Slipping into one of London’s cigar haunts to while away a quiet hour or so with a cigar is as good a way as any to spend a bit of time. It is also a great way to meet like-minded strangers.
One perfectly accommodating space for smoking with new found friends is Casa in Wardour Street. Formally the humidor of Floridita, this offshoot of the larger Cuban bar and restaurant next door is now a stand alone cigar store and sampling lounge. The comfortable leather arm chairs, the dark ambiance and the elegant intimacy punctuated with a little light Cuban music make it a very peaceful spot to sit and contemplate as you study Casa's huge painted wall map showing the tobacco growing areas of Cuba.
Casa is not licensed but you can slip into the cocktail bar next door for a drink and some
tapas before or after purchasing your cigar and it’s possible to grab a coffee ‘to go’, to enjoy as you
sample. Casa keeps very civilised opening hours opening at 12.00 and remaining open until 11.00pm Monday through Saturday. So, it’s an ideal spot if you want to grab a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of a Soho afternoon or evening.
Casa is located at 100 Wardour Street (W1F 0TN). Visit them online at www.floridita.co.uk/cigars.
By Nic Wing