Mr Fogg's

Bars and pubs Mayfair
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If you thought you’d collected a lot of crap on your holidays, wait until you see Mr Fogg’s. This place is literally stuffed with the detritus of the Victorian explorer of the name: every wall is covered with hunting rifles, stuffed animals, weathered flags and maps. All right, these are just the imaginary souvenirs of an imaginary traveller, but that doesn’t make the profusion of clutter any less dazzling – or any less fun.

It'd be easy for cocktails to take second place with an interior like this, but at Mr Fogg's the seriously knowledgeable bar staff make sure they're punchy, exciting and altogether sensational. It’s not cheap – this is Mayfair, after all – but for sheer spectacle Mr Fogg's is hard to beat.

Venue name: Mr Fogg's
Contact:
Address: 15 Bruton Lane
London
W1J 6JD
Opening hours: Open 5pm-1am Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Green Park
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Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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Aude
tastemaker

I went to Mr Fogg's this Sunday for their original tipsy tea!


The venue is amazing, so different that what I am used to see. We were seated in the veranda which is really beautiful.

I opted for a champagne tea pot which was absolutely delicious.


Regarding the food, I was a bit disappointed by the cakes which were not really original neither really good.


But now I tried their champagne tea, you can be sure, I will go back to try their cocktails! No doubt they will be as delicious as the tea!

MissLDN
Tastemaker

I have to admit that I am completely and utterly enchanted by this place. I went there for a birthday party the other week and little did I know, that I would enter a different world.


You are greeted in front of an amazing looking wooden door and you feel like you have fallen down the rabbit hole once you are inside. Being distracted by the impressive interior of the bar it took me a while to get a chance to look at the drinks menu, this being said, it had another Wow effect on me. All cocktails sound really well put together and it's pretty hard to decide. As already stated in various other comments the staff is not only attentive and polite, but boy, do they know the drinks by heart and they found the right cocktail for everyone in our group.


As it has been one of the rather nice and warm evening's this year some of us ventured to the "garden" in the back. Even the scaffolding of the next building did not take the magic away. By the end of the evening I was expecting Mr Fogg to jump up and go for another trip around the world...


It is an unexpected place in the heart of Mayfair and definitely a gem worth going.  

Kritt N
Tastemaker

If you love all-things quirky and you love cocktails, then this is the place for you. Mr Fogg’s Residence is brilliant.



Only a few minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station, this establishment gets all quirky from the moment you arrive from the heavy knocking of the front door required to be let in, the stuffed animal heads that adorns the walls, the antique typewriter and the ornate grandfather clock. All this before you’ve sat yourself down and looked at the massive menu.



Inspired by Mr Fogg’s ‘around the 80 days’ achievement and the things that he must have seen while on his travels, there are 80(!) cocktails to choose from - a collection so large the menu feels more like an encyclopaedia a than menu. All drinks are quirkily named (Gin O’Clock on the Dock, anyone?) and all presented in their own quirky ways. One particular drink I ordered came in a small mysterious box with smokes seeping out from within...



Don’t be alarmed by the massive collection of drinks open to you. The fine, charming staff are brilliantly in helping you narrow down your choices based on your preference and they definitely their stuff. You’ll be sure of finding something that tickles your fancy.



There’s no queuing here at Mr Fogg’s as you are served at your table. If you’re planning on heading over with a group, there are options available perfect for groups. If you have a larger group, there is an outdoor terrace that can hold up to 25 of your mates. Perfect for those summer days and nights.



Here’s a little tip: head on a Wednesday or Thursday night. The resident magician pays a regular visit to Mr Fogg’s so if you see him around on those night, you might be in for your magic show. Impressive tricks too. If you fancy trying one of the more quirkier cocktails, ask the staff to point out cocktails with a quirky presentation. A few theatrics is never a bad thing.



A quite brilliant cocktail venue. Perfect for any occasions and I would definitely recommend anyone to check this place out.

