Restaurant staff wearing hazmat suits as a safety precaution sounds like overkill, but beekeeping outfits in a botanical-themed bar might be the perfect balance of safety and absurdity. In London, the staff at Mr. Fogg’s House of Botanicals is donning protective beekeeper suits to safely (and hilariously) interact with customers.
The bar was inspired by the fictional travels of explorer Phileas Fogg, of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days novel. Mr. Fogg’s House of Botanicals houses Fogg’s fictional collection of exotic flora from his travels around the world. So it makes sense to promote safety and stay on theme with beekeepers’ suits in a bar packed with plants and decorated heavily with flower patterns.
Charlie Gilkes, the co-founder of the bar, says, “Now more than ever before, people will need spaces that spark a sense of escapism and imagination. We do not want to welcome visitors back into sterile spaces that feel like airport security, and we are acutely aware that people won’t leave their homes to sit in a perspex prison. Hence, why we’ve come up with a series of playful solutions to new measures, which will be woven into our customer experience and hopefully may even enhance it.”