London Cigar Scene: Cognac and Cigar Garden at Dukes Hotel, St James

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Last Updated 13 August 2010

London Cigar Scene: Cognac and Cigar Garden at Dukes Hotel, St James


Londonist has long been aware of the fame of Dukes Hotel in St James for producing London’s foremost Martini. Ian Fleming was famous for enjoying a ‘stiffener’ here and we all know where his Martini habit led.

A small army of highly proficient white coated Italian waiting staff give this charming and hidden hotel an unhurried elegance that you just can’t imitate without at least 100 years of experience.

So what could be better than to find that they have opened up London’s latest outdoor smoking garden where, in addition to a fine Cuban cigar, it is now possible to enjoy some exceptionally fine Cognac? A tiny slice of heaven in St James.

To add to the many fine cognacs and the extensive ‘Martini menu’ it is also possible to sample the newly created fruity and bold ‘Ruby Windsor’ cocktail, designed by the bar team especially for the garden.

With wonderfully comfortable seating for 20, a beautiful canopy and subtle lighting, if there is a more stylish spot in London for a cigar and a small libation, Londonist has yet to find it. But the search goes on…..!

Dukes Hotel is located at St James’s Place SW1A 1NY and open daily from 8pm. Visit the hotel's website for more details.

By Nic Wing