London is a fascinating city seen as a cultural and entertainment hub, and an international financial and business centre both in Europe and throughout the world. Millions of tourists come to England’s capital every year, eager to experience its diversity, history, culture, fine cuisine, and shopping.
Although the average visitor usually sets his or her sight on the metropolis’ World Heritage Sites (such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew), or on other popular attractions (like the London Eye, the British Museum or Madame Tussauds), no trip to the British city would be complete without venturing into the nightlife.
When talking about the British capital, one aspect is usually unnoticed by travellers: the casinos. And it’s an aspect that cannot be easily overlooked, as London houses some of the oldest casinos in the world and has one of the greatest gambling scenes in Europe.
Currently, there are dozens of casinos in London, famous due to their exclusivity, as each has a specific target clientele and unique style. Most of them are located in expensive parts of the city, like Mayfair, Park Lane, and Piccadilly. This explains why they require membership and have strict dress codes for clients.
The Ritz Club
One of the most luxurious and exclusive private member’s clubs in the country, the Ritz Casino is located in the heart of London’s Piccadilly. It exudes opulence and elegance and is famous for its renowned clientele.
There are some things you should know before setting foot in this world-class hotel:
- The casino gaming floor spreads across two levels divided into several rooms: the Main Gaming Salon, the Carmen Room and the Amber Room
- It offers eight Roulette tables, four Blackjack, two Three Card Poker, and five Baccarat tables
- Open for gaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- The dress code is “smart casual”
The Sportsman Casino
Mostly known for its lively poker scene, the Sportsman Casino resembles the high-class casinos of Las Vegas.
Gaming options include Punto Banco, Three Card Poker, American Roulette, Blackjack, and most importantly, slots. Two aspects that should be mentioned are that it’s open only from 12nn-6am every day, and there are no poker tables available at Sportsman.
If you want to visit this exclusive casino, make sure to wear a jacket or a suit, or an evening gown or cocktail dress for women.
The Maxims Casino Club
Frequented by London’s rich and famous, the Maxims is located in a Victorian townhouse in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The guests have access to a wide range of games, including American Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Three Card Poker tables. Electronic Roulette, slots and cash games are also available.
Exclusive gambling has been taken to a whole new level in this casino, as guests are asked to take photo identification and it offers exquisite private poker parties in the dedicated Dickens card room.
Although one of the oldest casinos in town, with a history of over 25 years, the Napoleons has stood the test of time and managed to remain one of the most innovative of the lot.
Visitors can enjoy seven American Roulette tables, five tables of Blackjack, three of Baccarat, and one of Three Card Poker.
It’s situated in the West End in Leicester Square and it also attracts people with an excellent restaurant, with a range of menus including Asian, Western and Grill, not to mention regular promotions and bonuses.
Les Ambassadeurs Casino
This exclusive club is the right choice for you if you want to be treated like royalty. It’s located in a spectacular Georgian mansion in London’s Mayfair area and is one of the few casinos where smoking in the gaming areas is allowed.
Les Ambassadeurs offers a variety of table games like Black Jack, Roulette, Casino Stud Poker, Punto Banco, Slots, Dice, and Electronic Roulette.
Poker fans should know that the casino also holds occasional tournaments for them, and those who want to play for higher stakes can do so in the privacy of the Red Room.