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Inception Group in the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2017

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We’re incredibly pleased to see that Inception Group has been included – for the 2nd year in a row – in the London Stock Exchange’s list of 1000 companies to inspire Britain.
“We are absolutely to delighted to be included for the second time running. Our hard-working team thoroughly deserve this recognition and we couldn’t have achieved such success without them. From our hard-working bartenders and waiting staff to our ingenious Head Office team, Inception Group encompasses a collection of forward-thinking innovators we couldn’t operate without. Here’s to next year!“ – Charlie Gilkes, Co-Founder & Director.
Photo taken at Mr Fogg’s Residence

Barts are Winner of Cocktails in the City 2017

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We’re extremely pleased to announce that our oldest and 1st venue ‘Barts’ is Overall Winner of Cocktails in the City 2017! Winning by a whopping 73 points, Barts received an overwhelming amount of online and social media support. We’d like to thank everyone that supported Barts in CITC 2017.

Make sure you pay a visit to Barts, and find out exactly why we won.

Barts Wins in the DesignMyNight Awards 2017!

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We’re extremely pleased and proud to announce that Inception’s first venue ‘Barts’ has won not one, but two awards in the DesignMyNight 2017 awards.

Best Cocktail Menu Kensington/Chelsea
Best Bar Kensington/Chelsea

DesignMyNight awards kicked off on the 1st of February and ran for the entirety of the month. Like every year, the awards received fantastic pick-up with several mentions in national and trade press and over 100,000 votes were cast.

Don’t take their word for it – make sure you visit Barts yourself so you can see why they’re so deserving of this:

A New Level of Storytelling

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Inception group are very excited to be featured in Virgin Experiences piece “Inside the business taking storytelling to a whole new level”

“As far as innovative uses of storytelling go in business, Inception Group takes some beating. The brainchild of co-founders Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, the nightclub, bar & restaurant operators, prides itself on immersing customers in unique and theatrical storylines…

Inception Group venues are designed to bring people on immersive and unexpected experiences. A great example of which is one of their latest spaces in Covent Garden – inspired by mobster films, it’s accessible through an industrial meat locker, where guests ‘negotiate’ with a butcher to enter.

Having promoted the brand through pop-ups at events such as Queen’s Club tennis championships and Henley Regatta the pair oversaw sales of £14 million in 2016, chalked up a place on the Fast Track 100 and now boast a staff of over 300. We spoke to the guys to get a better understanding of what storytelling means to their business.”

The full interview here:

Vogue names Mr Fogg’s Residence one of the ‘Best Cocktail Bars in London’

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We’re extremely proud to see Mr Fogg’s Residence featured in Vogue’s roundup of London’s best cocktail bars.
‘The original charming cocktail residence in Mayfair – inspired by Jules Verne’s eccentric British adventurer Phileas J Fogg – now boasts two sister locations in London, the Covent Garden tavern and the recently opened gin parlour.’

Inception Group visit the Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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Inception group visited the Bombay Sapphire Distillery on Monday 16th for our annual away day. We saw some excellently motivating presentations, one in particular by our Head of Maintenance Jerry who drew an impeccably thorough – but entirely improvised – analogy between team Inception and a military ranked army.
Later we engaged in a team-building ‘egg drop’ exercise; highlighting the creativity of certain team members. (Most eggs were successful.) We then ended with a tour of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, educating ourselves on all that is required to make this incredible brand of Gin.