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Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Strand
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 (© Johnny Stephens Photography)
© Johnny Stephens Photography
 (© Johnny Stephens Photography)
© Johnny Stephens Photography
 (© Johnny Stephens Photography)
© Johnny Stephens Photography

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3 out of 5 stars

Another bar in the Mr Fogg’s family, inspired by adventures around the world.

If a G&T won’t cut it, how about an elaborate mix of gin and beer served in an elephant’s tusk? That’s a drink on offer at Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration. On a side street just off the Strand, it’s one of a handful of locations in the Mr Fogg’s bar group and it claims to be a whistlestop tour around the world through booze. The menu is split into sections named after different remote areas of the world – the Sahara desert, the Amazon rainforest, the North Pole – with drinks inspired by each location.

Inspiration for drinks clearly isn’t the only thing Phileas Fogg has picked up on his travels. Sledges hang from the ceiling, stuffed animal heads line the walls and there’s a badger on the bar (not a live one). If you want to feel like you’re off on your own expedition, there’s even a recreation of the Orient Express in which you can sit and sip – or you can kick back in a cosy booth or velvet armchair if you’re not feeling quite so intrepid.

That concoction in an elephant’s tusk (it’s fake, don’t worry) is the Palette of Life, made with gin, Rinomato aperitif and pale ale. It might sound like overkill but it was actually really refreshing and citrussy. The Savannah, on the other hand, was an incredibly punchy mix of rum, vermouth, apricot-and-fig ketchup, cinnamon and paprika salt. It came served in a terracotta pot with some brown, netted fabric over the top and a straw inserted through it, which – slightly off-puttingly – means you can’t actually see what you’re drinking. Still, it’s all super-creative and the bar staff really know what they’re doing.

There’s one cocktail that doesn’t require any heavy lifting from them at all, though, thanks to the ‘mechanical mixologist’. This impressive-looking contraption sits in the middle of the bar and creates perfectly balanced negronis at the touch of a button. Okay, it’s slightly gimmicky, but it was fun to watch it in action.

Of course, if you really did just want a G&T, you could order one – but where’s the sense of adventure in that?



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Who doesn’t love a themed cocktail bar? Explorer vibes galore at Mr Foggs Society of Exploration, one of the latest openings from the team behind Mr Foggs gin parlour, Bunga Bunga and Cahoots. 

After being greeted by a host in a safari hat we took our seats in the train carriage - reminiscent of the Underground train in Cahoots. The drinks are undeniably impressive - my friend’s Polynesian themed cocktail came in an Easter island cup complete with pineapple candy floss and buzz powder on top. 

Nestled just off the Strand near Covent Garden, this place is perfect for a special occasion but at around £12-£14 a cocktail (and a £14 cheeseboard) you’d only really stay for one. 

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