London is one of the most visited cities in the world and one of the most multicultural cities, too – more than 270 nationalities and 300 languages are represented in the “Big Smoke”, as the city is known. With such diversity backed up by 2000 years of history, London offers something for every taste and inclination. Culture, fine dining, art, culture, science, ideas, pubs, history, music, theatre, fashion, the Queen – you’ll never exhaust London in a lifetime, offline or online. Both land-based and online Casino culture is big in London, too, with some of the world’s classiest gambling establishments, making the grand old city on the Thames an excellent candidate for a great casino break.
Located in the high-rent Mayfair district, the Colony Club evokes the bygone days of the British Empire, with its wood panelled dining-room, illuminated columns and mirrored walls – a great place to take a date if you want to impress. There’s even a private dining salon. The accent is on Middle Eastern, Asian and Oriental cuisine, and you can have a meal prepared right in front of you by the chef at the club’s Teppan-Yaki Bar. On the gaming side, you can choose from a selection of over 20 gaming tables that offer American roulette, blackjack, baccarat, three-card poker and Caribbean stud poker. Electronic roulette and pokies are included in the mix. For private sessions, the luxuriously appointed private gaming room guarantees absolute discretion.
High times at the Hippodrome
London’s iconic Leicester Square has been an entertainment hotspot for Londoners since 1670. With so many theatres, restaurants, bars, clubs and shops, you’re never at a loss for something to do no matter what day of the year. For a gaming night to remember, try the historic Hippodrome Casino, which prides itself on having “the widest range of world-class casino table gaming, electronic games, slots and poker facilities in the UK”. Housed in a former West End theatre (established 1900), the casino offers three separate casinos each with a different theme. The ground floor houses the Grand Casino, with its views of the grand auditorium, and the Macau Lounge. On the lower ground floor, Lola’s Underground Casino offers the latest variety shows in collaboration with with Strut & Fret – the masterminds behind Blanc de Blanc, Limbo and Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – alongside classic table games, as well as a back-to-back craps tables pit. On the third floor, the Cranbourn Club is a quieter, more traditional gaming environment. Beyond the casinos, the Hippodrome has six bars, a 180-seat theatre and the gourmet Heliot Steak House.
Barracuda on Baker
Baker Street is famous as being the home of Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective more famous than his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s also the address of Barracuda Casino, “where fun, glamour and excitement are always on the cards”. Open 24 hours a day, the Barracuda offers roulette, blackjack, Punto Banco and three-card poker. The latest pokies and electronic roulette machines are also in the house. For private gaming, you can make use of the Barracuda’s luxurious Club Room, which also has two special poker tables for private games. French, Arabic, Indian and Chinese food are to be had at the à la carte restaurant.
Poker at The Vic
Situated on the Edgeware Road in the heart of London, the Grosvenor Victoria Casino is one of Britain’s longest established casinos. Affectionately known as “The Vic”, people used to fly in from the USA in the Swinging Sixties just to say they had played at London’s “place to be”. The Vic hasn’t lost any of its edge, with the 35-seat Poker Room remaining one of the largest and most iconic in Europe. But you don’t have to be a pro to feel at home – serious players and novices alike are all welcome and catered for, with weekly tournaments and cash games. All the traditional casino games are available in the gaming area, as well as 20 pokies and 32 electronic roulette machines. It’s fair to say that once you’ve played at The Vic, you’ve “done London”!