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London Casinos - Are they like in the USA?

London Casinos - Are they like in the USA?

May 18th, 2000, 02:54 PM
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London Casinos - Are they like in the USA?

Are the casinos is London like the ones in the USA? What can I expect to be different? How late are they open and are they easy to find?
May 18th, 2000, 04:06 PM
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Hi Miz. I can't speak to London casinos specifically, but I have been to several casinos in other parts of Europe, Germany, Austria, Monaco and in my experience I found them to be very much more of a formal affair then in say, Vegas, people dressed very up! Not tuxedo's but suits and ties on men, dresses and heels on woman. In Europe (which tends to be more formal anyway) casinos were in lovely buildings with artwork and marble floors, very classy. I wore a floor length velvet dress and fit right in (that was at the Monte Carlo however and thats a bit more posh than other places I would imagine) Still, it's a lot less noisy, showey or gaudy then Atlantic City, Native American Casinos or Vegas. I would guess the same is true for casinos in London. And while they had some slots (a very few) roulette, bacarrat(sp?) and such things seemed to be the preferred method to loosing money. In terms of hours, London has very different hours than the rest of Europe so you might want to check in advance, but generally don't expect the 24 hour gambling that goes on in Vegas, and most of the casionos advertise on tourist brochures that you pick at Tourist Information places so I don't imagine it would be that difficult to find them if you are looking.Good Luck
May 19th, 2000, 01:04 AM
Anastasia Watkinson
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Hi...London casinos, well, I have experience of one near Grosvenor Square. Not like Vegas, but more like Monte Carlo... very upscale. This one, and quite a few, from what I gather, is members only.

I know of some others around the UK that are open to anyone. They tend to be dark, and in my opinion, somewhat seedy places. They are open quite late. I would ask your hotel to recommend one to you - I am certain there's bound to be one in London that would meet your needs.

Sorry I can't be of more help...


May 19th, 2000, 03:00 AM
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All casinos in London are members-only and they need 24 hours to process your application- varying fees apply but some (e.g. the Grosvenor clubs) are free to join. Generally they are open from 2pm to 4am although the Victoria Casino I believe is open from 12.30pm.
They are much smaller than Vegas or Atlantic city casinos- 10-15 tables total is not uncommon, they are not mega-entertainment centres as in the US, have much fewer slot machines and hence are a lot quieter. They do have dress codes so you should check with the particular casino. There is a British Casino Association which lists phone numbers and addresses-a simple web search should throw up the url. Good luck!
May 19th, 2000, 04:33 AM
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London casinos have a rep for being, er, not quite as fair as Las Vegas casinos.
Go for fun, not serious gaming.
May 19th, 2000, 05:15 AM
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There is a film currently out called "Croupier" which takes place almost entirely in a London casino. I don't know whether the casino atmosphere in the film is typical, but almost all the players in the film looked well-dressed and well-off.
May 19th, 2000, 06:18 AM
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Not sure about London, but casinos in Germany have a strict dress code, i.e., coat and tie for the men.
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