Casinos - Overview
The first thing to point out with casinos in London is that there is a wide
range of casinos to choose from dotted all over the capital, mostly in the
central areas but not limited to just that section. Wherever you stay you
wont be too far from a casino. There was a time when to spend a night at an
establishment meant having to join as a member 24 hours or more ahead. Laws
have changed and these days you can turn up on the night (or day) and as
long as you have some form of identification you will be allowed to play.
There will still be some clubs however that have stricter criteria and
turning up on the night will not be enough, this tends to be the most
exclusive casinos. The other benefit casinos offer is early hours drinking.
All the casinos have a licensed bar and usually a restaurant meaning when
most bars and restaurants are shutting they offer a great alternative venue ecen
if you are not looking to gamble.
The most popular casino in the UK is located in the very
heart of London on Leicester Square, and that is "The Casino at the Empire"
on Leicester Square (shown left). The good news is that if you take your ID with you then
you can walk right in and start playing. For hotels close by take a look at
our Leicester Square
page for hotels within walking distance (1/3rd of a mile). Close
by (within walking distance) are the G casino and Napoleons casino.
However there are more than 20 casinos in the capital so if you are within
central London you wont be far from one. There are also establishments outside
of central London including Aspers Casino Stratford at Westfield Stratford City
in east London.
Hotels in London with their own casino
There are a handful of hotels that actually have a casino within or attached
to their building. Note however that no hotel actually has its own casino,
they are all run as entirely separate entities. Until September 2011
The Royal Garden Hotel
directly attached to the Connoisseur casino, however that casino is now shut.
One of the most famous hotels in the world has a casino within its premises,
The Ritz hotel
is home to the Ritz
casino which you will find tucked away in the hotels basement. Ad you would
expect from one of the most luxurious hotels in London the casino is very
upmarket which isn't the case with many others.
The Thistle Marble
backs onto the Sportsman casino which is also within walking distance
from the Best Western Mostyn
at Marble Arch.
May Fair Hotel
is the most central of these with its Mayfair location
just off from Green Park and it incorporates The Palm Beach Casino within
Sheraton Park Tower Hotel
takes in the Park Tower casino and is opposite
the south side of Hyde Park.
incorporates the Grosvenor casino (beneath the hotel) and with its south
Kensington location is the least central of the named hotels but is still a
central London hotel
W Hotel Leicester
is within walking distance of the three Leicester Square casinos, the
Empire, The G Casino (The Grosvenor G Casino Piccadilly) and Napoleons.
Perhaps the image that's springs to mind when one thinks of London and
casinos is the Playboy bunny girls. The Playboy club first opened on 1st
July 1966 and was located at
45 Park Lane
its demise by 1982. However Hugh Hefner who was responsible for the original
club brought his creation back in 2011 with its new home at 14 Old Park
Lane. Beware that this a members only club and you will need to be a member
or accompanied by a member for entrance.