Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals is a beautiful boozy paradise.
Cocktails + plants + Instagrammable interiors = millennial dreamland. So the theory goes, at least. If there’s anywhere that’ll put it to the test, it’s Mr Fogg’s new drinking spot, the House of Botanicals. Now open in the heart of Fitzrovia, this fine drinking establishment does a rather nice job of doubling as a garden centre, given the shrubs, vines, and flowers covering the walls and ceilings.
Like a decadent Victorian sun room, the House of Botanicals makes for a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Spread across two floors, the downstairs area is bedecked with hanging ivy and blossoming flowers, whilst there’s also a charming outdoor seating area for sun-drenched evenings. To be perfectly honest, it’s enough to give anyone a pretty serious case of home envy. And that’s before you check out the exterior, which Mr Fogg’s intend to change with the seasons.
It also doesn’t hurt that the bar is full of floral-infused cocktails, either. After much experimenting, infusing, and tasting, Mr Fogg’s have produced The Secret Language of Flowers menu, in which each drink has been inspired by a flower. Top picks include Cherry Blossom, composed of gin, almond, pineapple, falernum, lime, and Sakura tea foam, a charming refresher on a warm afternoon. Meanwhile, inside the House of Botanicals’ Glass House, you’ll find more experimental fare for those hoping to emulate Phileas Fogg’s adventurous nature.
Putting the cocktails to one side (usually a highly inadvisable idea), the House of Botanicals will serve up a delicate array of food. Sweet potato fries come topped with crispy lamb, orange mayo, and feta, whilst the sweetcorn and chickpea fritters with halloumi and basil yoghurt are worth nibbling on. Feast on them, feast on the cocktails, and feast on the interiors: the House of Botanicals is a terrific triple threat!
Location: 48 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1QQ. Nearest station is Goodge Street. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 4pm-12am (Monday to Wednesday), 4pm-2am (Thursday to Saturday). Closed on Sundays.
Price: Cocktails start from £9.
More information: on their website.