Novel bar for high-fliers at LAPADA

Mr Fogg’s, the Around the World in 80 Days-inspired bar, returns to the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square next month.

Modeled after the Victorian period drawing room of much-loved fictional explorer, Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Mr Fogg’s bar captures the character’s adventurous spirit in the nostalgic recreation.

A pair of mid-Victorian walnut low club chairsLAPADA dealer Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques, specialist in luxury 18th and 19th century antiques and maritime works of art and paraphernalia, will furnish the pop-up bar with artworks, objects and furniture that would have been collected during the period. Each piece will go through the LAPADA Fair’s rigorous vetting process ensuring quality and authenticity and will be available for sale.

The specially selected works include a fine shipyard model of an early sailing steam screw ship, Battle of Camperdown’by Charles Dixon and a pair of mid Victorian walnut low club chairs. Luxury wallpaper specialists, de Gournay, will be adding a special touch, decorating the pop-up bar with its exquisite hand-painted designs.

Battle of Camperdown by Charles DixonAlong with a selection of classic cocktails, Mr Fogg’s will offer tipsy tea and an extended menu throughout the day. Champagne Lanson, Bombay Sapphire, Whitstable Bay beer and Fentiman’s botanical soft drinks will be the tipples of choice for antique hunters.

Dynamic hospitality entrepreneurs, Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, Founders of Inception Group, will oversee the curation of the space ensuring it reflects the refined, yet quirky, character of their original bar.

In September 2015, they opened Mr Fogg’s Tavern and Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour on St Martin’s Lane, the first spin off by Inception Group of the Fogg’s brand. Set over two floors, it has an ‘upstairs downstairs’ theatrical theme with a Victorian pub on the ground floor and a refined Gin Parlour upstairs that is home to one of London’s largest gin collections.

A fine shipyard model of an early sailing steam screw shipCharlie Gilkes, co-founder of The Inception Group, commented, “The LAPADA Fair is the perfect place to host the Mr Fogg’s pop-up bar. We understand the value in creating pleasurable environments through evocative and attractive interior design. The LAPADA Fair offers a fantastic opportunity to source the most interesting antique and vintage objects on the market.”

Mieka Sywak, LAPADA Fair Director, said, “The Mr Fogg’s bar is a draw for our visitors, thanks to its fun, quirky and enticing atmosphere paired with the best cocktails in town. We are looking forward to building on the established partnership with Wick Antiques, and I am sure the results will be even more exciting this year.”

The LAPADA Fair takes place from Tuesday 13th September until Sunday 18th September.

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