Mr Fogg’s to relocate to art and antiques fair

Mr Fogg's

Award-winning London bar Mr Fogg’s will be transported to nearby Berkeley Square, London, as part of the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair this month.

Running from September 24 to 28, the pop-up will offer cocktails and champagne in a re-creation of the Mayfair bar’s Victorian interior which is full of art and antiques (pictured).

Like the bar, it will be inspired by the drawing room of Phileas Fogg, Jules Verne’s fictional explorer from the 1873 novel Around the World in 80 Days, and will be laden with artefacts and trinkets collected from his travels.

The walls will be adorned with stuffed Indian tigers and crocodiles, pictures and ornaments. Annotated maps and globes will feature prominently throughout the bar as will clocks, given the importance Mr Fogg places on punctuality.

Mr Fogg’s was opened last year by The Inception Group, run by hospitality entrepreneurs Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling who both enjoy shopping at antiques fairs and markets for the interiors of their bars.

Charlie said: “Mr Fogg’s is thrilled to collaborate with LAPADA, London’s leading art and antiques fair. It is a perfect fit for us as we both have a strong relationship with the past and a dedication for partnering design with antiques.

“We believe that people who enjoy stepping into another age of history, as they do when they arrive at Mr Fogg’s, will equally enjoy visiting the LAPADA Fair’s beautiful stands.”

A centrepiece of the Mayfair bar is an antique balloon basket that was bought through a dealer. The entire door frame of the building had to be removed to allow entry and the ceiling needed to be reinforced to support its considerable weight. “It is one of the most extraordinary pieces in the bar and a great talking point, so it was worth it,” Charlie said.

Mieka Sywak, LAPADA Fair director, added: “Mr Fogg’s is leading the trend for featuring period antiques and works of art within hospitality interior design. It is fun, atmospheric and sophisticated, and a real celebration of the Victorian age.

“We are very excited about this new collaboration where visitors can enjoy a classic cocktail or glass of Lanson champagne within an eclectic pop-up space.”

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