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Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

An elaborately decorated Victorian-themed drinking den.

If my granny owned a bar, I would imagine it to be something like Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, since this extravagant West End cocktail salon is as vintage as they come. Dressed with embroidered chairs, chaise longues and other curiosities straight out of the nineteenth century, the Parlour is guaranteed to provide a sure-fire thrill to tourists from across the pond visiting London and expecting something out of a period drama.

It was busy when I visited, which doesn’t excuse the mardy service, but may explain why the food took so long to arrive. Bar snacks were a little confused, with padron peppers and salami sticks an exotic sight in such a deliberately old-fashioned setting. Portions were measly, too, so I’d suggest saving your money for drinks, which were the real joy at this bar.

The menu is an actual encyclopaedia of gin from which you can choose from around 300 varieties and have your perfect tipple custom made. The cocktails are incredible, as well as pretty unique – homemade Campari cordial isn’t something you see on every drinks menu – but they certainly don’t come cheap (I’m talking an astonishing £15 for a drink called Oscar’s Wild Raspberries).

For gin fanatics happy to splash the cash, this bar – sorry, parlour – is a must-visit place. And grannies would be very welcome, too.

By: Emily Watson

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Address: 1 New Row
London
WC2N 4EA
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq/Covent Garden
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Tastemaker

A charming, imaginative bar sure to put a smile on your face, from the quirky decor to the in-character (and extremely knowledgeable) waiters. The prices, however, are on the painful side. £14 for a drink means this isn't a place to linger. 

tastemaker

A hidden gem near Covent Garden. Head up the rickety staircase and it's like you've stepped back in time. Staff are dressed in19th century clothing, the decor is positively decadent, and the drinks are excellent. An incredible selection of gin and tonics alongside tonnes of gin based cocktails. The waiters and waitresses are really knowledgable about the spirit, tell them other brands you like or the flavours you're after and they'll recommend the perfect gin for you. Considering the beautiful interiors, great service and drinks, the experience is very reasonably priced. The perfect place for a fancy pre theatre drink, or a special date.

Tastemaker

Meander past the bar towards the gents and then spear off left through a bookcase door at the back of Mr Fogg's Tavern.Within lies a mad hatter.  He looks you up and down and, without a word, just a nod of the head, rings a tiny bell on a spring, which seems to go on and on and on.... A waist-coated waiter scurries down the dim stairs and beckons you into the gloom.  You follow him up the creaky, narrow stair case, your hand brushing against the wood clad walls.  Turning the corner at the top reveals Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour.  A 40s style speak easy, quiet and disconnected from the rest of Covent Garden.  The walls are lined with shelves covered in over 300 different gins.  Quite the Aladdin's cave for anyone with a penchant for juniper.Our area was half kitchen (taking me back to teenage house parties), half gin rack, however it had a really cosy feel and felt separate from the rest of the bar frequenters.One the downside, the decorations for our surprise birthday celebration were poo-pooed by the maítre’d and sited as being “against policy”, but we weren’t going to let this dampen our spirits.Our personal drinks-master concocted delicious gin cocktails on request, with a little too much flotsam and jetsam for my taste, and would pick you out a gin based on your particulars.Tell him you like rhubarb, there’s a gin for that!The selection is vast and eclectic, always well mixed and delicious (provided you don't choke to death on a sprig of rosemary).  Throughout the evening we were very well tended, even being offered an extension on our 8pm to 9:30pm booking, which we politely accepted. 

So what’s the matter with this place?  Why didn't I give it 5 stars?  It is possible (and very likely) that you will end up ordering a gin with a price tag reserved for Roman Abramovich (prices range from £7.50 to £80 for a 50ml measure, that’s a double…). This is further compounded by the fact that the default charging method is a table tab, and not pay as you go, meaning it’s easy to lose track of your spend.There is a menu, but reading through 300 odd gins is a bit of a chore, so you best bet is to go for something that isn’t vintage as these are the expensive ones (of the rest the top price is £25 for 50ml, but the vast majority are £7.50 to £12 for 50ml).Other than the bill, which is dis-pleasurable in any establishment, the evening was fantastic, staff were friendly and accommodating, and the atmosphere is fantastic.I would recommend going here on or just after payday though…

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