Poker, slot machines and table games, with great views of the Olympic Stadium from the Sky Bar at this 24-hour venue. www.aspersstratford.co.uk. Westfield Stratford City, Montifichet Rd, Olympic Park, E20 1EJ. T: 020-8536 5630. Off map. Station: Stratford.
The Casino at the Empire
There is a dedicated poker room and the latest table and electronic games at this spectacular venue, housing a contemporary Asian restaurant and several bars. www.thecasinolsq.com. 5- 6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA. T: 020-3733 1315. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Grosvenor Gloucester Casino
A vibrant and friendly casino offering a wide choice of gaming facilities, plus a late-night bar and relaxed restaurant. Open 24 hours. www.grosvenorcasinos.com. 4-18 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4LJ. T: 020-7373 7134. G4. Station: Gloucester Road.
This landmark venue has fabulous gaming on three floors, plus the 150-seat Heliot Steak House. Food is served around the clock. There is The Late Jazz Jam (every Thur from 11pm). www.hippodromecasino.com. Cranbourn St, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH. T: 020-7769 8888. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
The Sportsman Casino
This club combines the best in traditional and electronic gaming, informal dining, a sophisticated poker lounge, a sports bar and an elegant restaurant. Smart dress; complimentary membership. www.thesportsmancasino.com. Old Quebec St, W1H 7AF. T: 020-3642 8531. D6. Station: Marble Arch.
The 100 Club
Famous basement live music venue with diverse performers; in the past these have included The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters and Paul Weller. The emphasis today is on rock and blues bands, with DJ nights. www.the100club.co.uk. 100 Oxford St, W1D 1LL. T: 020-7636 0933. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
A relaxed members’ jazz cellar and restaurant, which has been run by musician Steve Rubie for more than 30 years. The venue specialises in British-based artists, playing blues, r’n’b and soul. There is also a restaurant that serves great food. www.606club.co.uk. 90 Lots Rd, SW10 0QD. T: 020-7352 5953. Off map. Station: Fulham Broadway.
The Blues Kitchen
This busy music venue stages blues, soul and jazz music most nights, plus a DJ at weekends. There are more than 80 varieties of bourbon and rye, plus Cajun comfort food, on offer. www.theblueskitchen.com. 111 Camden High St, NW1 7JN. T: 020-7387 5277. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
Part restaurant, part bar and lots of live entertainment, this new Covent Garden venue has all the makings of a theatrical night out. Enjoy Italian cuisine as you watch the live cabaret acts. If you are with a group, ask for the Disaronno Boat, which is shaped like a speedboat and seats up to 10 guests. www.bungabunga-london.com. 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG. T: 020-7590 3602. D8. Station: Holborn.
The Comedy Store
One of the country’s best and most famous venues for stand-up and improvised comedy, where many of Britain’s comedians made their mark. The Comedy Store Players (Sun) sees the likes of Paul Merton and Neil Mullarkey, plus there are regular stand-up nights and late-night shows. www.the comedystore.co.uk. 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE. T: 0844- 871 7699. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
This award-winning bijou acoustic venue behind the Foundry restaurant enjoys a variety of live music most nights, ranging from classical and folk to traditional Indian and jazz. The upstairs restaurant serves Latin American street food. www.forgevenue.org. 3-7 Delancey St, NW1 7NL. T: 020-7383 7808. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
London Cabaret Club
Cabaret gets a modern twist at this unique club within the Bloomsbury Ballroom. ‘Best of British Pop’ is packed with chart-toppers from the 1960s to the present day, fusing dance, acrobatics and theatre on stage. Dinner and VIP tickets available. www.thelondoncabaretclub.com. Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA. T: 020-7242 0002. D8. Station: Holborn.
The world-famous jazz venue has hosted top musicians for more than 50 years including Ella Fitzgerald, Prince and Miles Davis (see p. 53 for full listings). The venue also includes a bar and restaurant. The weekly Sunday Jazz lunch has no minimum age, which makes it good for families. Live acts every night, plus Sat and Sun lunchtimes. Look out for more intimate gigs upstairs every Wed. Reservations highly recommended. www.ronniescotts.co.uk. 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. D7. Station: Tottenham Court Road.
Stringfellows Gentleman’s Club
Over the years, celebrities and the public have enjoyed a memorable evening of entertainment supplied by ‘Angels’ dancing at their tables. Free entry when dining. www.stringfellows.com. 16-19 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9EF. T: 0207240 5534. E8. Station: Leicester Square.