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Aspers Casino

Poker, slot ma­chines and ta­ble games, with great views of the Olympic Sta­dium from the Sky Bar at this 24-hour venue.­persstrat­ 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.the­casi­ 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.grosvenor­casi­ 4-18 Har­ring­ton Gar­dens, SW7 4LJ. T: 020-7373 7134. G4. Sta­tion: Glouces­ter Road.

Hip­po­drome Casino

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.hip­po­drome­ 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.thes­ports­man­ 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.the100­ 100 Ox­ford St, W1D 1LL. T: 020-7636 0933. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

606 Club

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. 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.the­ 111 Cam­den High St, NW1 7JN. T: 020-7387 5277. Off map. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town.

Bunga Bunga

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. 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 com­e­dy­s­ 1a Ox­en­don St, SW1Y 4EE. T: 0844- 871 7699. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Forge

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.forgev­ 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.­elon­don­cabaret­ Vic­to­ria House, Blooms­bury Square, WC1B 4DA. T: 020-7242 0002. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Ron­nie Scott’s

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.ron­ni­ 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.stringfel­ 16-19 Up­per St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9EF. T: 0207240 5534. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

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