Sarah
tastemaker

First time being at Mr. Fogg's makes you feel like you have entered a secret society place and I believe that is exactly the kind of vibe this place is going for. Secluded, with mysterious entrance door, funky decor and almost always fully booked, especially 2nd part of the week. It's prime location attracts interesting mix of people.
Cocktails are definitely delicious, I would recommend getting the one served in a tea cup, gives it a nice touch!

Lilli
Tastemaker

I almost don't want to write a review for Mr.Fogg's as I fear it will get even more popular and well known and I will never get a seat anymore! 

Definitely book well in advance for this one. The cocktails are quite pricey, but some of the best in town. Mr. Fogg's would have been a great addition to any London neighborhood, but in Mayfair it really stands out and is a great alternative to pretentious bars or your usual pub. I could sit there for hours just looking at the decorations!

Samantha H
Tastemaker

Great little bar tucked away in the back streets of Mayfair.  Worth calling or emailing ahead to make a reservation as this place gets packed!  Cocktails are nice and it really does feel like you are sat in someone's living room which means that it is super comfy to chill for a few hours! 

Ladyvp
Tastemaker

This bar can be quite difficult to get into without a booking but if you do it it is great! Very warm and quirky, much better in winter than in the summer. I have been here many times and the cocktails are really nice and the service has always been on point. 

TheMixedMedic
Tastemaker

Based on the character Mr Fogg from ‘around the world in 80 days’ this small and vibrant bar is aptly decorated with bird cages, half a hot air balloon, bicycles hanging from the ceilings and a global selection of drinks. There is no room for dancing but it’s a perfect size for making new friends or just sitting back and people watching in this unique setting. I feel that you can always tell how good a bar is by the age range it accommodates, at 60 I still want to be that well dressed lady at a classy yet trendy bar in London on a Saturday night. 

Jenni D
Tastemaker

When a classy friend, said she wanted us to arrange her a classy hen do, we hit Time Out in search of the best cocktail bars in town. Time after time, Mr Fogg's came up, so we booked a table, agreed we'd spend at least £30 a head (as per the website) and made our way to Mayfair.


Inside the bar is smaller than it seemed online, decked in loads of fun nick naks and top to toe in dark wood. The menu didn't disappoint - it was rammed with what seemed like hundreds of fun sounding cocktails. We ordered and waited what seemed like a short eternity for our drinks to arrive. When they did, they packed a punch and looked amazing. 


Whilst it was a perfectly nice place to spend an evening, I won't be going back. This is the sort of bar you come to take photos and say you've been. The atmosphere was really lacking and the service was painfully slow. We would have spent more had we got our drinks a little quicker. Pretty painful on the purse strings too.

Sheens86
Tastemaker

Isolated old-fashioned cocktail bar in the heart of Mayfair. There is a charming door man dressed in a Victorian-esque outfit who has to ring the bell before allowing entry. Theme of the bar is Phileas Fogg related … didn’t see that coming, did ya? Very cool interior with penny farthing bikes, bird cages and a semi inflated hot air balloon hanging from the ceiling! The lighting is good, not too dark and the music is mellow; doesn’t overpower conversation. The staff are very friendly and help you choose the right cocktail, the selection is vast as is the sheer number of liquor bottles behind the bar! I liked it ... but there wasn't anything spectacularly different about it and the cocktails were slightly overpriced for what they were.

Nicky G
Tastemaker

Perfect for 'let's try cocktails somewhere different this week', because at £42 for two cocktails, some beef jerky and mixed nuts to share it's not a cheap night out but it's definitely different. The Phileas Fogg theme means you can spend a good hour just staring at the junk on the walls - from the penny farthings above the bar to the taxidermy on the walls and parachutes above a ceiling lamp - and imagine you're in a gentlemens' lounge in Victorian times, about to chat to Phileas Fogg himself. It's all surprisingly tacky (in a good way) for a Mayfair joint. 

Hannah R

Underwhelming. Nice decor and loved the stories played in the toilets. Went for afternoon tea, the food was crude and drinks average.

