Ever dreamed of travelling around the globe, having adventures along the way and being paid to do it? Well these dreams could now become a reality thanks to conceptual hospitality company, Inception Group, who announced the job of a lifetime today. In celebration of the launch of their new bar, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, they will send one successful candidate and their travelling companion of choice Around the World in 80 Days, following a route inspired by Jules Verne’s fictional explorer, Phileas Fogg in his sensational Victorian novel.
Announced 146 years after Mr Fogg’s departure from Charing Cross Station on his epic journey with his trusty valet Passepartout, Mr Fogg’s have teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to offer an experience and position that most people can only dream of. From Mumbai to Hong Kong, Tokyo to San Francisco, New York to Lisbon, one lucky pair will be hired as Global Ambassadors as they race against the clock and around the world, ensuring they make it back in 80 days.
Our explorers will be kept busy along the way, charged with documenting this modern take on Mr Fogg’s original journey by writing in their bespoke Aspinal of London journal, posting on social media channels and writing a blog about their travels. Each explorer will be gifted an atlas, journal, luggage tags and a hip flask, all bespoke pieces made by Aspinal of London for the occasion. They will also be responsible for collecting botanicals and inspiration along the way to bring back to London to create their very own ‘Around the World Cocktail’ made with ingredients from every corner of the globe. Their path will lead them to the newly opened Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, a stone’s throw from Charing Cross Station, where the returning adventurers will be the first to try their own cocktail creation, which they will be able to enjoy on the house on every visit they make to the Society of Exploration.
But beware, the path to becoming one of the greatest storytellers of our age and retracing the steps of Phileas’s legendary expedition is no walk in the park. Explorers will undergo a rigorous application process culminating in finalists being selected by a real modern day explorer who would give Mr Fogg a run for his money.
Assisting in choosing that one lucky person, will be famed explorer, Levison Wood. Levison is also a best-selling author and photographer who has covered stories and events around the world for over ten years. His work has featured in international publications around the world including his celebrated ‘Walking The Nile’, ‘Walking The Americas’ and ‘Walking The Himalayas’ on Channel 4. He will use his extensive knowledge and expertise to find the bravest and most talented adventurers to embark on this expedition.
Inception Group founders Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling say of the project,
“We’ve loved welcoming people into Mr Fogg’s world without setting foot outside of London for over five years. We are now delighted to announce the expansion of the Mr Fogg’s collection and have the chance to send two people around the world in 80 days. We can’t wait to follow all of their global adventures – Phileas would be proud!”
To apply for the ultimate dream job, you will need:
· Good photography skills
· Strong brand awareness of Mr Fogg’s and Bombay Sapphire
· Excellent written communication skills
· Active social media skills
· Valid Passport
· A gin loving friend
The successful candidate will be expected to:
· Allow everyone to follow their journey with social media posts, digital videos, written posts and photographs on the Mr Fogg’s Around the World blog and social media accounts
· Collection of botanicals, herbs and spices from each destination to create the limited edition Around the World Cocktail which will feature exclusively at Mr Fogg’s new bar
· Represent both brands throughout their travels
To apply for the role:
· View (YouTube video created by Mr Fogg’s and Bombay Sapphire) for more information and pop up with “enter to explore the world”
· Submit your video via the portal www.mr-foggs.com/society-of-exploration
· Inception Group and Bombay Sapphire will select a shortlist of finalists before the successful candidate is selected from the shortlist by explorer Levison Wood
About Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration
In late 2018, a new bar will pull into The Strand at full steam ahead. Sticking to Jules Verne’s legendary explorer’s tight schedule, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration will throw open a window on to the world, complete with train carriage, map room and hidden wonders. Brought to The Strand by Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, and sister venue to acclaimed adventure collection brand, Mr Fogg’s, the bar will take guests on a thrilling journey inspired by Around The World in 80 Days.
About Inception Group
The Inception Group are well loved for their unique conceptual hospitality concepts and also own and operate Chelsea speakeasy Barts, 80s themed nightspot Maggie’s, Mr Fogg’s Residence, a Mayfair based bar that is modelled on the actual home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg and its sister venues, Mr Fogg’s Tavern, a Victorian-inspired Pub and Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, which serves over 300 gins, and Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, a Fitzrovia-based floral oasis serving up cocktails inspired by the botanicals found along Phileas’s journey. 2018 will see the arrival of two additional Mr Fogg’s concepts; Mrs Fogg’s and of course Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, with further Mr Fogg’s planned to follow in 2019.
Other Inception Group concepts include Cahoots, a 1940s-inspired bar set in a hidden underground tube station, as well as Bunga Bunga Covent Garden and BungaTINI. BungaTINI is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar while situated downstairs, is Bunga Bunga, an all-singing, all-dancing immersive supperclub brimming with old school Italian glamour.
Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration
1A Bedford Street
London, WC2E 9HH