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Hippodrome Casino London

About the Hippodrome Casino

The Hippodrome Casino, formerly London Hippodrome, is one of London's only surviving 20th century music halls. First opening in 1900, it was known for variety and circus performances. In 1909, architect Frank Matcham - the brains behind the London Palladium and Hackney Empire - reconstructed the Hippodrome for theatrical performances, and it hosted the English premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake in 1910. 

The Hippodrome became a popular nightlife spot between 1958 and 1982 as The Talk of the Town, with artists such as Judy Garland, Tom Jones and Ella Fitzgerald performing for the crowds. The original interior was demolished and converted to suit this new function. 

Since the 1980s, the Hippodrome has passed through various management and periods of closure, but in the 2000s enjoyed renewed success as a cabaret and burlesque venue. Most notable was Olivier Award-winning cabaret La Clique, which played between October 2008 and June 2009. 

After La Clique closed, entrepreneurs Jimmy and Simon Thomas bought the Hippodrome, and restored it to Matcham’s original designs. In 2012 it reopened as Hippodrome Casino, a multi-use venue with bars, casino, gaming and restaurants. The Matcham Room is now the home of Magic Mike Live, a dance and variety show based on the hit film franchise.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office is open for ticket collection and general enquiries from 12 noon - 6pm on performance days, and 3pm - 6pm on Sunday performance days. It is located inside the venue, via the Cranbourn Street entrance. Ticket collection is available from 12 noon, and we recommend patrons collect their tickets early to avoid queues. When picking up your tickets, please ensure you bring your confirmation email and ID.
The casino is open 24 hours a day throughout the year, except for Christmas Day. Visitors for Magic Mike Live can enjoy other attractions in the complex at any time. 

It is advised that you arrive up to an hour before the performance, and take your seat 15 minutes beforehand so you don’t miss the start.
The venue has a variety of bars and eateries. For pre-theatre dining, the Heliot Steak House is next to Magic Mike Live on the first floor and can be booked ahead of your visit. 

There are eight bars across the casino. The Boozy Tea Room, created by the team behind Magic Mike Live, is open from 5pm for pre-show cocktails and refreshments; a reservation is recommended. Drinks purchased inside can be taken into the theatre, and drinks can also be ordered during the performance with at-seat service.
All visitors to the venue, including at Magic Mike Live, must be over the age of 18. Upon arrival you will be asked to provide ID, so please ensure you bring this with you. If you are unable to provide proof of age, you may not be admitted to the venue.
There is no dress code and patrons should wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for the season. Across the wider casino complex, some visitors like to dress in smart-casual attire for the occasion, but this is down to personal choice.
A complimentary cloakroom is available at the venue for coats and small bags. If you have large bags or suitcases with you, it is best to store these elsewhere ahead of your visit. Stasher offers storage for £5 per bag, per day at various locations nearby. Visit their website or app for more information.
Yes. There is air-conditioning throughout the building for the comfort of visitors and audiences.
The venue's central location, just a short walk from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Soho, makes it ideally located for a range of food and drinks venues. In nearby Chinatown, Baoziinn Romilly Street is a popular spot for Northern Chinese street food, and on the corner of Cranbourn Street, Brewmaster serves craft beers and burgers. For a high-end dining experience, Savoy Grill on The Strand is a popular choice.
The 5-star, internationally acclaimed Savoy Hotel is nearby, and is perfect for adding the finishing touch to a special weekend in London and the West End. There are also various mid-range and budget options including boutique hotel The Resident in Covent Garden, and hub by Premier Inn.
The box office can be contacted directly on 0207 769 8888 or box.office@hippodromecasino.com.
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