Kitchen and bar design house, iFour Hospitality Design, has recently carried out work on two bars which have taken inspiration from the novel ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.
Mr Fogg’s is a collection of six bars based in areas around London and iFour was appointed to work on two of the branches.
The design specialist worked on Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration based in Covent Garden and Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery based in Central London.
At the Covent Garden bar, iFour designed and built a new cocktail bar which is comprised of seven stations and a bespoke service unit.
Within the back bar design and refrigeration units, the Society of Exploration bar also includes one of the world’s first automated cocktail machines, in which the ingredients are placed inside and the machine which creates the cocktail automatically.
At the second bar, Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery iFour was involved in the fit out of the custom-built bars and kitchens, with the team designing bespoke work stations and kitchen areas to coincide with the menu’s offering.
With both projects, several items of bar and kitchen equipment were installed by some of the industry’s leading manufacturers in foodservice and bar brand names to cater for the food and beverage options offered by both bars.
Foodservice equipment manufacturers which were involved in the new projects are: Gamko, Hoshizaki, Lincat, Meiko and Precision.
iFour also worked closely with Inception Group on this project, who own and operate all of Mr Fogg’s bars.
Olly Draper, operations head at Inception Group, said: “We have worked with iFour on a number of projects this year and it has been a pleasure every time. From conception to final handover, they have been on-hand every step of the way and have been instrumental in making sure the bars in our venues maximise the space that keeps our teams happy and drinks flying over the bar.
“We are often working with restrictions on space and access, and iFour have supported us in finding creative solutions as well as being quick to support amends if anything hasn’t translated as well as intended.”
Paul Martin, director at iFour, said: “Working on both the Mr Fogg’s and Mrs Fogg’s bars was a really fun project for the team as the concept is so unique. No bar is the same, and every one is tailored towards its own specific needs and requirements.
“Like any project, there are always challenges and we found that obtaining a range of specific materials for each station was something that proved quite difficult, as we had to make sure these suited the style and theme of the bar.”