Inception Group is opening the doors to its fifth Mr Fogg’s venue, Society of Exploration, based in London’s West End.
In true Mr Fogg’s style, the new venue will celebrate exploration and adventure, taking guests on a journey inspired by Around The World in 80 Days.
The two-storey “travel hub” is complete with cabinets of curiosities, souvenirs and artefacts. Guests will enter via a lobby with an oversized rotating globe marking the places visited and modes of transport that Phileas Fogg and his trusty valet Passepartout took.
Downstairs presents a Map Room which will house a collection of both antique and modern-day maps, host regular evening events with a resident explorer, and will also offer global drinking adventures, from cocktail masterclasses to spirit safaris.
There will also be a life-sized model of a Victorian Orient Express, complete with banquette seating and gleaming brass lamps where passengers can let off steam over a libation or two.
The main bar area will feature wooden panelling, shelves laden with travel books and encyclopedias, and warm leather armchairs to welcome weary travellers.
A multi-sensory drinks menu will take the form of an explorer’s journal, with each chapter focusing on one location, ranging from ancient man-made creations to wonders of the natural world.
Described as “a place for experiments and innovation”, Society of Exploration will give customers the chance to participate in the making of their drinks by pressing a button to trigger a chain reaction in a marvellous mechanical machine inspired by famous inventor Rube Goldberg.
Toasted crumpets will be served alongside nibbles such as croquettes, meat and cheese boards, and for the more daring culinary adventurer, crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers.
Society co-founder and keen traveller, Charlie Gilkes says of the project: “It’s been five years since we opened our first Mr Fogg’s, we’re thrilled to add a fifth venue to the collection and look forward to welcoming anyone with a love of travel, cocktails, or both to The Society of Exploration!”
Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration will join Mr Fogg’s Residence, Tavern, Gin Parlour and House of Botanicals.
Photography by Johnny Stephens.