Photography by Nic Wing
Londonist was recently invited to the opening of what could well become one of its favourite London summer haunts. The brand new Terrace Garden at the Langham in Portland Place is a surprisingly peaceful oasis considering it’s proximity to the bustle of Regents street and Oxford street.
The Hotel is coming to the end of a major refurbishment and one of the final flourishes is a beautiful flower lined terrace at basement level adjoining a compact Champagne bar.
The Terrace is a great place to relax with a cigar and ease your feet after a prolonged sortie into the shopping delights of the west end or a key destination for all major sporting events.
Rattan tables and chairs nestle under huge umbrellas which will shade you from the sun or possible a light English summer shower. The whole area is surrounded by shrubs, trees and planters giving it an almost colonial feel and a great place to take time over a cigar from their well stocked humidor.
The Champagne bar, which in addition to Laurent Perrier Champagne will also provide cocktails and the staple of all English summers, a large jug of Pimms, is equipped with a large plasma screen television which will show all major sporting events while you make yourself comfortable in the soft brown leather chesterfield settees.
We can’t think of a more civilised spot to watch the World Cup and the hotel and cigar team have done exhaustive research to bring you a recommended quick half time cigar and something more substantial to smoke with a glass of Laurent Perrier Rose to celebrate that all important victory.
The Langham is located at 1c Portland Place, Regent Street (W1B 1JA). Its new Terrace Garden is open Monday to Saturday 4pm-11pm. Visit the hotel's website for more information.
Written by Nic Wing