WIth 45 table games and 123 electronic machines The Hippodrome is the gambling Mecca

Since 1900, “Hippodrome” has been synonymous with “entertainment” for Londoners. Established as a venue for circus events and large-scale theatrical productions, the Leicester Square spot morphed through transformations aplenty, from circus to theatre to night club to cabaret theatre (plus several in-between spots along the way) before ultimately re-re-re (several times “re”)-opening as the Hippodrome Casino London in 2012.
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For adult entertainment check out the burlesque show Boom & Bang Circus.

The Hippodrome Casino London

Cranbourn Street

Leicester Square

London, England


By the time the lease on the Hippodrome ran out on holder Charmaine Heig, the venue was once again a theatre, hosting the adult cabaret show La Clique. The Leicester-based Thomas Family took up the lease and began massive renovation – estimated at £40 million (approximately $62.5 million) – of the space. When an apartment building in the adjacent lot became available, the Thomases snapped it up as well; this quadrupled the floor space of the venue – and what would become four floors’ worth of gaming space ready for the grand opening in July 2012.

Upon opening the Hippodrome Casino, then-London mayor Boris Johnson touted it as an example of economic potential in the big city: “another ringing endorsement of London as a great place to invest.”

What games are there at the Hippodrome Casino?

Spread out throughout the aforementioned four floors of gambling space are 45 table games plus 123 electronic gaming machines, including a couple dozen slot machines. Within the Gold Room casino located on the bottom floor puts the accent of Asian games like Pai Gow and Sic Bo, the other floors have tables devoted to three-card poker, blackjack, roulette and the like. Lots more roulette is available on the dozens of electronic roulette games.

What is the minimum bet at the Hippodrome Casino London?

No minimum bet! Fantastic!

Isn’t there poker at the Hippodrome Casino London as well?

You bet (so to speak) and, like most everything else that’s ever graced the interiors of the Hippodrome, it’s a big deal. So to speak.

PokerStars Live was opened in March 2013 as a partner venture between the Thomas Family’s operation and the website which touts itself as the world’s largest poker site. The 20-table venue offers regular cash games and tournaments in Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha variations. Home to the UK & Ireland Poker Tour, this poker room also plays host to other serious big-money events and televised stops on international poker tours.

What are the hours of the casino and PokerStars Live poker room?

Both are open 24/7 and are closed only for major holidays such as Christmas.

What entertainment is there at the Hippodrome?

As a century-old performance space, the theatrical arts are still hosted in the Matcham Room cabaret theatre. On a long regular contract for the venue is the burlesque show Boom & Bang Circus.

Are there restaurants in the Hippodrome?

Sure! For reasonably-priced food and drinks, check out the Hellot Steak House and Heliot Cocktail Bar & Lo