A Gentleman’s Guide to London Casinos.
London is a hotbed of elegance and style, with some of the most fashionable locations anywhere else in the United Kingdom.
Whether it is luxurious restaurants, opulent shopping experiences or the absolute best of the capital’s nightlife, London is the place to be if you want to emerge yourself in style. It is also well known for its thriving casino scene, with plenty of options for the discerning gamer who wishes to while away the hours around gaming tables.
Officially, the Clermont Club was the first establishment to be granted a license when gaming was legalised in London in the early 1960s. It opened in 1962 and attracted celebrities of the day such as Princess Margaret, Roger Moore and Peter Sellers. Situated in Berkeley Square, it is still one of the best casinos in London and it is where we start our round up of the gaming establishments gentlemen should really be seen in.
44 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 5AR
The original location for gaming in London’s swinging sixties, it was opened by John Aspinall whose empire still has a grasp on London today. The company he founded runs Aspers, the biggest casino in London, but for exclusivity and prestige, then the refurbished Clermont Club will be the place to be seen. It has a summer 2020 opening planned after being acquired by Mayfair Casinos and promises to bring state-of-the-art luxury to the exciting London scene.
5 Hamilton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 7ED
Since it relocated to Park Lane in the 1950s, Les Ambassadeurs has been regarded as the pinnacle of class within the casino industry. It plays host to some of the most exclusive poker tables in the capital and boasts a superb restaurant to back up the gaming.
It has also featured in films; the Beatles filmed some of A Hard Day’s Night there, with scenes from Dr No also taking place within the elegantly refurbished London town house.
The Grosvenor Casino
3-4 Coventry St, West End, London W1D 6BL
There are several Grosvenor casinos across London, including Russell Square, The Park Tower and the one we have opted for, The Rialto. It is based on Coventry Street and was once a cinema, but now houses an opulent and exclusive casino experience. The Grosvenor Casino is owned by The Rank Group, which is “one of the most prestigious casino groups operating in the UK today”, making it the perfect place for the London gentleman to be seen.
The Rialto was recently fully refurbished and boasts a sweeping staircase to a mezzanine level above the gaming tables, which offers a great place to relax and eat. They have fused a classic building with the best of modern gaming right in the heart of London’s West End.
150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BS
The Ritz in Piccadilly is a casino that is dripping in elegance. With an award-winning restaurant for those feeling peckish, this lavishly decorated Victorian building is the height of class. Forbes reports that it has recently changed hands for up to £1bn which is an indication of its standing not only within the casino scene, but popular London culture. It is now in the hands of an unnamed Qatari investor after being sold by the Barclay family.
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