People visit London for different reasons – a wide range, too, given the sheer size and seemingly unending lists of things to do. While some people may want to spend their time making their way through all of the restaurants near The Arch during their stay, others may be more interested in making their way through as many museums as they can (maybe not all, as London has hundreds of them!) While some will find themselves filling their schedule with relaxing spa treatments at Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch, there will be those who are after some casino-fun. For the latter, here are the best casinos in London as well as how to get to them.
The Hippodrome Casino London
In a lot of cities around the world, casinos can be located slightly out of the city center because they require a fairly expansive amount of space. This is certainly not a limitation on London’s casino life, which you will learn on visiting The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. This is a big, cosmopolitan casino with three floors of slots, tables and gaming, the UK’s only Pokerstars LIVE deck, big-screens for sports and live entertainment. The show currently on here isChanning Tatum’s Magic Mike! Live. Heliot Steak House is also in residence, serving up some of London’s most mouth-watering steaks. The Hippodrome has everything you need for a high-stakes (and steaks), classy night out in London town.
Nearest tube station: Leicester Square
Another casino in Leicester Square – it is, after all, London’s entertainment district – is Empire Casino. Think all the usuals: poker tables, black jack, roulette and slots. Then throw in the kind of balcony cocktail bar you would locate 007 ordering his martini shaken not stirred, a sports bar and a world-class Asian restaurant, and you are starting to build yourself a picture of what it is like entering through that sultry-lit archway right on the iconic Leicester Square.
Nearest tube station: Leicester Square
The Palm Beach Casino
If you can’t quite make it to Florida’s glitzy Palm Beach, then Mayfair’s Palm Beach Casino is just as glamorous an option, lacking only sandy beaches and balmy days. You can expect 24-hour tables and poker accompanied by a late-night restaurant and cocktail bar. It checks all the boxes of sophistication, luxury and class. The restaurant is run by award-winning Executive Head Chef Mahmud Zaman, who is serving up some of the most decadent food in the city night by night, accompanied by cocktails so fresh they will transport you to a deck chair in Florida with every sip.
Nearest tube station: Green Park
Grosvenor Casino London
There are a number of Grosvenor Casinos across London, though being a chain has no influence on the bespoke experience available at every location. The London locations include: The Rialto, The Victoria, The Barracuda, Golden Horseshoe and more, while the UK at large has Grosvenor Casinos scattered across it, from Cardiff in South Wales to Portsmouth in the South of England. You will even find some as far north as Edinburgh and Dundee in Scotland. The sheer number of them is testimony to how successful a chain they are part of, and each experience is a reminder of why that is the case. Expect late night bars, lovely restaurants, gaming tables and slot machines galore.
Aspers Westfield Stratford City
Further afield, in east London’s Stratford, you will find Aspers Westfield in Stratford City. This casino has a floor entirely dedicated to gaming, a separate poker room so that there is no distracting your best poker face, a restaurant open all hours or the day as well as cocktail and sports bars throughout. The smart-casual dress code makes it a fun and relaxing space, as well as one that remains on the classy end of the night-out spectrum. It is an event venue as well as sprinkled with restaurants and good food, so you will have no trouble including dinner and a show in your schedule.
Closest tube stations: Stratford
Genting Casino Chinatown
Though part of a casino chain, one of the best locations of Genting Casinos is the one located in Chinatown. It is as bustling inside as it is in the surrounding area, London’s famed entertainment district that never sleeps. Apart from the traditional table games and slots, they also offer an authentic Squeeze Baccarat game as well as the classic Blackjack, American Roulette and Poker. Another prime Genting Casino spot is Crockfords in Mayfair on Curzon Street.
Closest tube stations: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road
Admiral Casino Bethnal Green
There are Admiral Casinos dotted around the UK, from Brighton to east London’s vibrant Bethnal Green. The experience you get here is incomparable and unique, meaning it is a must-visit if you are looking for a new casino experience in London. Though less central, the distance from the city center means there is plenty of space to enjoy.
Closest tube stations: Bethnal Green
The nightlife in London can be hard to navigate, because there is just so much happening from rooftop to basement bars, from Soho to Hackney. But rest assured knowing that there is always some life buzzing inside the four walls of these casinos – most often, for 24 hours. It is up to you whether you visit to enjoy the snazzy restaurants, exotic flavours and fizzy cocktails, to watch the theatrical shows and live music performances, to have a crack at the jackpot or pull your finest poker face – the options are all there, and a night-well-spent often includes a mix of everything. With most of these locations so central, you can get to them very easily, often just by jumping on the Central Line a short walk from the Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch.