This autumn, Mr Fogg will meet his match as intrepid adventurer Mrs Fogg sails into East London to raise the bar at her Maritime Club and Distillery. Inspired by Aouda, the explorer Phileas Foggs Indian wife, in Jules Vernes classic adventure novel, Around The World in 80 Days, Mrs Foggs will serve up inventive cocktails and innovative dishes with a nod to her heritage and her nautical travels. The bar, complete with its own gin distillery and steamer ship, will be the first project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling?s Inception Group to open in The City.
Located in Broadgate Circle and spanning two floors, Mrs Foggs will take guests on a fantastical journey aboard the Rangoon Steamer, which the adventurous Aouda has travelled back to England on, bringing with her exotic flavours, ingredients and relics to add to her Maritime Clubs collection of curiosities. Guests will be swept away by the beauty of Mrs Foggs Maritime Club, which will be complete with all of the sights and sounds of a faraway port, from the moment they enter. On the ground floor, a large central bar surrounded by lush foliage, large wooden fans and antique nautical items, will provide a focal point from where the talented bar team will serve up Indian-spiced cocktails sure to set The City on fire.
Downstairs, guests will discover the engine room – a secret space filled with all sorts of cargo, crates and stowaways, perfect for spirited evenings of live entertainment. Taking centre stage will be a custom-designed Rickshaw, courtesy of Monkey Shoulder, for cocktail-enthusiasts to pedal and shake their way to cocktail bliss and create their own signature concoctions. Also tucked away below deck will lie Mrs. Foggs fully working gin distillery, which will be modelled on the underground Victorian distilleries of the period. Having learnt the secrets of botanicals, herbs and ingredients involved in the distillation process whilst on her travels, she is keen to pass on her knowledge to groups who will help her to produce her own in-house gin, which can also be taken home as a souvenir as a part of the regular masterclasses available.
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The menu at Mrs Foggs will evoke Aoudas memories of home, with all the flavours and fragrances of the Asian continent. Her household staff, clad immaculately in authentic yet contemporary naval attire, will offer a cocktail menu that will ignite curiosity, shake the senses and warm the soul. Lush libations will include new discoveries such as, Ta-Tas Margarita, a twist on a classic with turmeric-infused Cabrito Blanco tequila, Rinomato Americano Blanco, Chili-infused Honey, Lime, Starfruit & Grapefruit Tonic and A Mumbai Donkey, a mouthwatering mix of Cardamom-infused Russian Standard Vodka, Pear, Parsley and Ginger beer.
Open from 11am, Mrs Foggs will serve up small plates inspired by the cuisine of the subcontinent until late. Guests can tuck into everything from Keralan Fried Chicken and Mini Mango Salads, to Sweet Potato Pani Puri and Jackfruit Biryani presented in traditional Indian tiffin boxes. On Saturday afternoons, a Tiffin Tea experience comprised of sweet and savoury bites served in Dabbawala tins, live entertainment, and eclectic cocktails will be available to book. An expansive outdoor terrace with aged canvas umbrellas, warm wooden furniture and exotic plants will provide a verdant oasis in the middle of bustling Broadgate.
Co-founder Charlie Gilkes says of the project: We are delighted that Mr Fogg has found his perfect partner and look forward to introducing Mrs Fogg to Londoners very soon.
37 Broadgate Circle
Tel: 0207 590 5257
Monday – Sunday: 11am-12am