Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals will open in Fitzrovia this June, followed by Mrs Fogg’s – inspired by Aouda, the intrepid explorer, Phileas Fogg’s wife, in Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel. Opening in Broadgate Circle in September, Mrs Fogg’s will be the group’s first foray into the City.
The last in the trio of new openings will see the unveiling this October of Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration situated just off the Strand.
Inception Group was founded in 2009 by Charlie Gilkes & Duncan Stirling when they were just 24 and 27. The group operates 10 of London’s most conceptual and popular venues, offering inventive food and drink served in eclectic settings.
The business has won several awards as well as industry-wide recognition, including being named in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 and winning London Lifestyle Awardsseveral years in a row.
The group’s first project was cult speakeasy bar Barts in 2009, swiftly followed by 80s themed nightclub, Maggie’s in 2010. Since then it has launched the legendary Bunga Bunga, serving up tongue-in-cheek Italian entertainment, food and cocktails at two sites, one in Covent Garden and one in Battersea.
Mr Fogg’s Residence was launched in 2013, a bar inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, swiftly followed by sister projects, Mr Fogg’s Tavern and Gin Parlour, and well loved Soho watering hole, Cahoots, set in a 1940s underground station. The group also owns the Squirrel healthy eating brand, which currently trades from a site in South Kensington.