Bar Highlight | Mr Foggs
Located in the heart of London is a new cocktail bar Mr Foggs House of Botanicals, photographer Catherine Frawley stopped by a few weeks ago to visit the new site and Mr Foggs House of Botanicals as the name suggests is a botanical paradise, taking guests on a sensory journey to enchanted land of plants, herbs and spices that intrepid traveller, Phileas Fogg has brought back from his Around the World in 80 Days voyage.
Upon entering, plants hang from the ceiling, the walls are adorned with botanical prints, the bar is fashioned from an apothecary cabinet. The ceilings are high the sash windows large. Up a spiral staircase you enter the ‘lounge’ area, more cosy and intimate, lots of tables, comfy floral chairs and the walls are adorned in floral wallpaper. Shelves and bookcases are filled with the explorer’s botanical acquisitions and eccentric souvenirs of his global adventures.
The menu, The Secret Language of Flowers, is a work of art, beautifully illustrated and each cocktail evocatively described. Inspired by the Victorian tradition of expressing secret emotions through the giving of certain flowers, each drink represents a different flower and feeling, from love to forgiveness.
I tried the Hibiscus, Apple Blossom & Red Rose cocktails, each unique and complex and beautifully presented, the taste was exquisite, with the Apple Blossom being my favourite.
The attention to detail from the moment you step through the door to the thought behind the cocktail creations is impressive and the end result, the cocktails themselves are some of the best I’ve ever had.
They were kind enough to share the recipe for their cocktail, The Drunken Parrot.
The Drunken Parrot
50ml of Bacardi Carta Fuego rum
20ml Briotett Manzana Verde apple liqueur
25ml blackberry purée
20ml fresh lime juice
20ml cinnamon syrup
30ml rubicon pomegranate juice
sprig of mint
mini apple in syrup with chocolate
icing sugar on top
Ice cubes as needed
Combine all ingredients, shake and strain. Garnish as desired.
Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals
48 Newman Street
London, W1T 1QQ
Words & Photography by Catherine Frawley