Whether you’re a gambling or a burlesque aficionado, the Hippodrome Casino will be a familiar venue for visitors to the West End. Based on London’s Charing Cross Road, the Hippodrome is the natural destination for poker or roulette players alike. The Hippodrome is also famous for hosting live circus and cabaret events such as Boom & Bang Circus and Magic Mike Live. The London Hippodrome was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1900 as a venue for circus and variety performances, regularly presenting shows featuring animals like horses, elephants and polar bears. By 1909 the venue was reconstructed as a music hall and variety theatre, famously becoming the site of both Swan Lake’s English premiere and the UK’s first ever official jazz concert. The Hippodrome has been refurbished several times since, first being converted to the famous nightclub The Talk of the Town in 1958 then reverting to a nightclub/restaurant under nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow. From 2009 the venue was restored to its original purpose as a casino and entertainment venue, finally reopening in 2012. The Hippodrome now boasts four floors of gaming, six bars, and its famous 180-seat Matcham Room which is the home of the nationally renowned Boom & Bang Circus.