NEW CIGAR TERRACES WITH BESPOKE ARTWORK AT THE WELLESLEY, KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Cigar lovers, listen up! After undergoing a significant redesign, The Wellesley has unveiled its attractive new cigar terraces complete with an intricate, bespoke commissioned artwork. These impressive terraces will provide guests with a cosy environment to savour and sample some of the world’s finest cigars from Europe’s largest hotel humidor.
Cleverly designed to be a functional work of art, the terraces are comprised of transparent clear-glass columns and beams, cantilevered glass panels and vertical bronze fins. A bronze metal screen made up of thousands of individually cast bronze buds encloses the space, allowing a subtle glow of of light through whilst revealing glimpses of the hotel’s iconic backdrop.
The concept of the sculptural screen was born from the idea of constructing a surface that reflects and captures the essence of the adjacent Hyde Park. The hotel team worked closely with the talented Lee Simmons, widely recognised for his work in sculpture and pushing the boundaries of art and architecture, and Make Architects, the award-winning architectural practice founded by Ken Shuttleworth.
Originally built to house the Hyde Park Corner Tube Station, The Wellesley is renowned for its lovingly restored art déco interior and its original façade, a distinctive oxblood red by Leslie William Green, known for his design of iconic London Underground Stations. The new design celebrates the iconic location of The Wellesley and pays homage to the hotel’s beautiful, historic architecture, whilst granting privacy to the Cigar Terrace’s patrons and guests.
Lee Simmons says, “The commission has been a real privilege for me to undertake for such an iconic building and location, and I am really delighted with the outcome of the sculptural screen. The use of cutting-edge materials and manufacturing processes have been truly pushed to their limits to deliver this project and working with a number of great collaborators throughout the development really brought this project to fruition.”
The Wellesley’s Humidor showcases over £1.5 worth of the world’s finest cigars and is the biggest collection of cigars sold on a stick by stick basis in Europe. The Humidor was commissioned by Italian humidor experts DeArt, in conjunction with Fox Linton and features a laser cut marble inlaid map of Cuba on the floor. The overall experience promises a unique and intimate atmosphere and delivers on being one of the most exceptional places to enjoy a fine cigar in London. Private cigar masterclasses with The Wellesley’s inhouse cigar expert are available on request.
The terrace is open to both guests and the general public from Monday - Saturday, 8:00am - 2:30am and on Sundays, 8:00am to 1:00am.
Address: The Wellesley, 11 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7LY