Heliot Lounge, Bar & Restaurant

The Hippodrome Casino, 10-14 Cranbourn Street, Chinatown, London, WC2H 7JH
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The Hippodrome Casino, 10-14 Cranbourn Street, Chinatown, London, WC2H 7JH

020 7769 8844



Nearest Station
Leicester Square (0.04 miles)


Opening Summary

5pm til late

Restaurant Facilities

Disabled Facilities

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Private Area

On the first floor of The Hippodrome and with spectacular views of the main gaming floor, Heliot is a restaurant for the experience seeker in London. Its soul is defined by the ambience and atmosphere and you can’t fail to notice its energy and glamour.

Open from 5pm daily and operated by The ONE Group, Heliot Restaurant, Bar and Lounge was inspired by the flirtatious and alluring Claire Heliot, famous worldwide for feeding raw meat to lions on stage.

The alluring menu, developed by The ONE Group, Europe Executive Chef Barry Vera, takes inspiration from the building’s heritage and offers something for everyone, including interesting twists on British classics.

The Heliot cocktail bar is the central hub of the casino and the place to meet friends. The penny floor and the feature bar define the space and the extensive drinks list offers everything from American beers to cocktails developed by the renowned mixologist Tony Conigliaro.

Heliot gives the casino a fresh vibe and you definitely shouldn’t leave without a visit to our chic and inviting lounge- a great place to relax.

Two private dining rooms ooze sophistication and are sought after for private dinners and events – call 0207 769 8844 to reserve

All In London Review

Heliot’s USP is eating while you’re watching hundreds of people gamble

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Because it’s under the same roof as the Hippodrome Casino on Leicester Square, it’s tempting to file Heliot Steakhouse under the same category as tourist magnets like the Hard Rock Café. We’re expecting to be surrounded by holidaymakers, but in fact most of the people here seem to be couples on dates.

The steakhouse is named after Claire Heliot, the fearless lion tamer who performed at the Hippodrome in its original incarnation as a variety theatre. Heliot was known to carry one of her lions off stage draped over her shoulders. It’s hard to believe that it was just over a hundred years ago when it was nothing unusual to see lions and bears on a stage. Now instead the entertainment for the diners is the activity of the casino, as tables are arranged along a mezzanine above.

The main focus of the menu are the steaks. Imported from the US, the beef is grain-fed, available in nine different cuts and sizes and is relatively affordable - the most expensive being the 650g T-bone for £29. The rib eye on the bone is fairly good, but the NY strip is a great piece of meat; the pot of bone marrow sauce ordered on the side goes largely untouched as it’s so full of flavour.

The tuna tartare with white radish is very good, even if the cubed bloody mary jelly sprinkled over the top is a little tasteless; the Millionnaire’s Mac & Cheese, with black truffle, a poached egg and oodles of cream and Parmesan is superb. The sweet potato salad with sumac and yoghurt is a bit of a misnomer as it consists of several cold croquettes with a dollop of fairly bland dressing on each one, and we’re not especially wowed by the dessert, a tart filled with a cold, hard wad of chocolate with a little salted caramel and caramelised orange on the side. However overall the meal is enjoyable and there’s something pretty exciting about eating while you’re watching hundreds of people gamble on the gaming floor.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Sep 28, 2014

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