I was never a fan of drama movies, not until I watched “007: Skyfall” a few years ago that I found myself captivated by spy-themed movies. The last spy film I watched was “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, directed by Matthew Vaughn and it totally blew me away. The movie was based on the acclaimed comic book “The Secret Service” by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The three hours long movie tells a story of a secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program.
Besides the fierce action scenes, there was a scene where the veteran Kingsman agent Harry (Colin Firth) took his protégé Eggsy (Taron Egerton) to a tailor shop in Savile Row, which turned out to be a hidden weaponry. They walked through the weaponry; regardless of the umbrellas, lighters, shoes, everything seems normal, but in fact they are the concealed weapons for defense and attack – or worst case put someone to death. This scene struck me as it was fascinated to see all these super-spy gadgets and devices (be it fictional or not), and the same feeling had came over me when I discovered Foxglove, a newly opened lounge-bar in Central, Hong Kong.
Opened in November last year, Foxglove is located in Printing House on Ice Street Street in Central. The hip bar and restaurant is under the same group as Mrs. Pound, which is another secretive speakeasy in town. Designed by NC Design & Architecture, the idea draws inspiration from the globe-trotting adventures of an English gentleman named Frank Minza from the 50s, and is named after his lost lover’s favorite flower, in attempt to win her back. From the entrance into the counter, you will find these exquisite silver and gold handle-umbrellas made by Fox Umbrella, a British renowned umbrella maker that produces handmade umbrella since 1868. Just in case you are wondering, the umbrellas are actually for sale; you can customize it to cater your needs and likes and receive a lifetime warranty, too.
Inside the restaurant, it is divided into three parts; a first class cabin themed main lounge and cocktail bar that seats 80 guests, a V.I.P room that inspired by a vintage first-class train cabin that holds up 30 people, and a secret V.V.I.P room (which we were not allowed to photograph the inside) that brings you to a classic library with luxurious leather club chairs and a marble bar counter, which makes a perfect hideout for the Kingsman to hold secret meetings, just like the one they have on the Savile Row Street in the movie. Sitting in this secretive room, you couldn’t help but imagine yourself as one of the resourceful “Kingsman” agents delegating tasks for the next mission.
Foxglove +852 2116 8949
2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong