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[box] The Hippodrome Casino London Finally Opens its doors Friday the 13th of July [/box]

One of the West End‘s most popular landmark buildings is to become a casino and 160-seat cabaret theatre.

The Hippodrome  London Casino in Leicester Square will also include a restaurant run  by a Michelin-starred chef, hospitality lounges and several bars.

The £15million restoration of the Grade-II listed building includes many of the original features, some of which have not been seen for decades. The external refurbishment of the roof and facade has been completed and work on the interior will start next month, with the  building due to open  in 2011.

Original features such as Flemish Renaissance plasterwork, mosaics and ornate balustrades will be refurbished, and even the Roman centurion statues on the roof have been recast.

The Hippodrome was built in 1900 for variety performances and became a cabaret restaurant in the Fifties. It was reinvented as a nightclub in 1983, but has stood empty since October 2005, when its last operator failed to get a new licence.

The casino will be the largest in central London, in a location where 250,000 people pass daily and nearly 39 million use the Underground station each year.

Simon Thomas, chairman of United Leisure Gaming Limited, the company behind the scheme, said: “Our ambition is to return the Hippodrome to its rightful place as one of the country’s leading leisure destinations and, not least, to secure its future as a venue offering live entertainment.

“Although London has many casinos most of these are quite small, often located below ground, and tend to cater only for gambling.”

Source :This Is London

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