Guests who wish to be treated like royalty need not look further than the Les Ambassadeurs – a wonderful casino that has, for years, been the favourite of aristocrats and kings.
Les Ambassadeurs was opened during the Second World War. Originally established by John Mills in Hanover Square, the relocation to No. 5 Hamilton Place has made it possible for the club to house and entertain aristocrats, kings, millionaires and politicians alike. Clearly a place fit for the rich and powerful, rumours has it that Les Ambassadeurs had once been the testing ground to “see who could hold their liquor and who spoke freely.”
With such a rich history intertwined with the rich and famous, Les Ambassadeurs has made a name for itself as one of the most exclusive casinos in the world.
Les Ambassadeurs offers American Roulette, Blackjack, Casino Stud Poker and Punto Banco (Baccarat). Les Ambassadeurs also holds poker tournaments.
Les Ambassadeurs stands out from other exclusive London casinos because of its approval of smoking in gaming areas, where the most affluent clients can enjoy a game while smoking their favourite cigars.
Les Ambassadeurs lives up to its name by having the best gaming options, offering traditional games with a modern twist. You can play Black Jack, Roulette, Punto Banco, Slots, Dice, and Electronic Roulette at the casino, and stressed out members can also go to the Smoking Gaming area to help them relax while placing their bets.
The main gaming room offers spectacular views of Hyde Park. Should this prove too distracting, there are two Salles Privées, one with a private dining room. Cheque cashing facility, debit cards, traveller’s cheques and foreign currency are all accepted at the club. Valet parking is available to all members.
The Crown Jewel of Les Ambassadeurs, the Smoking Gaming area is located in their beautiful garden, preserving the ambience and sophistication. There are 6 tables dedicated to Blackjack in the Smoking Gaming room, with bets ranging from £10 to £10000.
If a member isn’t fond of Blackjack, they can play Roulette instead, as the Smoking Gaming room also has 7 tables available, with bets ranging from £5 to £1000. Les Ambassaduers has also introduced a new game called Dice to their portfolio. If a member isn’t familiar with this new and exciting game, the experienced staff members are there to help every step of the way.
The restaurant is open from 12:30 pm to 2:30am during weekdays, while on weekends it is open from 7:30pm to 2:30am, but because the restaurant is open to the public during lunch hours, expect it to be busy. Dinner service, however, is exclusive to club members. The restaurant overlooks a beautiful walled garden where members and their guests can dine throughout the summer months.
The restaurant offers the finest international classics and contemporary favourites, all prepared by well-trained staff and a host of the best chefs in the world. They also offer the best vintage fine wines, if the food doesn’t fill you up, the scenery will. The restaurant’s architectural design will take a member back in time as they enjoy sumptuous meals, all cooked to perfection.
Of course, a prestigious members’ club wouldn’t be complete without a bar. Members have access to excellent wines and beers as well as knowledgeable waiting staff, providing a great atmosphere to meet friends or business associates.
Entertainment and events
During sporting events, the Red Room becomes a genuine sports bar. A member can watch their favourite team here or watch a boxing match with other patrons. However, Les Ambassaduers is more commonly known for its gaming rooms, and the club rarely holds other events.
With the standards being so high because of Les Ambassadeurs’ history, members are expected to dress smart. A Jacket and a tie are the expected attire for men when entering the casino.
Club membership at Les Ambassadeurs is seen as a status symbol, mainly because of the price tag attached. Les Ambassadeurs’ membership options are among the highest in the whole world, as guests who wish to be members of the club must have to shell out £1000 – an amount that only grants them access to the club’s facilities for a week. But if the interest is in staying longer, the business class membership costs a staggering £25000 per annum.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7495 5555
Opening hours: Mo-Su
5 Hamilton Place