Hippodrome Casino, London

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The Hippodrome Casino is located just off Leicester Square within easy reach of the Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross tube stations. There are numerous hotels in the area and if you are brave enough to drive, an NCP car park.

The impressive building, an old theatre, has been recently refurbished at a cost of £40 million and it shows; all of the facilities are smartly designed, modern looking and efficient.

There is a large choice of gaming across three floors. Each game tends to be situated within its own 'zone' so you will be playing amongst like-minded individuals, such as the poker deck, oriental Gold Room and private high-roller rooms overlooking Leicester Square.

The restaurants and bars are reasonably priced, especially for central London, with interesting menus and tasty food.

Despite being fairly cavernous and 'cold' when quiet, overall we'd recommend The Hippodrome a great venue for both seasoned gamblers and casino novices alike.

The Hippodrome Casino operates an open-door policy, so you can just walk right in with no membership being required. It is open 24 hours a day, but you might be asked for ID after midnight. There's also no strict dress code, so you can wear what makes you feel comfortable.

Hippodrome Casino, London Information

Hippodrome Casino, London
UK Gambling Commission

Hippodrome Casino
Year Established

Banking Methods:
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Ratings Breakdown:
Game Choice 10
Layout 7
Outdoor Areas 3
Atmosphere 7
Restaurants and Bars 10
Staff 10
Music 5


Good Points:
  • Good location
  • Well-kept interior
  • Very helpful and friendly staff
  • Wide range of games

Needs Improvement:
  • Limited parking available
Contact Addresses:

Establishment Address
14-15 Cranbourn Street
Leicester Square

Contact Phones:

General Enquiries:
0207 769 8888

Heliot Restaurant:
0207 769 8844

Contact Emails:

General Enquiries:

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Layout and outdoor areas

The Hippodrome is huge. It has been created via a £40 million refurbish in 2011 from a building originally opened as a circus variety theatre in 1900, featuring a 100,000 gallon water tank for polar bears, sea lions and even elephants.

The 93,000 square feet of amenities is spread over three floors and house an impressive array of gaming opportunities, a dedicated poker floor, no less than five bars, a cabaret theatre, a high quality restaurant and lounge, and several high-roller and private rooms which can also be hired for private parties.

At the time of review, the Hippodrome boasted 43 tables (with £1 - £25 minimum bets), 20 slots and 110 terminals. You will also always find cash-game Texas Hold’em action on the poker deck at any time of the day, usually one or two tables.

Smoking is obviously not allowed in the casino, but there is a two-tier outdoor smoking (and gaming) area situated on the third floor.

All of the facilities have been well thought out and are a modern design, clean and well looked after.

Atmosphere and amenities


The over-whelming feeling is of space, space and more space interspersed with grandeur and a lot of gaming opportunities. Our only concern was that such a large impressive facility can feel empty and cavernous when there are only a few players in.

We visited on a Saturday night when the place was alive and buzzing but also early on a Tuesday morning when we didn’t quit hear echoes but it was pretty close.

Restaurants and Bars

The main restaurant is the Heliot Restaurant, Bar and Lounge and is situated on the first floor, opening its doors at 5pm daily. You get a good view of the main gaming floor and of the building in general. The lighting is a tad subdued and the tables are fairly well separated so you'll feel like you are in a VIP booth in a club.

The menu has been designed to "take inspiration from the building's heritage", whatever that means! We found it to have a nicely varied offering, with standard British Classics being given a facelift (Fish & Chips is with Whiting not Cod, and Shepherd’s Pie is with goats cheese mash).

The Heliot features a cocktail bar where the floor is decorated with pennies - a nice touch for a casino. It closes at midnight most days and 11pm on Sundays, but you can get food at the other bars 24/7.


Looked nice and clean, as they should do in a newly refurbished casino. The toilets near the main entrance were a bit sticky, just as you’d find in a nightclub - perhaps one of the drawbacks of an open-door policy in a busy place like Leicester Square.


The Hippodrome manager informed us that he employed 213 croupiers, which gives you a feel for the scale of this operation, then followed up by saying he'd like to take on another 5 to 10! All the croupiers we dealt with were polite and informed and not afraid to have a joke or two with the players – that atmosphere then pervades amongst the players themselves and lends itself to a relaxed playing experience. Perhaps the best compliment we could pay is to say they seemed like 'real people' or 'one of us' rather than staff doing a job or haughty dealer automatons.

The bar staff and waiters/waitresses were also friendly and helpful, again not afraid to suggest a different drink (try the Snuggle Rug at the main bar!) or what they thought was tasty on the menu.

Loyalty Programme

Hippodrome Friends is the loyalty programme. You can start earning points immediately without ID (remember it is an open-door casino) with a Red card. You can upgrade to a Gold card by providing photo ID. Hand your card to the croupier/dealer before you play to earn your points. You also earn points on slots, bar and restaurant purchases and theatre tickets.

Points can be exchanged for gifts such as retail vouchers, iPhones, perfumes and even computers in the Gold Room reception area.

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   Great Casino

Such a great casino! I was there a couple of weeks ago, my first time in a casino. I hadn't a clue what to do at the roulette table but the croupier was really helpful. Food and drink were also delicious (but very expensive!)

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20140212100929 5 10

   Altogether a great casino!

The Hippodrome casino, located just 2 mins walk from the Leicester square station is one of the most happening casinos in London. It offers not just a wide variety of games that are well spread across floors, but also offers some very good restaurants and bars inside. The prices are not steep as compared to central London standards. Also, their gaming sections are well spread across floors and one can choose the level and range of betting as well. The casino also has ATM machines inside, but the cash withdrawal includes a small fee charge.

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20140224042447 5 4

   Amazing refurb

The refurbishment they did on the interior a few years ago is incredible, they really restored the building to it's former glory.

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20151208071439 5 2


Great place to gamble, amazing atmosphere ruined by one very rude security man. Still, me and my friends had a lot of fun, spent some money. Will be back for sure, hopefully wont see the mentioned guy. Get rid of him Hippodrome!!

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