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Inception Group take over Studio 54 for their annual Christmas Party in January 2024!

By Inception Group, News
Dressed up in glitz & glam, the entire Inception Group team grooved the night away at STEREO Covent Garden on Monday 15th January. An electrifying live band, flowing drinks and a delicious food and mac & cheese station all made for an unforgettable night, marking the culmination of our hard work throughout 2023! Scroll down to see some of the incredible outfits of the night…

Mrs Fogg’s transformed into new Mr Fogg’s City Tavern

By Inception Group, Mr Fogg's, News
Due to popular demand, we are thrilled to announce that, after an extensive refurbishment, Mrs Fogg’s in Liverpool Street has been transformed into the all-new Mr Fogg’s City Tavern.
Situated in the heart of Broadgate Circle, this eccentric Victorian-style tavern offers a selection of draught beers, punches, expertly crafted cocktails and traditional British pub grub. The City Tavern also hosts a lively brunch on Saturdays, alongside live screenings of key sports games throughout the year. Find out more HERE.
Welcoming work-dos, group bookings and large-scale private events, we are thrilled to offer two floors of unique spaces at Mr Fogg’s City Tavern. From a spacious outdoor area within Broadgate Circle and a luxurious Saloon Bar adjoining the main tavern, to a state-of-the-art karaoke system in the downstairs Luggage Room, explore our newest spaces available for private hire HERE.

Inception Group’s 15th site to launch in Borough Market…

By Inception Group, Mr Fogg's, News
Exciting announcement! We are delighted to share the news of our latest venture in the heart of Borough Market. Situated at 20 Stoney Street, SE1, this remarkable addition will mark Inception Group’s 15th site.
Charlie Gilkes, our co-founder, couldn’t contain his excitement: “We have just finalized the lease for this incredible site, brimming with character and nestled within an old railway arch. Located at the heart of Borough Market, we have ambitious plans to introduce an original and unforgettable bar concept to this renowned destination.”
Stay tuned as we will reveal the proposed concept and name for 20 Stoney Street later this year!

Launching Mr Fogg’s Hat Tavern & Gin Club this July…

By Inception Group, Mr Fogg's, News
We are thrilled to announce our latest addition to The Mr Fogg’s Collection on Soho’s Great Chapel Street – The Hat Tavern & Gin Club! Bookings are now open from Wednesday 5th July.
Found opposite the renowned Henry Heath’s Hat Factory, you’ll find The Hat Tavern on the ground floor with exquisite bar snacks, alongside an impressive selection of draught beers, ales, punches and expertly crafted cocktails. Beneath, discover our secretive Gin Club, which will house Mr Fogg’s vast collection of fine gins and hats of all shapes and sizes.
Find out more about our second Mr Fogg’s site in Soho HERE.

Inception Away Day 2023

By Inception Group, News
This May, sixty of Inception Group’s managers headed to Athens, Greece, and embarked on our annual conference. As well as reflecting on key achievements of the past year, we identified areas for improvement and outlined our exciting future plans! True to Inception’s spirit, the group split into teams to participate in our annual group challenge, which involved engaging in team-building tasks throughout the city, drawing inspiration from Greek culture. After two action-packed days, brimming with adventure, unforgettable moments and inspirational experiences, the company trip served as a perfect platform to communicate key messages and foster connections between colleagues from different departments and venues.

Watch Mr Fogg shaking a cocktail on the slopes

By Inception Group, News
Introducing our latest activation for Mr Fogg’s with Grey Goose! Travel via your taste buds to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, with a cocktail invented by Phileas J. Fogg himself whilst skiing and shaken 2000m high on the snowy slopes, upon one of his alpine adventures.
This invigorating Grey Goose Martini cocktail has been inspired by the glorious snow-capped peaks, from the crisp mountain air to the woody scent of the alpine forests, designed to awaken the senses.
‘A Sip of the Alps’ is currently available to try at selected Mr Fogg’s venues, served from a beautiful chilled Aspinal flask! Find out more HERE.

Best Pub/Bar Company Award 2023

By Inception Group, News
We are delighted to announce that Inception Group has won ‘Best Pub/Bar Company Award’ at the highly coveted MCA Retailers’ Retailer Awards, as voted by our industry peers. Shortlisted amongst the likes of Fullers and Greene King, each award is voted for by all the major hospitality industry leaders and we couldn’t be prouder to have received such fantastic recognition.
A huge thank you to everyone for playing a part in helping us achieve this award, from the support office to our on-site staff – it’s one big team effort!

Inception Group Away Day 2021 – Brighton & Hove

By Inception Group

From 18th to 20th October, Inception Group’s head office, venue managers and head chefs escaped London for a seaside getaway to Brighton and Hove, celebrating in true Inception style at the stunning Rockwater.

Divided into groups of three, each day consisted of a morning breakfast conference followed by lunch, an afternoon on the beach and dinner with plenty of drinks in between!

The company trip was the perfect opportunity to bring colleagues back together and the team returned to London feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the busy Christmas season ahead! #IGAwayDay2021


Inception Group WINS ‘Best Late Night Operator’ In the UK at The Publican Awards 2020!

By Inception Group, News

Inception Group is delighted to announce our fifth award of 2020 so far! Last night, we were named ‘Best Late Night Operator’ in the UK at The Publican Awards 2020. Honouring excellence within the pubco sector and judged by a panel of hospitality experts, these prestigious awards represent the pinnacle of success within the industry, and we’re thrilled to be recognised alongside the other esteemed finalists, Stonegate Pub Company and The Deltic Group. 

This is our second Publican Award, following our largest brand, Mr Fogg’s, winning the ‘Best Pub Brand/Concept’ award last year (2019). Inspired by Jules Verne’s fictional character, Phileas J. Fogg, in his novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the Mr Fogg’s collection doubled in size to six venues across London in 2018, and with more on the horizon, the Mr Fogg’s brand continues to go from strength to strength.

Charlie Gilkes & Duncan Stirling, Inception Group Co-Founders

On winning the award, Charlie Gilkes, Co-Founder of Inception Group says:

“We were so honoured to win our first Publican Award last year for Mr Fogg’s, and to receive a second this year, but this time for our whole estate, feels incredibly special. We are hugely proud of all the distinct brand concepts within our collection, and it is great to be able to share this accolade with all the brands and teams. With 11 sites across our estate, we are acutely aware that within the pub industry we’re considered a small player, so to be recognised for standing-out amongst the pub giants, is a great achievement for us.”

Inception Group WINS ‘Best Social Media Presence of the Year’ in the Class Bar Awards 2020!

By Cahoots, Inception Group, News

Having won for Mr Fogg’s in 2018, we were extremely excited to have not one, but TWO of our brands shortlisted again for the ‘Best Social Media Presence of the Year’ award in the Class Bar Awards 2020. Both Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots had made the final three for their outstanding social media.

Waiting eagerly to hear the results, the team was overjoyed when Cahoots’ name was called!

See why Class Bar chose Cahoots as their winner for ‘Best Social Media Presence 2020’:

“With the creative use of cinemagraphs, videos, gifs and cleverly-styled vintage photography, Cahoots showcases its offering, not least its fantastic cocktail serves, seamlessly to the digital sphere.” – Class Bar Awards 2020