Tuesday, 19 January 2016

THE PRESENT ..........


My sister, brother-in-law, husband and I have bought  each other ' stuff ' for Christmas for many years. All of the ' stuff ' has been lovely and is distributed around our homes or in our gardens but now we often buy each other consumables as we all have so much ' stuff  '!!!! ...... although, ' stuff ' is most welcome too !!!!



The above is our Christmas present for 2015, yet to be ' cashed in ' .....



' World renowned Adventurer, Phileas J. Fogg of  ' Around the World in 80 Days ' fame, having opened the doors to his Mayfair Residence, received the sad news of the passing of his beloved Aunt, the famous actress Gertrude Fogg.
He was made the sole beneficiary to her estate, including her enchanting pied-à-terre, located at 58, St. Martin's Lane.




It was decreed in the will that Fanny McGee, Aunt Gertrude's lifelong housekeeper, be permitted to set up a jovial tavern for her friend's and theatrical acquaintances downstairs.

Greeted by a raucous welcome, guests can revel in real ales, ' mother's ruin ' gin cocktails and grog, in traditional tankards and pewter cups. Weary travellers will be able to tuck into honest fare including ' London's Finest Pie ' and roast of the day sandwiches all day and night.
' Don't hang about ducky !! We aint got time for no time-wasters and dawdlers ' !!



Mr. Fogg, on the other hand, has kept the upstairs Gin Parlour & Salon to relax with companions away from the hustle and bustle.

For the more discerning ladies and gentlemen, we recommend visiting Aunt Gertrude's Salon upstairs. 132 gins, 14 tonics and a plethora of complimenting botanicals await you.




So, we will, at a date to be arranged, step into the past and partake in some refreshment at Mr Fogg's Tavern, and sample some of the above cocktails on offer.... there are 80 to choose from !! There are many other delights on offer including a Gin Safari, Tipsy Tea with Champagne and Gin teas and .....



.....  Mr Fogg's Hendrick's Winter Botanical Gardens, where one can pause and indulge in thoroughly resplendent repose. Here is a sanctuary, an oasis of calm, a sanctum of imperturbability. Whispers and rumours tell stories of Hendrick's as a most unusual gin, infused with rose petals and cucumber, a gin made oddly some might say. A haven of flora and fauna, guaranteed to send your taste buds into bloom.  



..... and then, after the delights of the tavern, a saunter to Pix Pintxos for some delightful treats !

A glorious Christmas present, I think you'll agree ?!! I will tell you all about it after our visit. 








images 1 & 2: via MW, image 3: via pinterest, image 4: via pretty vacant pirate, image 5: via tomato, image 6: via hyhoi, image 7: via the foodie diaries, images 8 & 9: via bar magazine,  image 10: collage images via urbanologies, inception group, drink up london,google, image 11: via es. paperblog

Jackie

41 comments:

  1. That look great.....i wish i was there too.....happy week Darling love Ria x

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    1. Thanks Ria ..... wish you were there too !! XXXX

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  2. Happy New Year! Such a wonderful gift idea, how fun. Love those interiors, and well ..... the drinks! Tipsy Tea sounds perfect to me. Enjoy! x

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    1. Happy New Year to you too LeeAnn. I'll let you know what it's like. XXXX

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    1. Oh Donna .... it is, isn't it ? I shall tell you all about it when we go. XXXX

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  4. That sounds absolutely wonderful - a trip back into the past - how different things were back then. A truly great gift - so much better than a pair of socks!

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    1. It does look good doesn't it Elaine ? My sister and brother-in-law think of really good presents and they usually involve eating and drinking !!!! XXXX

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  5. You remember the other week when you lost all those followers. I found out today that Blogger were not allowing anyone who wasn't signed to Google to follow Blogger blogs and those people would be elIn 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.



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    We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

    We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.iminated from your list of followers - here is the blurb:-

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    1. Sorry that didn't 'paste' quite right - but you get the gist.

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    2. Oh Elaine, thanks for that .... I didn't know. I got the gist perfectly. What a bloody cheek ..... removing my followers just because they don't have a Google account ..... how on earth has it improved mine or my readers experience ?!!!!! .... and, I lost about 150 followers !!!! Still, I'll live !!! haha. Thanks for the information though .... you're a lovely blogging buddy Elaine. XXXX

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  6. Oh My Word. This place is so charming that I would be tempted to move in and make it my home. Cocktail hour daily I am certain is guaranteed.

