The Hookah's origin traces back to India. It surfaced in the form we know it as today around the 15th Century when Indian Glass manufacturing began as a result of the exporting of glass to India through the British East India Company. The glass base was called Shisha. Its mystique spread to Iran where special strong, flavorless tobacco was used with it called "Ajami". It rose to fame under the Ottoman Empire's rule around the time of Murat V in 1623-1640. The sultans of the age took portraits with their Nargiles and it became a status symbol of the time. It was smoked after royal dinners and at diplomatic meetings. Hookahs are known around the world by many different names, such as a water pipe, nargeela/nargile/narghile/nargileh, argeela/arghileh, shisha/sheesha, okka, kalyan, or ghelyoon or ghalyan. Many of these names are of Arab, Somalian, Indian, Ethiopian, Turkish, Uzbek, or Persian origin. Shisha Shisha, a synonym for Hookah, is from the Persian word shishe, literally translated as glass and not bottle. It is more commonly used in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Somalia. Many in the U.K. tend to refer to the tobacco smoked from a hookah as "shisha." This incorrect use of the term derived from the use of slang in the Middle East, where it is common to request a "flavored shisha" which means a Hookah with flavored tobacco. With many Brits travelling abroad and trying shisha for the first time, smoking in the UK has become a popular trend amongst Brits of all ages.
The jar at the bottom of the hookah is filled with water sufficient to submerge a few centimeters of the body tube, which is sealed tightly to it. Deeper water will only increase the inhalation force needed to use it. Tobacco is placed inside the bowl at the top of the hookah and then a foil or charcoal screen with a burning charcoal is placed on top. Some cultures cover the bowl with perforated tin foil or a metal screen to separate the coal and the tobacco, which minimizes inhalation of coal ash with the smoke. This may also reduce the temperature the tobacco is exposed to, in order to prevent burning the tobacco directly. When one inhales via the hose, air is pulled through the charcoal and into the bowl holding the tobacco. The hot air, heated by the charcoal vaporizes (not burns) the tobacco, thus producing smoke, which is passed down through the body tube that extends into the water in the jar. It bubbles up through the water, losing heat, and fills the top part of the jar, to which the hose is attached. When a smoker inhales from the hose, smoke passes into the lungs, and the change in pressure in the jar pulls more air through the charcoal, continuing the process. If the hookah has been lit and smoked but has not been inhaled for an extended period, the smoke inside the water jar may be regarded as "stale" and undesirable. Stale smoke may be exhausted through the purge valve, if present. This one-way valve is opened by the positive pressure created from gently blowing into the hose. It will not function on a multiple-hose hookah unless all other hoses are plugged. Sometimes one-way valves are put in the hose sockets to avoid the need to manually plug hoses.
We're a team of shisha enthusiasts that aim to deliver the best smoking experience possible. With in-depth knowledge of the industry and a wide range of clientele, we have slowly become the popular choice for smokers inside the UK and internationally too! We've travelled the globe and sourced products from all over, all to make your experience that bit more enjoyable. Whilst we may not be as active online as some other companies, we certainly know how to provide a good quality shisha.
Generally speaking, our minimum order is usually 3 shishas for events and occasions. 5 shishas has been the average amount for event hires over the past 5 years, with some bookings requiring upwards of 20 shishas.
We cover the entire UK and extend outside of the UK if requested. We do charge basic travel costs but we never profit from any travel related costs and charge exactly what it costs us to get to you and back
It's quite simple, if you like the idea of having shishas at any of your events or occasions give us a call or drop us an email. If you know exactly how many shishas you require you can now purchase them directly from our website and we'll be in touch to finalise the booking.
Yes, providing there is enough time to sort out any staffing issues. Our shisha staff can stay for the full duration of any event and attend to lighting and maintaining the shishas. It gives you time to enjoy the occasion and not worry about having to run around looking after the shishas. Provided they are capable, you can even provide your own staff to minimise costs.
We are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for events, you never have to worry about unavailability unless of course we are fully booked. Our normal working hours are between 2pm to 2am. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
We've recently diversified our shisha range and flavours, we're sure we have something for everyone. From tabletop shishas to grand aquarium shishas, we've got it covered. We can tailor any package to suit your requirement, we can change the number of staff, shishas and flavour choices. We offer pay as you smoke packages for festival type settings and pre-pay packages for weddings and corporate event types.
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Events such as weddings, birthdays, parties, corporate events, club events, music festivals, balls, prom nights, graduation ceremonies, private parties, film/movie sets, celebrity guests etc.
It all depends on the requirements, generally all our events are for a minimum of 3 hours. We've been hired out for 10 hours and even as low as 2 hours, so it all depends on the occasion, number of shishas and location.
Check out our shisha flavours brochure to view all our full list of flavours. There's a lot to choose from, if you can't find what you're looking for or are unsure give us a shout.
Yes and no. If you're at a private residence you can do what you like. However, events open to the general public will require our traditional shishas to be outside or in a approved smoking area. We do offer electronic shishas that are allowed for indoor smoking, but if you're still unsure we'll be able to help.
We work with a number of concierge services and venues around the UK. We offer a commission and discount program for all repeat clientele, get in touch to see what we can offer.