REVIEW: Lola’s Underground Casino (The Hippodrome Casino)

Lola’s Underground Casino is downstairs in a hide-away style speak easy bar inside The Hippodrome Casino in London’s Leicester Square.

The well sized room hosts a stage, full bar, and of course some casino favourite gambling tables. Now I feel it is important to note I am not advertising gambling here but rather the performances held by a wonderful selection of artists. Each performed in from of a huge floor to ceiled HD WALL which aided each performance, quite a spectacle.

The evening performances were set into three categories which play throughout the week, although on this night we had a showcase of all three; Casio, Circus and James Bond. There really was something for everyone; singing, hoop, juggling (of sorts) ‘freak’ show-esq dancing and much more.

It was lovely to read up about the nature of the bar too, and who Lola was. Lola was a performer at the Casino who one day vanished – no doorman, college or member of the public saw her leave. Dont worry, this was a while ago – but this air of mystery really helps transport you away from the busy London setting and throws you back to around the 1930s.

Performances run from Wednesday to Friday on the hour from 8pm to midnight. No reservations or tickets required, but ID and being 18+ is a must.

Reviewed by Benjamin Martin


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