Belgraves appoints only female Master of Cigars


Belgraves in London has appointed the capital’s only female Master of Havana Cigars as the luxury boutique’s new F&B manager.

Paola Paollilo will now oversee all the food and beverage operations within the 85 bedrooms hotel, including the Pont St restaurant headed up by Sophie Michell, and use her knowledge and experience to help guests choose their preferred cigars on Belgraves’ terrace.

The terrace can be used all year round with its retractable glass roof and can cater for 30 guests or private dining for up to 12.

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Paollilo comes from a long and successful background in the industry, having worked at Thistle and Guoman hotel group in London and cigar lounge manager at No. Ten Manchester Street hotel in London’s Marylebone.

She also participated in the UK Cigar Sommelier competition in 2014 where she came in second place.

Belgraves is a boutique property in London’s Chesham Place, part of the Thompson group, which also operates 8 hotels around the world in key locations such as New York, Chicago and Miami.