Warm whisky, cold nights and a freshly rolled cigar is what it’s all about. If there’s one thing that reigns true for all cigar aficionados, it’s that they do not like to be rushed. Cigar smokers will spend hours from the first puff to last, and are extremely particular about where they spend this time. London has one of the largest cigar-smoking scenes in the world with plenty of options for haute hangouts. Here is a list of the top spots for some quality cigar time.
The Garden Room at The Lanesborough
The Garden Room at The Lanesborough hotel ranks among the finest cigar lounges in the world. It is an exclusive venue is only accessible to 35 guests at a time, all of whom are well versed in the world of cigars. The traditional British terrace recently underwent some modern renovations, and is now back and better than ever. It boasts the largest walk-in humidor in London, a collection of Cuban and pre-Castro cigars and is a fully heated outdoor lounge. It’s a perfect place with scattered candles, wood-carved tables and intimate fireplaces for hours of cigar appreciation time.
This Bulgari Hotel venue exudes an effortless sophistication that can’t be matched. Hidden behind a false wall at the back of the hotel bar you will encounter the hotel’s hautest secret, the Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop. This exclusive gem acts as a tranquil haven for serious cigar smokers. Not only is the place itself spectacular, their cigar collection is impressive on it’s own. They posses the rare Cuban Davidoff Dom Pérignon, Partagás No. 4 Reserva, Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2, Romeo Y Julieta Churchill and so many more.
If you’re looking for a more modern and trendy cigar-smoking venue, look no further. Belgraves is the most relevant, liquor-filled smoking lounge in the city. Here you can pair your Cuban cigar with an incredibly crafted cocktail, some light jazz music, and beautiful people. When cigar lounges of the future look back to classic lounges of now, they will think of The Bar and Terrace at Belgraves.
The Garden Lounge at Corinthia Hotel London
It’s about time the Corinthia Hotel London joined the cigar club. Their venue The Garden Lounge is one of the newest smoking lounges on the block, but for being so new they’ve already made quite the scene. Located in the hotel’s inner courtyard, The Garden Lounge is an exclusive outdoor spot for drinking, dining and of course, cigar-smoking. The lounge is fully equipped with a bespoke humidor and terrarium style bar, all surrounded by a beautiful décor of handcrafted mosaics, exotic plants and an elegant glass canopy.
The Cigar Room at The May Fair Hotel
Perhaps you want your cigar experiences to be more lively than relaxing. In such case, you should head to The Cigar Room at The May Fair Hotel. Splashes of color, swinging chairs and refreshing cocktails make this spot the most eccentric option for cigar smokers. Just because this isn’t a traditional setting, doesn’t mean they don’t have classic cigars. Their collection has a range from Hoyo de Monterrey, Santa Damiana, Bolívar and more.