Rosie A
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A solid 3 stars for me (which means generally good). Love the decor in this place, it's fun, it's a speakeasy, it's beautifully decorated. I found the staff to the friendly and I like that they play you creepy fairytales in the loos. The drinks were really mehhhhh for me though. I love a cocktail or 12 and these just didn't cut it compared other London drinkeries. Unnecessarily fussy, in my opinion. Stick to the classics, have a few wildcards, and that would be much better, Mr Fogg. 

Bonnie W

One of my favourite watering holes! The service is fantastic and helpful. Yes the drinks are quite pricey but the servers make sure to keep snacks topped up for free and it's a beautiful place to while away an hour or two. 

Charlotte S

I hated thus place. The staff were snooty and rude, the drinks were hugely overpriced and really not very nice and the whole venue was just pretentious and self-glorified. Okay, you're based in Mayfair; who the hell cares? It doesn't mean you can be a jerk, buddy

Charly Lester
Staff Writer

Great venue.  Tucked away in a side street, even getting in feels like an adventure.  The decor is novel and clever, and the cocktail list is extensive.  Great choice for a first, or fifty-first date, but be prepared to splash out.


Charly Lester

Time Out Head of Dating

Gwendolyn

Quite a little gem to dazzle friends with on a birthday or visit to London. Drinks are creative (but, of course, expensive), atmosphere is warm, music is good, fellow drinkers have style. A little disappointment about a reservation policy requiring a credit card number.. that will never do - please Mr. Foggs have a think about this - but overall such a nice place to go and unfurl. A strong four stars - the only reason not a 5 is cost of cocktails & credit card nonsense.

miha

Simple AMAZING. Great local. Nice bar with his own soul. You must visit it!!

Naomi Scott

Hidden down a dark side road in town, finally I can see a bar with no name. Kitsch 1920's doorman hang outside and greet me by calling me ma'am. Do you have a reservation they ask, thankfully the answer is yes. They ring an old fashioned door bell and I enter the world of Mr Foggs, escorted to the drawing room to my table I marvel at the lions head and gaitor skin on the wall. Full of Mr Foggs antiquities and 1920's music, the drinks are served in lead crystal, and beers in silver tankards, I love this place. A trip to the bathroom is a delight, old fadhioned and pretty loo's with the Jules Verne novel read out around you. This place is fun, quirky and beautiful. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Rosie

Down a rather shabby lane (well, for Mayfair anyway) you'll find this wee little gem of a bar. As we arrived a lovely looking young boy was being turned away; book a table, is the moral of this story. We smugly breeze pass him and a doorman dressed in faux 1920s attire greets us with his little black book. Our names are written down. I thought this was a lovely touch. Sadly, we entered and there was a posh, modern, beautiful iPad with our actual reservation (the app most restaurant managers would dream of). Anyhow, we were seated. Water and crackers were bought to us for FREE! Great, I think. I do love good table service. The bar was busy. Full of the people you might expect in one of these places. I am glad I wore heels! Then we waited. And waited. Discussed the option of heading up to the bar to order. Then finally we were served. I opted for a Fish bowl punch. As alcoholic as you might expect and garnished with a bit of tree. Is this the new thing? Are twigs from the local tree in Green Park in vogue these days? Our bill was noteworthy. Sixty quid for four cocktails. But this is what you get in Mayfair. Overall, I enjoyed it. The little extras are lovely, the décor is superb and the cocktails are delicious. I don't think I would go again but is definitely worth taking the girlfriend as a special treat or just a mid week date.

John Simpson

Incredible attention to detail! Absolutely loved this place....Almost reluctant to let the secret out!

Dave
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Dear sirs I have attended your establishment recently on two previous occasions, both were very pleasant. I am now very disappointed to learn that upon trying to book a table for four people on the 10th December at 7pm I was requested to give my credit card details over the phone including the security code. This I had to refuse for very obvious reasons: 1. It leaves the card wide open to fraudulent use by anybody your booking personnel gives the details to. 2. No credit card company will cover you for fraudulent use if you give your details to anybody over the phone. This is a ridiculous  request  by any business - I would suggest that set up a secure on line booking system if the majority of your visitors are of the unscrupulous type. Very disappointed.  Dave Sent from my iPad