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Smoking Cuban cigars at CGars, St James, London

Now that the days are getting warmer and sunnier again, it felt like the perfect time to venture into central London and visit a couple of cigar venues. I aim to visit every cigar venue across London (then beyond; that would be the dream!). I’m not sure how much that will put me out of pocket, but I’ve visited quite a few places so far. See my other reviews on my Cigar Bars, Terraces & Smoking Lounges page – and I’m bleeding skint đŸ˜€

I was curious to check out the recently opened C.Gars St James’s store in London. I say ‘recent’; I think it’s been open for over a year already (January 2021)!

This is C.Gars’ flagship premium cigar and whisky shop on St James’s Street in the heart of London’s cigarland. The brain child of cigar boss Mitchell Orchant.

Mitchell Orchant talking about ‘How to Build a Cigar Business Empire’

Upon entering the shop, I was immediately welcomed in by (I think) Sam, who had a fountain of cigar knowledge and led me into the walk-in humidor. The humidor has the finest premium Havana and New World cigars, featuring aged, rare, limited edition cigars.

The walk in humidor at CGars St James, London
The walk in humidor – a close up shot – at CGars St James, London

I am keen to smoke as many different Cuban cigar brands as possible. Sam informed me there were, in fact, 27! On a quick count, I smoked 21 Cuban cigar brands during my recent cigar challenge. So there appear to be six more left to try.

Bolivar: Belicosos Finos
Cohiba: Robusto
Cuaba: Exclusivos
Diplomaticos: No 2
El Rey Del Mundo: Demi Tasse
Fonseca: Delicias
H Upmann: Magnum 50
Hoyo De Monterrey: Epicure No 2
Juan Lopez: Seleccion No 2
La Flor De Cano: Petit Coronas
Montecristo: Linea 1935 Maltes
Partagas: Lusitanias
Por Larranaga: Picadores
Punch: Punch 48 Casa Del Habanos
Quintero: Favoritos
Rafael Gonzalez: Panatelas
Ramon Allones: Gigantes
Romeo Y Julieta: Piramide Anejados
Saint Luis Rey: Regios
Sancho Panza: Belicosos
Trinidad: Topes

Hence I was immediately drawn to the Vegas Robaina cigar. One I had not tried before.

I think this was the Vegas Robaina ‘Famosos‘ cigar, but cigar aficionados do let me know (in the comments) if I’ve got this wrong. The details are as follows –

Length: 5″ 
Ring Gauge: 48
Flavour: Medium to Full

The Vegas Robaina Famosos cigar

Once I paid up, Sam cut the cap and lit the cigar, and I walked to sit in the comfortable cigar sampling area. There are two spots, one inside the shop, and one outside (4 chairs in total, 2 in each section). I opted to smoke in the outside seating area, as the weather was great!

Me being a typical cigar tourist, having a photo outside the CGars St James, London cigar and whisky shop.

The outside seating area is on a quiet street and is not overlooked by too many passersby, making it quite a relaxing place to smoke. Sam offered me and my mate some coffee, which went down a treat.

The Vegas Robaina cigar was absolutely marvellous. This cigar had a fantastic construction, the perfect draw. There were some expresso notes, woody, smooth, oaky and leathery. Just superb! I was really surprised, as I don’t often hear much mention about this particular cigar brand. I recommend trying one if you haven’t done so already.

Smoking a Vegas Robaina Famosos cigar
Cigar selfie outside outside the CGars St James, London cigar and whisky shop.

After an hour or so, I went back into the shop and met (I think) Viktoria, who took me into the humidor again, so I could purchase another Vegas Robaina cigar and also a San Cristobal cigar – which I’m looking forward to smoking in the near future – and of course, will try and review that!

I said my goodbyes, then went home – very happy! Overall a great experience. I can’t wait to return to the C.Gars store on one of their cigar evening events. It’s also worth noting that it is literally just around the corner from Davidoff and JJ Fox, so if you want a cigar binge crawl, do it and visit all three places.

A Google Map view of C.Gars St James, surrounded by other cigar venues

If you want to visit the C.Gars St James’ cigar and whisky shop the address is as follows:

23a St James’s Street,
St James’s, London,
SW1A 1HA


Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ytGpAFzCvHPuZNjJ8

Opening Times:

Mon, Tues & Wed: 10:00 – 18:00
Thurs, Fri & Sat: 10:00 – 19:00
Sun: Closed
Bank Holidays: 12pm to 5pm

1 comment

  1. Thanks again for another very informative review. My friend and I usually go to JJ Fox on our biannual visits back to our home town so we will definitely be paying C Gars a visit on our next trip down to the Smoke.

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