Void Acoustics are delighted to be the audio brand of choice for the high-end professional sound system installed in Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery. Located in the heart of London, Mrs Fogg’s is the sixth venue in the Mr Fogg’s collection, inspired by Aouda, Phileas Fogg’s Indian wife, in Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Around The World in 80 Days. Mrs Fogg’s serves inventive cocktails and innovative dishes, giving a nod to Aouda the explorer’s heritage and nautical travels.
Styled as if aboard a Victorian steamer ship, guests enter the ground floor through the Maritime Club. Sound in this large bar and dining space is aptly powered by six black Void Acoustics Air 8 passive, two-way, eight-inch surface mount loudspeakers and two Venu Bass low frequency enclosures. The adjoining Rangoon Steamer room boasts luxurious chandeliers, plush dining seating and decorative curtained windows, all built to size to replicate the steamer Phileas and Aouda travelled on. Four white Cyclone 55 dual five-inch, passive, surface mount loudspeakers, together with a Venu Bass, are strategically positioned to create the perfect sound balance, while complementing the exquisite interior décor.
A staircase leads guests below deck, to an authentic bar and distillery. Here, an intimate stage is powered by two Venu X low frequency enclosures, two Air 8, and two black Air Motions. The spherical shape of the Air Motion horns gives a modern-day nod to the Victorian gramophone of Phileas Fogg’s era. Originally, these loudspeakers were not part of the design plan for this area. However, Guy Ayres, Projects Director for Diamond AV Ltd, knew they would be the perfect choice. Guy explained that they would be well worth the investment to Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, Inception Group’s founders, who, after seeing the Air Motions and understanding their sound quality, responded with “Oh my God! We have got to have those!” The adjacent Engine room and distillery is equipped with two black Cyclone 55 loudspeakers, expertly positioned to maximise the space, within this fully operational gin distillery and cosy seating area.
Inception Group have an extensive portfolio of high-profile entertainment properties, all sharing the same mission “to bring people together and to entertain them with unique and memorable experiences”. Unique to Mrs Fogg’s, Diamond AV Ltd (Void’s installation partners), were briefed by Duncan and Charlie to provide “something that can impress both visually and audibly.” Duncan happily confirms that “the Void Air Motion certainly does that. We needed versatility to accommodate everything from an eight-piece band to DJs and conferences. The quality of sound that Void gives is second to none and our underground space needed something that not only sounded incredible but also looked unique within the venue.” As well as the venue management team being delighted, DJs have also responded well to the Void sound system – “They love it. It’s clean, crisp and packs a punch!”