I've been studying the London Cigar Scene a good few years and my new App - The London Cigar Guide will help you find the best cigar stores and terraces in town.
This Blog contains odd bit's and pieces I have found in London and in the other cities where my Cities in Sound Audio Guides are located.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Beautiful little now you see me, now you don’t Humidor
Walking around London, smoking great cigars and meeting wonderful people, what could be better? And it’s what I do for a job.
I am currently getting ready to do a group audio walk of the Cuban Cigar Walk London where we will be taking a group of about 20 around the four cigar stores in Mayfair and St James.
I popped in the oldest store on the walk, JJ Fox and Robert Lewis. This store first opened it’s doors in 1787 and it has so much history they have even opened up the ‘Cigar Museum’ downstairs. It has lots of great history including what are reputed to be the oldest cigars in the world.
The first cigars were shipped to London in about 1830 and in a case at the far end of the museum you will find two glass cabinet containing cigars of the La Cabanas brand and these are some of the first cigars shipped to the UK and it is believed that these are probably the oldest cigars in the world.
Having supplied cigars to England’s Royal Family for many years the list of past customers is long and distinguished and includes Tsars of Russia, Lord Salisbury, Bing Crosby and the Bengal Lancers Regiment.
As I entered the store the staff were demonstrating the most exquisite Humidor or cigar case, to me it looked like something out of a Harry Potter film.
As you will see from my pictures it has a small knob on the top which when turned rotates each individual face of the case to reveal holders for three cigars.
I was quite captivated by this wonderful little treasure. You can see many more fascinating objects like this at the Cigar Museum at JJ Fox and Robert Lewis which is on the route of the Cuban Cigar Walk London.