Healthy cigarette substitute VS out-of-control fad; whichever side of the fence you park yourself, there’s no denying that the vaping craze has taken off in a big way.
And with ‘vape’ being named Oxford dictionaries word of the year 2014, it seems these techy cigs won’t be ‘vaporising’ any time soon.
Read on for our pick of the coolest places to take an e-cig lunchbreak or vape the night away…
Vape Lab – Shoreditch High Street
In the heart of hipster Shoreditch (unsurprisingly) the Vape Lab is Britain’s pioneering ‘Vape Café’, where for the first time since the smoking ban, vapers are able to come together under one roof to pamper their nicotine habit, without getting arrested. It offers over 50 different e-liquids including "Gin Addiction", which retails at £7 for a 10ml bottle.
The Avante Garde Bespoke Vaping bar – London’s West End
The cigarette culture of Soho and Paris is reinvented in this newly launched high-end vaping bar. The first bar of its kind, Avante Garde features mixologists who offer up weird and wonderful flavour combos to their vaping clientele. Simply walk in, tell a mixologist what kind of flavours you like and have your own personalised combination made before your very eyes!
The bar themes are indulgence and luxury, with “Heavenly Vanilla Custard” and “Lemon Meringue Pie’ amongst flavours offered. Can we get some ice-cream with that…
Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing was recently spotted here (looking rather debonair we might add) clutching a bespoke e-cig made especially for him by vape extraordinaire ‘blu’.
Enjoy modern European cuisine, cocktails and summer beats whilst vaping away to your hearts content.
Madison’s Rooftop Bar
The Madison Rooftop Bar in Central London offers spectacular views of London’s skyline from 8 am until late. Whether you fancy a vape with your morning coffee or cocktails on a night out, Madison’s is the place to be.
Butler’s Wharf Chop House
Located on the riverside near London Bridge, and boasting views of Tower Bridge, Docklands and beyond, this restaurant devoted to serving up ‘really good British food’ is the ideal setting for a lazy sunny day spent vaping in the city.
The elite views, natural buzz and glamour of Skylon Southbank make it a firm favourite amongst Londoners. Spend an evening dabbling in Modern European cuisine, sipping on cocktails and of course vaping, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows framing exquisite river-views.
Willing to go a little further for your vape…?
Monster Vape US
If you’re ever in the US and looking for an E-cig bar with a difference, look no further than Monster Vape. Run by a team of vaping connoisseurs, their express aim is to educate, inform and convert smokers to vaping – and they take it seriously! The specialist e-liquid bar is staffed by veteran vapers who help customers experience every aspect of vaping on the spot, and try before they buy. For a full-on vaping education, this place is the nearest you’ll get to ‘vape school’. Beats double maths any day…
J D Wetherspoon
Yes, you read it right. Believe it or not, vapers will be forced to get their pints elsewhere as the chain of budget-friendly pubs has announced a strict non-vaping rule for fear of ‘confusing’ its customers.