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    1. It looks good doesn't it Connie ? I'll have to be careful not to have too many cocktails .... I like the sound of all of them !!!! XXXX

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  7. You are absolutely A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
    What a wonderful Christmas gift.
    Only someone brilliant could have thought of this !!

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    1. It looks fun doesn't it Marsha. I shall tell all when we have experienced Mr. Fogg's Tavern. XXXX

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  8. Oh, what fun! I love the photos.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'm looking forward to going Janie. I love the way it's been decorated. XXXX

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  9. Dear Jackie,
    that is a marvelous Christmas present indeed!!
    And I am so grateful to read about Mr. Fogg's Tavern - being so often in St. Martin's Lane, how could I overlook it? (Especially as I love Hendrick's gin - and on Christmas son&DiL gave me all the tools to make a good cocktail! Here I'll find a paragon) Instantly I wrote your very special tip into my little pink book - "Ideas what to do in London".
    And you are right: too much stuff around - much better to enjoy one's company, a good meal and a drink. I promise I will observe those Household Rules (difficult with letting the hats at the door - la coiffure often is a bit messy after taking it off...) Britta XXXX

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    1. I haven't seen it either Britta and St Martin's Lane is quite a regular haunt for us too ...... it only opened in the Autumn last year so it's very new. I think that I shall leave my hat at home when we go !!!! XXXX

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  10. That's a new place to me but it certainly looks like a barrel of fun!
    Have a fabulous time - perhaps I'll get there next visit if you tell me it's worth the price of those drinks - wow!!

    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Yes Mary ..... the drinks do look on the expensive side as does everything there BUT ........ WE'RE NOT PAYING !!!!!!!!! haha. XXXX

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  11. It all looks splendid. I look forward to your report.

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    1. I will give a full de-briefing after we've been Cro ....... I'd better not have too many cocktails otherwise I won't remember much !!!! XXXX

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  12. How fantastic, what a brilliant idea, look forward to reading all about it. Have a wonderful time, and I want ALL the details from the minute you walk in, to the end even to describing the Ladies :)

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    1. I will do all of those things Barbara ..... the Ladies will be photographed !!! XXXX

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  13. Oh my . . .
    Lovely gift indeed . . .
    I look forward to your pictures when you treat yourselves . . .

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    1. It is a lovely gift, isn't it Lynne ? Last year they took us to a Michelin star restaurant. Anything to do with food and drink is OK with me !!! XXXX

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  14. What a fantastic present! I hope you have a wonderful time Jackie.xx
    P.S ave one for me, me ole duck!

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    1. I'll have two for you Deb me ole duck !!!!! XXXX

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  15. Oh I love presents like this! The place looks perfect Jackie. Love the 'sword part' in the 'Rules of the Household' :-). Mr Fogg's winter garden looks delightful!

    I will have to keep it in mind for when I next visit London!

    Have a lovely evening!

    Madelief x

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    1. I think that you and your girls would love it Madelief ........ especially the china !!
      .... and, I think that the Winter Garden looks lovely too especially lit up at night. Enjoy your evening too. XXXX

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  16. I soooooo want to go here!!!
    You know how I feel about 'stuff'. Consumables often show more thought and are so much more memorable too!
    Look forward to hearing about it :-) Xxxx

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    1. Consumables are the way to go at my age !!!! I shall tell all when we've been. XXXX

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  17. LOVE IT.........I will be there in spirit PEEKING IN!!!

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    1. I'll drink a few spirits for you Elizabeth !!!!!! ..... and some for myself !!!! XXXX

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  18. It looks wonderful and well worth a visit. Mind you, if I were to pay a visit, with all those tempting cocktails I'm not sure I would be able to drink in sufficient moderation to find my legs on the way out.

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    1. I am a bit worried about that Nick .... I shall have to pace myself !!!! XXXX

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  19. nice to be here. I love your blog since I stumble upon and read your personal perspective. Looking forward for more of your journey.


    xoxo,
    Nancy@solidgold

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    1. Hi Nancy and welcome ..... it's lovely to ' meet ' new friend's. XXXX

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  20. What a wonderful gift and what a lovely, interesting story too. I love history and photos like you have here. You really must cash in your gift, btw! How thrilling!

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    1. It was indeed a great gift and we shall ' cash it in ' very soon !! Thanks so much for commenting on lot's of my posts Michael ...... you've boosted my comments !!!!! haha. XXXX

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