The best casinos to visit in the UK
There is nothing quite like a night at the casino to make you feel like a glamorous high roller. Excitement, fun, socialising – casinos have all the ingredients for an excellent night on the town. Thankfully, the UK is an amazing place for casinos and boasts a selection of some of the most entertaining, luxurious and large casinos in the world.
Over the course of the last year, most casinos have limited their hours or had to close their doors for weeks at a time. This has made it difficult and at times impossible to have a night out in a casino during the last 12 months. In preparation for a (probable) summer of freedom however, we’ve put together a list of the top casinos across the UK.
Hippodrome Casino, London
The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square is famous for good reason. This glamorous casino is the biggest casino in London and is more of an entertainment complex than casino, as it has several music halls, well-stocked bars and dining options. A full range of card games and slots, live music and entertainment and the amazing location makes a night at the Hippodrome Casino feel like a night in Las Vegas (except, unfortunately, without the balmy Vegas weather). If you are looking for a classic, glamorous London casino experience, the Hippodrome Casino is definitely worth a visit.
Napoleons Casino & Restaurant, Leeds
Napoleons Casino & Restaurant has everything that gamblers want – excellent, active card tables, popular slots, three different kinds of roulette and a lively atmosphere. Aside from the games themselves, Napoleons boasts an elegant restaurant with menus for dinner and late-night dining, with the restaurant overlooking the casino floor. This is definitely a great place to spend an evening, both for gamblers and those who are looking for a new, fun way to spend a night in town.
Alea Casino Glasgow
Alea Casino Glasgow (there is another branch of the Alea Casino in Nottingham) is a dramatic affair that is spread across two floors and features excellent views of the Glasgow skyline and city. This contemporary and chic casino is located on the Glasgow Quay, which makes for a romantic and elegant date night escapade. Gamblers will especially appreciate its lively poker, punto banco and blackjack tables, and everyone – regardless of whether they are gambling or not – will be able to enjoy the romantic views of Glasgow from Alea Casino’s waterfront restaurant.
Empire Casino, London
Empire Casino, like the Hippodrome Casino, is located in the bustling Leicester Square. Empire Casino lacks some of the luxury and glamour of the Hippodrome Casino, but for serious card players, it is the top destination as it has the best poker tables in London. Empire Casino boasts a very lively and fun crowd on the weekends, so for those looking for buzzing nightlife excitement, Empire Casino is the place to be.
Genting Hotel, Birmingham
If you are looking for a truly luxurious getaway or a glamorous night in a casino, the Genting Hotel is an excellent option. The chic, glass-plated hotel is located on Pendigo Lake, with excellent views of the surrounding area. If you have a date or family member who is less interested in gambling than you are, there is no need to fret – the Genting Hotel also features a full-service spa, gourmet restaurant, rooftop pool and leisure club. Genting Hotel is partnered with Resorts World Casinos and as a result, its casino has an impressive 100+ slot machines, High Stakes Area, 40 e-gaming terminals and all the best card tables. For those in the Sheffield area, Genting Casino Sheffield also has a full range of casino games and makes for an excellent night out on the town.
Your living room, across the UK
As mentioned, the restrictions over the last 10 months have pretty handily impeded most plans involving large crowds at indoor events. However, with online casinos, it is possible to have a casino night while staying at home and respecting all public health guidelines.
Online casino sites like CasinoTopsOnline.com and mobile apps have all your favourite card games and slots, conveniently located on your phone. Even though it may not be quite as exciting and glamorous as a night on the town, an evening playing the slots from the comfort of your own living room has its own benefits and can be just as fun. There is a growing number of live-dealer style games being made available that even mimic the in-person feeling of casino nights as closely as possible.
This is just a short selection of the best casinos in the UK – there are many more that should be included, such as the Grosvenor Casino in London, Birmingham’s Rainbow Casino and the famous Edwardian Ritz Club. Once the pandemic is under control and life can return somewhat to normal, you can explore all the best casinos throughout the UK and decide which should be on your personal list of the best casinos in the country.