|Phileas Fogg celebrated at new Mayfair bar|
|Written by Laura Heywood|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:55|
A bar recreating the home of Jules Verne's famous adventurer Phileas Fogg will be opening its doors this summer.
Located in Mayfair, Mr Fogg's is the first West End project from Inception Group, whose founders Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling have also created Chelsea speakeasy Barts, 80's-themed nightclub Maggie's and Italian bar, pizzeria and karaoke venue Bunga Bunga.
The interior will be modelled on the Mayfair house Phileas Fogg would have lived after travelling around the world in 80 days, with the eccentric explorer's period drawing room laden with artifacts and trinkets collected from his travels.
Hidden down a small side street off Berkeley Square, a small plaque will mark a door with Victorian lanterns hanging outside. On arrival, Mr. Fogg's valet Passepartout will be on hand to take guests' coats, umbrellas and calling cards.
Mark Jenner, former bar manager of The Coburg bar at The Connaught Hotel, has come on board to run the bar, which will feature rare and unusual products from each continent.
The menu will be a interpretation of Victorian cocktail culture, with classics from the era being revived with a modern twist, such as Absinthe Aperitifs, Gin Fizzes, Grog's, Sazeracs, Stirrup Cups and Pouce Cafés. There will also be sharing drinks served in vessels including globes, red indian's heads, steam trains and antique punch bowls.
Founder Charlie Gilkes said: "We've created Mr Fogg's with a sense of history, adventure, fun and imagination. We hope to take you on a journey very soon - just don't be late, we're on a tight schedule."