"Great spot for a bit of late night debauchery, as well as the possibility of thinning out your wallet"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
The Hippodrome’s most recent incarnation is a Las Vegas-style entertainment palace with gambling on three floors, an auditorium hosting cabaret and live music, several bars and a steak house, all under one roof.
Where Vegas casinos tend to be so spacious they require travelators to get around (with the obvious benefit of leading punters to stop off at as many tables as possible), being a London casino the Hippodrome is a little more cramped, particularly on the Saturday night we visit, when we needed to fight for space at the roulette table. No matter, we still managed to lose all the money we gambled, unsurprisingly. There are also card games like poker and baccarat, slot machines and pai gow, a Chinese domino game.
The venue re-opened in 2012 after a five year long refurb, after stints as a nightclub and live music venue; its original purpose when it opened in 1900 was to be a circus and variety theatre.
Today Heliot Steak Houseoverlooks the main casino floor, while in the basement is Lola’s, another room of gambling with girls dancing in cages, with a cocktail bar open till 6 am.
As a music venue the Hippodrome hosted Stevie Wonder, Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey over the years; nowadays there’s burlesque or jazz on most nights. Tonight Mitch Winehouse is performing in the intimate auditorium, with profits from ticket sales going towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation. He performs Sinatra standards and ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, which becomes the ‘The Girl From Stepney High Street’ much to the amusement of a captive audience largely composed of women.
Given that it’s open 24 hours a day the Hippodrome a great spot for a bit of late night debauchery, as well as the possibility of thinning out your wallet considerably.
Leila reviewed The Hippodrome Casino on Sun 28 Sep 2014