The Hippodrome is an iconic building on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square, opposite Leicester Square Tube station. It’s been a theatre and a music hall in the past and is now a casino with a club, restaurants and bars spread out over 4 floors. Your other option that is simlar in London is Aspers Stratford– but that´s about a 30 minute cab ride from town. The nice thing about the Hippodrome is that it´s right in the thick of it.
At the beginning of 2006, entrepreneur Charmaine Haig took on the lease of the building and set about getting a casino licence. He ended up running it as a private event venue before selling the lease on to Jimmy and Simon Thomas in 2009, who restored the building with a £40million investment.
The Hippodrome Casino was opened in July 2012 with 4 floors of casino gaming, a Gold Room casino in the basement, the Heliot restaurant, 6 bars, a smoking terrace and The Matcham Room cabaret theatre.
The Best Bit.
Our favourite bit is Lola’s Underground Casino in the basement (which was formerly the Gold Room). Lola’s is a unique area with live entertainment in the middle of the gaming action, with one of London’s few craps tables (which they have renamed “Dice” for the locals, plus roulette and blackjack tables that surround a cage with Lola’s gorgeous dancing girls.
Lola’s is a throw back to the Hippodrome of 1900. Then, if you head upstairs there is a big gaming floor and sweeping staircases up to the third floor cocktail bar. The Heliot Steak restaurant at the top of the gallery overlooking the gaming floor is a must if you like your sirloin. We had a medium 300g (10 oz) Sirloin USDA Prime Steak (medium rare). Delicious.
The main arena casino floor has a cool central bar and full-height ceiling all the way up to the minstrel’s gallery of the original theatre. It’s a spectacular setting in which to play roulette.
You’ll find lots of European Roulette tables here and plenty of video roulette games scattered about- there’s even a video roulette section around the back of the main gaming floor area.
In total there are more than 45 casino tables with Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Dice, Pai Gow, Baccarat, Casino War covered, plus lots of video games: roulette, slots and video poker.
And if you are a smoker, head upstairs to the 2 tier smoking terrace- you can play up here too, or just grab a drink from the bar. The whole place is just great for wandering around and exploring. Just don’t lose your mates!