London is home to some pretty remarkable landmarks. From the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and the House of Parliament, visitors from around the world will congregate outside these historic sights in order to have their pictures taken and upload it to their Instagram and Facebook accounts. The younger generation will make their way to The London Eye and The Shard for the traditional selfies to be shared on the social media accounts or turned into a video for TikTok.
But in the evening, a lot of tourists who are into gambling, will visit one of the many casinos available at the capital for the chance to strike it rich. While patrons can get their gambling fix online with one of the many UK casino sites, you cannot experience the same atmosphere when entering a land-based casino. Here are some of London’s most iconic casinos.
The Empire Casino
The Empire Casino, part of Caesar’s Entertainment, is by far the biggest one in London, situated in the hear of London’s West End. The casino floor is packed with slot machines and electronic roulette games, blackjack tables and a huge selection of American Roulette games. You can also find Pai Gow Tile and Punto Banco games. There is no shortage of poker tables that host a plethora of stand-alone games and tournaments, spread across 55,000 square feet of Las Vegas style entertainment.
The Hippodrome Casino
Situated in the same prime Leicester Square location is the famous Hippodrome Casino which is spread over three floors and is housed in the former Hippodrome Theatre that opened back in 1900. The Grand Casino, Lola’s Casino and The Cranbourn Club have three different themes, but collectively they feature the widest range of casino games in the United Kingdom. They include Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Casino War and Dice games to name but a few. And if you love steak, make sure you reserve a table at the Heliot Stake House which overlooks the main casino floor. You will not be disappointed.
Crown London Aspinalls
If you are looking for a more private setting for your gambling activities, then Crown London Aspinalls Gaming is the perfect location. Remember, this is a private members club, and you will have to complete an application form and await approval from a committed in order to get through the doors. This is by far one of the swankiest casinos in London, with five private gaming salons and a main gaming area. You can play Three Card Poker, American Roulette and Blackjack. So, if money is not an issue, and you want to stay away from prying eyes, then you cannot get any better than Aspinalls, sited in ultra-fancy Mayfair.
Genting Crockfords Casino
You probably do not get more exclusive than the Crockfords Club which is located on Curzon Street in Mayfair. This is the oldest casino in the country, if not the world, which used to house a gentlemen’s club that played host to celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. The casino has attracted attention in recent times when the famous poker player Phil Ivey was found to use a technique called ‘edge-sorting’ to win £7.7 million while playing Baccarat. After the casino refused to pay his winnings, the case went to court, where five justices upheld the decision. It was deemed that this technique was illegitimate.
At the end of the day, it does not really matter which casino you are about to visit in London, they all have a fascinating story behind them. Just make sure you choose the one that is best suited for your individual bankroll.