Got A Match? The Garden Room at the Lanesborough
Lungs and liver now get a combined beating at London’s best cigar bar.
Surprisingly for an old hospital, the Lanesborough Hotel’s Garden Room is currently bringing back the fine art of creatively mixing booze and tobacco. Far from a sneaky tab and a swig from a 5cl Bells miniature in the outpatients’ ward, out of sight of matron, this elegant outdoor space allows a lucky thirty-five individuals to enjoy a well-humidored stogie and a fine cocktail whilst taking in the superb surroundings.
Understanding the exacting standards of their guests, a pairing menu has been created by The Lanesborough’s hugely experienced bar manager, Davide Guidi, which perfectly matches flavour combinations. As well as proudly boasting one of the largest humidors in London, their impressive collection of cognacs often date as far back as 1770. Partagas, Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta, Ramon Allones & San Cristobal are some of the smokes awaiting to be torched and we imagine a fair amount of Havana Club will join the party. Such as the 15 year that goes into a Havana Connection, alongside smoky Laphroaig Whisky 10 Year Old, fresh lime juice, tobacco liqueur and a sugar syrup.
Though outside (in compliance with the official guidelines of today) it appears that every effort has been made to ensure the room is as comfortable and temperate as a Havana sunset – Cashmere rugs perfectly compliment the underfloor heating and open fireplace during the colder months. They’re making it too easy to be bad, so why fight it. Puff and be damned.