A terrace bar for your cigar

  • Date: Monday, 29 June 2009

The Montague on the Gardens, as the name suggests, overlooks what amounts to a private park - and the hotel bar, with its dedicated outdoor cigar terrace, is a little corner of heaven for those who want to want to puff away in peace.

The hotel itself, only a couple of minutes walk from the British Museum, is at the busy heart of the city.  And yet the moment you step into the quiet and relaxed lobby the hustle and bustle seems a world away.  The bar is at the rear of the property and opens onto an oasis of peace and tranquillity- the immaculately tended private gardens of the Bedford Estate in elegant Bloomsbury.

It’s the perfect environment for settling yourself into a leather armchair and whiling away a few hours, either with company or in blissful isolation.  Relaxed and club-like, you can hide yourself away in a secluded corner, or settle down on the outdoor terrace that is entirely set-aside for those who enjoy nothing better than a good cigar.  When the weather is inclement there is an awning and ample outdoor heaters to protect you from the elements, and in summer it’s ideal for basking in the sunshine.  There’s also a deck where you can dine al fresco and enjoy the hotel’s regular barbecues.

You’ll find the service friendly and expert, with a superb range of cocktails on offer.  But, more importantly there’s a humidor carefully stocked with an excellent selection of 20 different cigars.  Ranging from Romeo Y Julieta Petit Coronas and Romeo Y Julieta Churchill, right up to a magnificent Cohiba Siglo VI.

A great cigar, many would argue, demands a great Cognac. It’s a combination as old as Napoleon and Josephine, and equally challenging; thankfully the expert barman in the Terrace Bar is on hand to advise.  He also has an excellent selection for you to choose from – there’s everything from a modest Hennessy VS right up to an extravagant Rémy Martin Louis X111.  

Not surprisingly, the Montague’s cigar Terrace is becoming a firm favourite with clubbable guests who appreciate the finer things in life - and like to enjoy them in the most convivial of surroundings.

Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, one of the most beautiful and fashionable areas of central London, The Montague on the Gardens is an elegant and long-established Georgian townhouse hotel overlooking a secluded private garden square. The 101 luxurious rooms and suites, including one two-bedroom apartment, are elegantly understated, furnished with luxurious fabrics capturing the timeless elegance of Bloomsbury and its literary heritage. This four-star hotel is within strolling distance of the West End and The British Museum, and close to London's Financial District. Guests find themselves just minutes from Covent Garden, shopping on Oxford and Bond Streets, the West End theatres and Russell and Bloomsbury Squares. The Montague on the Gardens is part of Red Carnation – a luxury collection of family run hotels.

A terrace bar for your cigar