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May 11, 2018
This quirky Mayfair bar takes its inspiration from Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg, the man who traversed the globe in 80 days. The place is like a small museum, stuffed with global curios, a shrine to the peculiar and unusual.
Stuffed down a little back alley, it doesn’t look like much from the outside, at least not until you glimpse the doorman, but on the inside you’ll find a room chock full of wonderful paraphernalia: crocodiles and wall-mounted busts, an abundance of maps and charts, stuffed tiger heads, birdcages, and bicycles: the things one might collect on one’s journey around the earth in fact. There’s a penny-farthing hanging from the ceiling and the staff all wear military uniforms.
Everything about the place from the email you receive on booking to the way they store your bags in the cloakroom – chimes with the chosen theme. It’s deliciously theatrical, a trip into a fantasy Victorian world, like stepping into the pages of a novel.
The level of detail really makes this place, turning it from cutesy theme bar, to something more immersive and exciting.
Brought to you buy the same team behind the silly but addictive Silvio Berlusconi-inspired Bunga Bunga in Battersea, this place is part gallery, part exercise in Punchdrunk-alike theatrics, the drinks coming care of the former bar manager at the Connaught Hotel. Cocktails are in keeping with the theming, dredged from old recipe books, and the whole place is opulent and romantic and huge amounts of fun.