Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals
Bar in Fitzrovia
Mr Fogg’s is becoming a very popular chain in London. Starting off in Mayfair five years ago, it now also has two venues in Covent Garden and a brand new bar in Fitzrovia.
The bars are named after the famous Phileas J. Fogg, Esq. who embarked upon his journey around the world on 2 October 1872. He had a bet with members of the Reform Club that he could complete his trip within 80 days. Cue detectives, crime, love and surprise, Mr Fogg somehow managed to win his wager!
During his travels, Mr Fogg made friends with some of the world’s most valued scientists, botanists and cultivators of herbaceous wonders. The new bar in Fitzrovia is aptly named the House of Botanicals to display this assortment of articles.
The Cocktail Theme
As you arrive, the beauty of the plants and the gorgeous white spiral staircase immediately wows you. Walk ins are able to experience the downstairs bar but you need a reservation for upstairs. The botanical theme is even more pronounced upstairs with floral seating, beautiful plants and flowers and, of course, a couple of large globes! It is all table service upstairs and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.
The cocktail menu upstairs is based on “The Language of Flowers”. Mr Fogg says that flowers speak a language clear and intelligible. You must observe them, love them, linger over them and ask your own heart if they do not speak of affection, benevolence and piety. There are 12 cocktails to chose from, all inspired from different flowers and feelings.
We loved the sound of all the cocktails and thought the inventive nature just added to the experience. We choose Pink Rose (£12) representing Courtship with Hendrick’s Irbium gin, Lazzaroni maraschino liquer, pink rose & lime cordial, lemon and egg white. It was such a gorgeous cocktail and was floral, fresh and light.
The Cherry Blossom cocktail (£13) represented Beauty with Star of Bombay gin, Evangelista Ratafia liquer, falernum, almond, pineapple, lime and sakura tea foam. The cocktail was served in a dome in a cup and was sweet nutty and aromatic with hints of cherry bakewell!
The Viola (£12) signified respect and has VII Hills Gin, Yellow Charteuse Herbal Liqueur, Crème De Violette Liqueur, yoghurt powder, chamomile, lemon curd and egg white. It was creamy, delicate and sour and went down rather well!
Lastly, we tried the Apple Blossom (£12) was a mixture of rum, verde liqueur, a port reduction and apple and pomegranate juices. This was a little sweet for my liking and had too much ice in -we definitely preferred the others.
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals Bar in Fitzrovia is just gorgeous! The choice of cocktails were excellent, the staff were so friendly and the decor is amazing. The downstairs bar is still beautiful and is more informal (and cheaper!) than upstairs. This bar is definitely worth a visit.
East London Girl: Mr Fogg’s House of Botancials
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