Luxury London Afternoon Tea at Mr Foggs, Mayfair
Mr Fogg’s “Around the World and Back to Mayfair”
15 Bruton Lane
020 7299 1200
You wake late morning, your maid draws your curtains and fluffs your pillows. It’s a beautiful Spring summers day….. and time for some wonderful London luxury. I am meeting an old French friend of mine at a very exclusive venue, half Mayfair restaurant and half Mayfair café. A wonderful slice of English literature, history, fable and class all blended together as if it were one of Mr Fogg’s cocktails.
If you are type of person that likes London bohemia, dark walls, velvet cushions, frivolity in a secret setting then you will love Mr Foggs, a name that conjures up heady days of adventure and tales of long journeys and high seas.
I certainly do and in general mourn the fact that everything is so available, in fact in days gone past Gentlemans Butler would have had an office in Mayfair, probably with no name and our dealings would be done in dark smoky clubs passing notes to my man to send off to clients across town ….mmm yes what a wonderful idea!
Anyway back to 2014
Last summer Mr Fogg’s arrived in Mayfair, a recreation of the actual home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg, modelled on the very Mayfair house in which Phileas Fogg would have lived after travelling Around the World in 80 Days.
Travelling to Green Park on Gentlemans Butler’s favourite London bus, the number 22 then walking up Berkeley Street, one heads onto Bruton Lane. For a minute imagine it’s a dark foggy night … well all you would see is some beautiful vintage brass lanterns and a splendidly dressed member of staff to let you in.
Through the doors Mr. Fogg’s trusty valet Passepartout is on hand to take guests’ coats, umbrellas and calling cards.
To further add to the authenticity of the bar, a selection of staff are also dressed in specially designed, bespoke, old-fashioned Military style uniforms, created by Gentlemans outfitters Gieves & Hawkes.
Mr Fogg’s is modeled on the eccentric explorer’s period drawing room laden with artifacts and trinkets collected from his travels. The walls are adorned with everything from stuffed Indian tigers and crocodiles to ornaments collected through his worldwide voyage. Annotated maps and pictures from his travels also feature prominently throughout the bar, as do clocks, given the importance Mr Fogg places on punctuality.
A piano for sing-alongs and an open fireplace to welcome any weary traveller to its hearth also provide focal points. As Fogg was a hero of the Victorian age, guests are able to toast an imposing portrait of its matriarch, Queen Victoria, hanging alongside paintings of him and his ancestors.
Mr Fogg’s provides an elegant global drinking adventure on each occasion.
Myself and mon amie had plumted for MR FOGG’S TIPSY TEA
Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford is credited with inventing afternoon tea in 1841, when she started drinking tea and eating a light snack to bridge the long gap between meals. Now, the Duchess and Mr Fogg have teamed up to cordially invite guests to partake in what was truly the height of fashion in Victorian times and remains as equally popular today.
The staff, a wonderful array of characters from all corners of the globe were not only welcoming but played their part delightfully, serving an array of dainty sandwiches, cakes, pastries and petiits-fours, presented on traditional three-tiered stands and served on embossed fine bone china, delights will include; cucumber, coronation chicken, smoked salmon, and cheese and ham sandwiches, Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle cake, meringue tarts, macaroons, marzipan and glacé fruits.
An innovative range of tea-infused cocktails served in teapots will offer a novel twist on this quintessentially English pasttime. Refreshing libations will include; 1840; a zingy blend of Earl Grey-infused Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, Cointreau, crème de pêche and orange marmalade, and Woburn Abbey, a refreshing mix of English breakfast tea-infused Tanqueray No. TEN with crème de bergamot, lemon juice and bee pollen sugar.
For those who prefer an indulgent champagne cocktail with their tea, sample the Anna Maria Russell, made with Tatratea liqueur, sloe gin, lemon bitters, and topped with Ruinart Champagne or Belvoir Castle, a light concoction of Tanqueray No. TEN-infused jasmine tea with rose liqueur, pomegranate juice, cherry purée topped with Ruinart Champagne and a mist of Harry Brompton’s Iced tea.
Gentlemen, please do remember your calling cards, ladies, gloves are optional. The Duchess and Mr Fogg are eagerly awaiting your arrival for a celebration of one of Britain’s most well loved rituals, summed up perfectly in the words of the well known song; “At half past three, everything stops for tea”.
The guests, though not personally introduced TUT !! TUT!! were I would say a mix of slightly creative and lovers of vintage together with guests from across the globe. We both thoroughly enjoyed the setting, gauged on fancies and cake and had a good old yarn. Highly recommended and enjoyed.
Afternoon Tea at Mr Fogg’s
Afternoon Tea is £35 Per Person
15 Bruton Lane
020 7299 1200