Explore the fascinating world of cigars at Knightsbridge's best kept secret, The Garden Room, with our team of passionate cigar sommeliers. Taking place every month, discover a different cigar from our range of Cuban and pre-Castro cigars, paired with a Cigar Malt Old Fashioned cocktail.
The one hour masterclasses will include an introduction to Cuban cigars, with particular focus on the origin and history of the cigar featured in that month's event. Taste and smoke the cigar of the month in good company on the heated and covered terrace and ask your cigar sommelier any questions you might have - they will be delighted to share their vast knowledge.
The one-hour masterclass will include:
- Meet our cigar sommeliers
- A seated introduction to Cuban cigars as well as an introduction to the cigar of the month itself
- Cigar of the month to taste and smoke
- A Cigar Malt Old Fashioned cocktail*
- Q & A with our cigar sommelier and the opportunity to learn and develop your taste and knowledge of cigars
6.00pm to 7.00pm on select dates (alterations to times listed below). Please view dates and prices below and full terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.
Cigar Masterclass Dates
Friday, 9th June 2023
Cohiba Siglo IV - £140
Cohiba is without doubt Cuba’s premium line of hand-made cigars and their Limited Edition range can command enormous prices. This is one of the original Siglo series, launched 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World. The word ‘siglo’ means ‘century’ and there is a unique size for each of the six centuries since 1492. A corona gorda, this is a delicious cigar with a medium strength and a lovely smooth, satisfying smoke.
Sunday, 18th June 2023
Father’s Day Cigar Masterclass - £100
Montecristo is the most popular of all of the hand-made Cuban cigars and has been in existence since the 1930’s. Named after the famous ‘Count of Montecristo’ book by Alexander Dumas, they are medium in strength with a characteristic ‘earthiness’ to their flavour. The Edmundo is quickly becoming the most popular of all the sizes in the range, lasting around 50 minutes. It has a 52 ring gauge. Served with Zacapa XO Rum (50ml). This masterclass begins at 4pm.
Friday, 7th July 2023
Cohiba Robusto - £175
The Cohiba Robusto is arguably the definitive robusto-sized cigar, named for its short but chunky shape and its robust flavour. Often hard to find, they have been popular since their inception in 1989, only a few years after the original three sizes were launched to the public. A 50 ring gauge and a length of just over 4 ½ inches makes this a wonderful smoke for around an hour and is one of those cigars that pairs perfectly with almost any dark-coloured spirit.
Friday, 8th September 2023
Ramon Allones Specially Selected - £110
Ramon Allones is one of the older brands having been established in 1837 and is the brand to which we owe our thanks for the beautifully dressed decorative cigar boxes we know so well today. The Specially Selected is a robusto-sized cigar with a hefty 50 ring gauge and a spicy and slightly sweet flavour on the palette. Excellent as an after dinner smoke or with a powerful whisky or cognac.
Friday, 6th October 2023
Romeo Y Julieta Tacos - £175
Romeo Y Julieta is the brand most will have heard of even if they do not smoke themselves. Not quite as old as some of the other famous marques, they very quickly became popular amongst the aristocracy of Europe as they could be rolled with a personalised band. In fact, at the beginning of the 20th century, there were in excess of 2,000 personal bands being produced by the factory in Havana. The Tacos is their Limited Edition cigar for 2018 and has a ring gauge of 49 and length of just under 6 ½ inches. Now five years old, these medium-bodied cigars have had time to mature and settle down to give a wonderfully smooth smoke with a distinctive sweet creaminess.
Friday, 3rd November 2023
Ramon Allones Private Stock 230 - £250
A very special cigar indeed! The Private Stock 230 was rolled to celebrate the 230th Anniversary of Hunters and Frankau Ltd, the sole importer of Cuban cigars in the UK. They are a superb size of cigar with a 50 ring and 6 ¾ inches in length. These cigars smoke very well right now, but will continue to improve for many years to come. Full-bodied with a delicious sweet, spicy and rich flavour, the Private Stock 230 will last around an hour and twenty minutes.
The Garden Room
A hidden oasis tucked away from the bustle of Hyde Park Corner, the Garden Room is The Lanesborough’s, and indeed Knightsbridge’s, best kept secret. Book a table after your cigar masterclass to complete the experience and enjoy our selection of fine Cognacs and Armagnacs, alongside fine foods and an impressive selection of Cuban and pre-Castro cigars presented in the celebrated walk-in humidor.
Monday to Wednesday:
6.00pm to 2.00am
thursday to Saturday:
4.00pm to 2.00am
Sundays and Bank Holidays:
4.00pm to midnight
A minimum spend of £50 per person applies after 7.30pm
Food orders may be placed until 11pm daily. Last orders for drinks are 15 minutes before closing
Smart casual. Full length trousers required for gentlemen.
16+ at all times
+44 (0)20 7259 5599
Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Terms & conditions:
Maximum 10 guests per masterclass/tasting. Seats can be booked online via our online booking tool up to three months in advance, alternatively to make advance bookings please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)207 259 5599. Credit card details are required to guarantee your booking, these will be taken at booking stage. A deposit may be applicable and full payment will be taken on the day of the masterclass. No shows or cancellations within 48 hours will be fully charged and are non-refundable.
*The Father's Day Cigar Masterclass on 18th June 2023 includes Zacapa XO Rum instead of a Cigar Malt Old Fashioned cocktail.