Hippodrome is an archaic word that refers to places that host Horse races and other equestrian events. The London Hippodrome is a cornerstone of West End life. It’s the most prominent and busiest casino in the UK. It was opened in 1900 and initially built for circus and variety performances, and it hosted the first official jazz gig in the United Kingdom by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1919.
Since then, it has been demolished and refurbished and changed owners. However, one of the most notable transformations was it being converted into a nightclub called The Talk of the Town.
It featured many famous artists of the time like Diana Ross and the Supremes, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Petula Clark, Cliff Richard and dozens more. Harry Houdini performed some of his final and most spectacular shows at The Hippodrome. It is a UK landmark and a top land-based and online casino.
The Hippodrome Casino
In 2009 The Hippodrome was bought by Leicester born father and son businessmen, Jimmy and Simon Thomas. To fund the £40 million renovations and restorations they sold a number of their Bingo Halls.
The Hippodrome Casino opened its doors in 2012 and included five gaming floors and three different casinos. It also included the Gold Room Casino in the basement with direct access to Chinatown. The Hippodrome has the broadest range of world-class casino tables, electronic games, slots and Poker Facilities.
There is the Grand Casino, the Poker Deck and the Macau Lounge on the first floor and Lola’s Casino on the ground floor with the only back to back craps tables combined with music and entertainment. On the third floor is the Cranbourne Club, ideal for those looking for a quieter gaming environment. In 2013 it was awarded Best Land-Based casino at the Totally Games Awards and won Best European Operator 2013 plus Casino of the Year 2013.