We are delighted to announce that Cahoots are the overall runner-up winners at Cocktails in the City Summer 2019! On the 12th and 13th of July, our Cahoots Scoundrels served up refreshing Tanqueray No. TEN tipples and Negroni-infused ice creams at our 1940s seaside-themed stand that won us ‘Best Stand’ in the competition! Guests enjoyed the sunshine whilst dabbling in lots of seaside fun and games from the 1940s, including Hook a Duck and Coconut Shy (or, in this case, Grapefruit Shy for a chance to win a G&T!).
This year for our Mr Fogg’s stand, we brought the Italian Riviera to Cocktails in the City, inspired by Phileas J. Fogg’s stop-off at Brindisi in Italy on his journey around the world. Decked with a beautiful lemon-filled fountain and a rowing boat for the perfect photo opportunity, Mr Fogg’s resident explorers served delicious O’ndina Gin cocktails and the classic Italian summertime cocktail, the Sgroppino – a refreshing blend of lemon sorbet, Prosecco and O’ndina gin!
We are thrilled to announce that Inception Group have WON ‘Best Marketing Campaign’ in The Cateys Awards 2019, held at the magnificent Grosvenor House – our second award this year for Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration’s viral launch campaign! Since 1984, the prestigious Cateys awards have been well-established as ‘a celebration of all that’s great in UK hospitality’, recognising innovative brands from hotels and restaurants to pubs and bars across the UK.
Up against the likes of M Restaurant and Marriott Hotel, the launch campaign for Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration was a campaign that went viral, advertised as the ‘best job in the world’ with over 10,000 people applying for the chance to travel across the world in the footsteps of the fictional Phileas J. Fogg from Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. It received worldwide media attention and included strategic social media and marketing campaigns before opening the venue.
On Thursday 27th June, Cahoots popped up at The London Library! Our scoundrels served up Tanqueray No. TEN gin cocktails in the magnificent Reading Room, while guests explored the 1940s through fascinating artefacts and extracts from the Blitz, such as shrapnel-damaged books, images of the bombed library, war-time correspondence and newspapers relating to D-Day. Best-selling and prominent writers of the period attended the event, including the likes of Giles Milton, Joshua Levine, Lissa Evans, Rick Stroud and Tim Bouverie. Guests were also given the opportunity to enjoy guided group tours of the library, learning about its history as one of the world’s leading literary institutions founded in 1841.
Bunga Bunga pops up at the Queen’s Club Tennis Championships once again in the annual Wimbledon warm-up, as the best tennis players from around the globe gather including the likes of Andy Murray.
Find the Bunga team at our Italian-style pop-up inside the members enclosure all week until Sunday 23rd June! Lounge on deck chairs and bean bags surrounded by potted lemon trees, jump into our Bunga-themed photo booth and try your hand at table tennis on our ping-pong table. The Bunga bar staff will be creating delicious ice-cold summer cocktails, including the must-have summer drink of 2019 – the refreshing and zesty Martini Fiero & Tonic! And for the first year, we’re serving up our well-renowned Bunga pizza from 5pm every day. Join us for Bingo on Tuesday from 7pm and the annual after-party with a live DJ on Thursday from 7pm… the ball’s in your court!
As part of our Mr Fogg’s Explorer Series, we were absolutely thrilled to have welcomed the incredible travel writer, Sir Michael Palin, to Mr Fogg’s Residence on Monday 8th April 2019! Guests enjoyed an evening of exclusive Tanqueray No. TEN gin libations, whilst listening to Palin’s extraordinary adventures around the world, including the Himalayas and the North Pole. We also gained an insight into the fascinating details of his BBC travel series ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, inspired by the fictional adventures of Phileas J. Fogg himself in Jules Verne’s nineteenth-century novel!
We are extremely proud to announce that Cahoots has WON 1st place in Cocktails in the City 2019! Well done to Siri (Pop-Ups Events Manager), the Design Team, Marketing Team and the amazing bar staff at Cahoots for making the pop-up a huge success. Inspired by the Victory Gardens of post-war 1940s Britain, the Cahoots pop-up stand featured a delicious supply of The Botanist Gin cocktails, alongside up-cycled materials, edible cocktails, fruits, vegetables and our very own Foraging Station.
A massive thank you to everyone that has supported Cahoots and Mr Fogg’s in CITC 2019. See below for photos from the event…
Cocktails in the City Spring 2019 is in full swing! The team at Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots have popped up at The Vaults in Waterloo for London’s most popular cocktail weekend event between Thursday 4th and Saturday 6th April.
Mr Fogg’s household staff are serving delicious Oxley Gin libations from our marvellous hot air balloon bar, in our Victorian-themed Pleasure Garden! Drawing inspiration from the famous Vauxhall Gardens of the nineteenth century, the pop-up features floral displays, a quaint ‘outdoor’ seating area and a Mr Fogg’s flower swing for the perfect Instagrammable photo!
Representing Cahoots, our team of scoundrels have taken refuge in yet another subterranean space – the railway arches under Waterloo Station! Inspired by the Victory Gardens of post-war 1940s Britain, our Cahoots pop-up touches on the concept of ‘digging for victory’ and up-cycling materials to grow and supply fruit, vegetables and herbs. With edible cocktail sachets and our very own Cahoots Foraging Station, come on down and garnish your tipple with The Botanist Gin, made with 22 of the finest hand-foraged botanicals!
On Monday 18th March, the Inception Group HQ Staff Awards 2018 were held at our largest venue across the group, Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery! Kicking off the evening with beers, wine and Prosecco, the team enjoyed delicious canapés from our Indian-inspired menu at Mrs Fogg’s. The annual staff awards are dedicated to recognising and rewarding employees’ in their hard work and achievements over the past year, from venue managers to head office employees. The team then continued their celebrations into the night at London Cocktail Club! See below for the list of our well-deserved winners of 2018…
HQ STAFF AWARDS WINNERS 2018
Employee of the Year
Head of Marketing
Runner-Up Employee of the Year
Pop-Ups Events Manager
General Manager of the Year
GM at Mr Fogg’s Residence
Assistant General Manager of the Year
AGM at Maggie’s Club
HQ Newcomer of the Year
Venue Newcomer of the Year
GM at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden
We are delighted to announce that Mr Fogg’s has won Best Pub Brand/Concept in the whole of the UK at the industry’s biggest awards – The Publican Awards! Honouring the best within the pubco sector, the awards took place at the Battersea Evolution in London, recognising and awarding excellence across the UK by top industry experts.
With three new venues opening across London last year, the Mr Fogg’s brand is renowned for its unique and eclectic hospitality concept inspired by Jules Verne’s character, Phileas J. Fogg, in his novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Other bars that were nominated in this category include The New World Trading Company, Stonegate Pub Company and Pizza, Pots & Pints.
On winning the award, Charlie Gilkes (co-founder of Inception Group) says: ‘We are so honoured and delighted that Mr Fogg’s has been recognised as the Best Pub Brand/Concept in the UK at the prestigious Publican Awards. We are committed to continue building an interesting collection of bars for the adventurous with a real focus on providing a unique and memorable experience’.