We’ve all been there, dressed to the nines in the Capital, searching on our phones for somewhere still open and bemoaning London’s lacking, lame nightlife. But if you after a night out that doesn’t suddenly stop once the clocks strike midnight, one of London’s many casinos might be the answer. There’s the glitz and glamour of the Vegas Strip, with heaps of fun, prizes to be won, plus no long plane journey into the desert to contend with. You don’t even have to spend big to be part of the opulent, over-the-top experience; just go to soak up the spectacle and enjoy the ride. With this in mind, here are 4 IDEAL casino nights out in London.
Empire Casino represents a multi-faceted experience where entertainment is concerned. There’s the casino itself, with classic games like Blackjack and American roulette, and then there’s the poker room where you can get your game face on should you choose. However, as with most casinos, in our eyes the best bits have nothing to do with the tables.
Tucked away in the casino is FuLuShou, a pan Asian restaurant which prides itself on fresh lobster from the tank. For those preferring to watch sport than engage in it, there is the Carlsburg Sportsbar. And if you’re after something a little more upmarket you can sip cocktails on the Icon Balcony bar – whose apparent ‘trump card’ is a grand balcony overlooking Leicester Square.
Address: 5-6 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NA
THE HIPPODROME CASINO
Again, a night out in this three floor casino is about much more than just casino tables and slots. It’s home to a 325-seat state-of-the-art theatre, with jazz, swing, soul and burlesque performances. There are 6 bars including the Havanna Club Terrace, which serves Cuban inspired cocktails. Oh, and the whole area is heated, allowing for maximum comfort in the chillier months ahead.
There’s also a steak house, the Heliot, which has previously been awarded the title of Best Steak Restaurant in London by the customers of bookatable. Aside from massive hunks of meat, the restaurant is also famous for decadent sides including the legendary Millionaire’s Mac & Cheese (topped with a poached duck egg and black truffle). Oh and if you’re ever looking for food after a night out and chicken and chips just doesn’t cut it, the casino has a 24 hour menu. Nom nom nom.
Address: Cranbourn St, London WC2H 7JH
Dinner | © The Hippodrome Cassino
Billing itself as “the most exclusive Casino in Mayfair, where you can game in unsurpassed luxury”, the bar here is set rather high. Indeed, Colony Club resides in one of London’s most exclusive postcodes, so if that’s your thing, then head there to sip on drinks mixed expertly from their seasonal cocktail menu or tuck into some Japanese grub at their 10-seat Teppanyaki Bar. There’s also a restaurant that’s open 7 days a week from 7pm till 2am, for those with the late night munchies a kebab simply won’t satiate. Oh and there’s also live music and live DJs playing every Friday to Saturday.
Address: 24 Hertford St, Mayfair, London W1J 7SA
PALM BEACH CASINO
Located in Mayfair (we’re beginning to see a pattern here), this casino is currently undergoing a makeover, however if it’s anything like it was before the decision to chop’n’change, with a wonderful late night restaurant and cocktail bar, then it’s guaranteed to be a great night out. Watch this space….
Address: 30 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8EH