There are few better ways to unwind in the evening than with a fine cigar. At The Montague on the Gardens hotel in Bloomsbury, we host our very own Cigar Terrace that’s perfectly suited to any occasion, be it a postprandial indulgence or celebratory affair. With cigar tastings, a library of related books, blankets and cushions, and a humidor with only the finest smokes on offer, it makes for a perfect oasis; the addition of an accompanying menu that’s designed to pair with cigars even lets you make a meal of it.
Elsewhere, London has proved its reputation as something of a smoker’s paradise, filled as it is with elegant, family-run tobacconists that have sold high quality products for generations. These cigar shops in London offer broad inventories and expert guidance, whether you’re seeking rare Cuban varieties or a cigar with a side of history.
For Churchill’s cigars: Fox of St. James’s
Undoubtedly one of the top names in London cigars, Fox of St. James’s has supplied Londoners, royals, even famous stogie-lover Winston Churchill with premium cigars since its opening more than 200 years ago. Within the plush, wood-panelled shop, visitors can find a grand selection of Cubans and other high-end products. Those in the know head to the upstairs smoking room which, miraculously, is free from the confines of the London smoking ban. Make yourself comfortable, sip on some coffee, and puff away: it’s nothing short of a haven for aficionados.
For cigars with a side of coffee: TomTom Cigars
Since 1997, this Belgravia boutique has catered to the upscale tastes of London’s in-the-know cigar smokers. Favourite varieties, like Cohiba and Montecristo, are on offer; indeed, the shop is such a destination for Cuban cigar lovers that it’s a gold-certified specialist according to Habanos S.A., Cuba’s cigar authority. Those looking to pair their purchases with a beverage can also choose from a number of whiskies and coffee beans, which are roasted by TomTom. On-site smoking is one more benefit offered by the retailer.
For historic cigars: Sautter Cigars
Whether you’re seeking full-bodied or light cigars, coveted Cuban brands, accessories, or even aged smokes, Sautter Cigars’ impressive inventory offers them all. This family-owned Mayfair boutique has been around for decades; the story goes that Winston Churchill even occupied the flat above the shop. These days the store is the place to turn to for truly expert advice, and for smokers, the walk-in humidor is akin to entering a sacred vault.
For Dominican and Cuban offerings: Davidoff of London
Smokers will be spoilt for choice at Davidoff of London, located close to Green Park. With their own brand of Dominican Republic-made cigars on offer, in addition to a number of highly sought-after Cuban varieties, (with aged cigars also available from time to time), the shop’s employees are well versed in their products and always able to advise shoppers well. Those seeking top-notch accessories, from cutters to humidors, will also encounter a broad selection on offer.
For cosy sampling: Alfie Turmeaus
First established by a French family living in Liverpool in 1817, Turmeaus has since grown to encompass a number of boutiques in the UK. Its shop in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market is a popular cigar lover’s outpost, filled as it is with a walk-in humidor, a generous number of Havana-made cigars, and helpful smoking accessories. Turmeaus even offers client lockers, which allow for peaceful indoor sampling of any new purchases.