The high life of London: 5 of the best casinos in the Capital
03 August, 2021
As the fastest growing industry in Britain, the UK tourist economy is booming. London itself attracts around 30 million tourists each year, with top countries of origin for visitors being the USA, France, Germany and Spain. Boasting a vibrant multicultural epicenter with more than 300 languages spoken, ancient cathedrals, palaces, famous bridges, museums and other unique attractions, it’s no wonder the city is so popular.
London is also known to have some of the best nightlife in the world where there’s so much on offer from award-winning restaurants and bars to the theatre district where visitors can watch the latest theatre performances, as well as some of the best nightclubs and casinos.
Below, we’ll take a look at some of London’s top casinos and the latest games and entertainment they have on offer.
1. Maxim’s Casino
Built in 1862, Maxim’s casino has the exclusive address of No1., Palace Gate House, in the heart of Kensington. There’s no wonder it had such an exclusive address when the original building was constructed for John Foster, a close friend of the world-famous writer, Charles Dickens. In 1899, the house underwent renovations and became famously known as ‘the house built for gentleman, by gentleman’.
Owned by the Malaysian company, Genting Malaysia Berhad, the casino requires exclusive membership in order to be able to access its exclusive facilities. Those lucky individuals that are members can benefit from a whiskey lounge bar, Arabic, European and Chinese dining and leading casino facilities that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The main gaming room is in the grand drawing room, complete with marble fireplaces, pearwood paneling and other grand features. But don’t be mistaken by the classic grandeur of the property, Maxim’s casino also features some of the latest electric gaming experience including slots and roulette, they also host cash and tournament games of poker.
2. The Hippodrome Casino
Located in the bustling Leicester Square, the Hippodrome casino is more than 100 years old and is well geared up to entertain Londoners and visitors alike. The venue features a grand 180 seat feature where it hosts the best of swing, soul, Jazz and burlesque. There’s also a lavish six bars for visitors to choose from, as well as the well-known, Heliot Steakhouse.
As for the casino itself, there are over three floors of games to explore, featuring an array of casino table games and slots. Each floor acts like a separate casino with the Grand Casino on the ground floor acting as the centre stage for all of the casinos. If you know where to look, there’s also a speakeasy bar called Lola’s on the lower ground floor which is popular with locals and tourists alike.
3. The Barracuda
Maned as one of the most popular attractions in Baker Street, the Barracuda is situated in the suburb of Marylebone, just outside the luxurious area of Mayfair. As part of the reputable casino chain; Grosvenor, the Barracuda has recently had a luxurious upgrade in which it now features a range of table and electronic games that benefit from the very latest casino technology.
Popular games include the three-card poker tables, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, electronic roulette and a variety of slot machines. What’s more, some of the latest jackpot machines offer prizes of over £10,000.
Despite the upmarket experience, the Barracuda has a more relaxed dress code, meaning guests don’t need to get out the suit and bow tie to attend. That being said, there is an award-winning restaurant inside the casino that offers an array of cuisines, including Arabic dishes. There’s also a bar on the main games floor and live music hosted once a month.
While there are no dedicated poker rooms or tournaments at the Barracuda, the Grosvenor’s alternate venue – The Victoria, is their main poker casino and is located just a short distance from the Barracuda.
4. Les Ambassadeurs
Les Ambassadeurs is one of the more famous casinos in London and is known for featuring one of the infamous Bond movies. Remember the scene where Sean Connery walks into the casino, lights a cigarette on the Baccarat table in the elegant way that he does, and then introduces himself as ‘Bond, James Bond’. Les Ambassadeurs is the place where this went down.
Despite the movie scene’s claim to fame, Les Ambassadeurs is frequented by some of the world’s most rich and famous people. Names on the guest list have included Kaitlyn Jenner, Teddy Sheringham, Nicklas Bendtner and Mike Ashley to name a few.
With its grand interiors, luxurious game tables and outstanding reputation, this venue really is somewhere where you need to pull out the suit and bowtie.
5. The Empire Casino
Resembling some of its Las Vegas counterparts, the Empire Casino in Leicester Square offers over 55,000 square feet of space for its visitors. While it attracts many high rollers, the place is also frequented by tourists and students looking to win some extra cash. Originally a ballroom and theatre, the venue was transformed into a casino in 2007 by Might Caesars Entertainment.
As for games, the casino offers 127 slot machines and 50 table games. The VIP Dragon lounge is also an award-winning club inside the casino and offers luxurious treatment. If visitors are looking for a more relaxed scene, there is also 3 other bars inside the casino, including a sports bar.
Overall, London is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world and features some of the very best entertainment, sights and cultural offerings. As a multicultural hub, there’s so much to see and do, but by far, London’s casinos are some of the best there are.