Any gin lover worth their botanicals knows the name Mr Fogg (inspired by the intrepid character from Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne); his gin parlour in Covent Garden is a byword for tastings, afternoon teas and exquisite cocktails.
Happily his Indian wife – Mrs Aouda Fogg – shares his passion and on 20 October will be launching the first-ever Mrs Fogg's in London: The Maritime Club and Distillery (click here to see the website) at Broadgate Circle. Mrs Fogg’s, the sixth in the Mr Fogg's collection, will serve up inventive cocktails, Indian menus and live entertainment all with a nod to her heritage and her nautical travels.
Explore the space
Located in Broadgate Circle and spanning two floors, Mrs Fogg’s will take guests on a magical 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 Club’s collection of curiosities. Guests will be swept away by the beauty of Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club, which will be complete with all of the sights and sounds of a faraway port.
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.
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.
The gin distillery
Tucked away below deck will lie Mrs Fogg’s 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 while 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.
The menu and cocktails
The menu at Mrs Fogg’s will evoke Aouda’s memories of home, with all the flavours and fragrances of the Asian continent. Lush libations will include new discoveries such as, Ta-Ta’s Margarita, a twist on a classic with turmeric-infused Cabrito Blanco tequila; Rinomato Americano Blanco, chili-infused honey, lime, starfruit and grapefruit tonic and A Mumbai Donkey, a mouthwatering mix of cardamom-infused Russian Standard Vodka, pear, parsley and ginger beer.
Open from 11am, Mrs Fogg’s 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 Broadgate.
Click here to book your spot on an experience of a lifetime.
37 Broadgate Circle
London EC2M 2QS
Visit the website to find out more or follow on Twitter and Instagram @mrfoggsgb or on Facebook @MrsFoggs
Photos by Johnny Stephens