The epitome of upper class London, Mayfair is one of the world’s most expensive districts, and most luxurious places to live.
An affluent district of Central London in the West End, it’s been the playground of the British aristocracy since the 18th century, today with high end shops, restaurants, and luxury hotels on prime monopoly real estate like Park Lane.
While living in Mayfair may be out of reach for the majority of us, travelers can get a taste of the rich and famous lifestyle by dressing in your best upper class attire (pro tip – most suit bags fold in half so you can store it in the plane’s overhead compartment and rock up looking sharp), and hitting up the following casinos.
The Palm Beach Casino
The Palm Beach Casino is well known throughout London as a safe bet for a great night out. It’s been an iconic venue for more than 50 years, and while it feels exclusive, membership is free.
Head over from 12 pm to 5 am, 7 days a week and you’ll find London’s most luxurious gaming floor; there are slots, tables, and high stakes games if you’re hoping to channel your inner James Bond.
Or, if you want to soak up the atmosphere without gaming, you can order a martini shaken, not stirred, at the lounge bar. Open from 9pm – 4am, Wednesday – Sunday, the bar is a luxurious place to hang out, and the drinks are priced pretty reasonably, especially during happy hour(s). There’s also music on Friday and Saturday nights.
There is no dress code on the casino floor, and they even host lessons for beginners in roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and other card games. It has a specific reputation for its variants of poker games and not long ago, it hosted a World Poker Tour.
Park Lane Club
Another option for Mayfair Casinos is Park Lane Club, though this is a private members club, so you would have to fill out an application and pay membership fees ahead of time.
If you value gaming in one of the most famous and glamorous locations in London though, it’s well worth the effort – inside you’ll play below crystal ceilings, in a building which is famous for its architectural grandeur.
Inside there are popular casino games, and 20 slot machines that are all linked to progressive jackpots (some of the casino’s slots have made several millionaires).
A full range of classic games like American Roulette, Electronic Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, and Three Card Poker are on offer, and there’s a terrace for an outdoor gaming experience with views over Hyde Park (if you’re a non-smoker, it’s worth noting that this is where members enjoy Cuban cigars).
GamStop players often visit this casino as it’s not blocked by online self-exclusion. The scheme “SENSE” covers it but doesn’t cover the following non GamStop casino websites in the United Kingdom as well.
The casino is open 24 hours, and the terrace broadcasts live sports events 24/7.
Crockfords Genting Casino
One of the most historic casinos in the country, Crockfords Genting is a private casino club established in 1828 by William Crockford. And it’s still operating in the same Victorian era building today.
Historically, this club was a favorite among royalty, diplomats, and the aristocratic elite, and today the club maintains the elegance it became so well known for. There are large gaming areas with both public and private rooms, and a variety of popular games including Blackjack, American Roulette, Baccarat, and Poker.
High-rollers and VIPs can access the private high-limit areas called the London Room and the Penthouse Suites, which offer direct access to smoking balconies on the rooftop.
The casino is open daily from 12 pm to 6 am, though unlike other physical casinos, there is a strict dress code; both men and women are required to wear formal attire.
The Clermont Club is famous for combining old world glamor with new world gaming. It’s one of the most famous private gaming clubs in Europe, at 44 Berkeley Square.
The interiors here are all about pomp and luxury; it was built to offer British aristocrats and celebrities an experience that they couldn’t find at other land based casinos.
The club closed in March 2018, though recently reopened with a new owner. It has been renovated and while the original architecture of the building remains, the interiors now have a contemporary Asian flair.
Open every day from 3 pm to 6 am, highly-trained dealers operate a wide range of games throughout the historic Club Room, Pavilion Rooms, and the smoking terrace. You can play Baccarat, Blackjack, Slots & electronic gaming, Punto Banco, and Roulette.
There are also private gaming tables in the Holland Room and The Library and a restaurant called the Grand Salon with a modern European menu for members. You dine under a stunning neo-classical ornate ceiling, and the experience of course includes an extensive list of wines and whiskies; there is a cigar and wine tasting room with more than 700 bottles to choose from.