03 July 2013 | By: Sponsor

Wish The Hippodrome Happy Birthday And Win A VIP Experience For Two

Welcome to The Hippodrome
Welcome to The Hippodrome
Audience in the Matcham Room Theatre
Audience in the Matcham Room Theatre
Cabaret in the Matcham Room Theatre
Cabaret in the Matcham Room Theatre

The historic Hippodrome on Leicester Square opened a year ago following a huge refurbishment. It will celebrate its first birthday in style with a weekend of special entertainment across 12-14 July.

We paid a visit shortly after opening and were pleasantly surprised with what we found. On Friday 12 July we'll be on hand to help get the party started, hosting an after-work Pimms party on the Terrace. Across the weekend, 12 acts will perform in the Matcham Room Theatre, including soul divas Mica Paris and Carleen Anderson, while dozens of circus, magic and burlesque performers will roam the building spreading festival fun. There will be food and drink promotions in the new Heliot Steakhouse, a Rum Shack in the first floor bar and an indoor/outdoor BBQ all weekend on the upper deck of the Terrace.

The weekend will also see the launch of London’s Smallest Theatre located behind a huge window overlooking Leicester Square to entertain the 250,000 people who walk past The Hippodrome daily.

You and your chosen +1 could be a special guest of The Hippodrome and enjoy a VIP visit, including a selection of cocktails in the Heliot Bar, dinner in the Heliot Steakhouse and two tickets to see a show of your choice over the birthday weekend*.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is leave a birthday message in the comments below. We'll pick a winner at random after 5pm on Wednesday 10 July and notify them in the comments.


Whether you win or not, you can join the Londonist crew for Pimms on the Terrace on Friday 12 July from 6pm. RSVP to our Facebook event and find Londonist M@ or Lindsey to get your drink token.

The Hippodrome Casino is on the corner of Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road. Entry is free, walk on in and up the stairs to find us.

Some acts are yet to be announced and there are sure to be some special surprises along the way, keep an eye on the Hippodrome Facebook page for updates. Tickets for performances in the Matcham Room Theatre will be available to buy from the Hippodrome website.

*Terms and conditions: Entrants must be over 18. Only one entry per person. You must be available to take this prize between 12-14 July, reservations subject to availability. Usual Londonist competition policy applies.


Happy 1st birthday Hippodrome! It's amazing how you've transformed the venue from the old fashioned , dilapidated venue it used to be. Wishing you many happy returns and wishing myself luck in this competition or at your tables xx

Dan K

Happy birthday Hippodrome! One of the main Leicester Square attractions now - big transformation.


Hippody Happy Birthday Hippodrome!

Rebecca P

From one July baby to another- Happy Birthday, Hippodrome! I'm devastated that you missed my Birthday yesterday, but you can still make up for it...


Happy birthday. Hope I can join you to celebrate.


Happy Hippo!! :)


Happy first of many birthdays ! You give Leicester square a touch of class ! keep spinning and shuffling till you 101 (or older eek )xxx <3

CN Viet

Happy Birthday Hippodrome. One of the best looking casionos i've seen so far. Keep it up! It is an enrichment for Leicester square


Happy birthday Hippodrome !!! You gave us a classy Leicester Square. In return I wish that you'll become an everlasting emblem for London. Have an amazing birthday bash !!!

Bonnie Britain

Happy Birthday, so so happy to celebrating your birthday, it really is my fav venue, the staff are so lovely and the place is so classy yet relaxed. i feel like i finally have a local- in london after 15 years nd not living near it either ha x

James Jackson

Happy birthday Hippodrome. You complete me!


Hippo Birthdrom! 1st is it! :)


Happy 1st birthday Hippodrome! Beautiful building and architecture, can`t wait to see it inside! :))

Carrie B.

Happy Birthday, Hippodrome!


Hip Hip Hooray!

Myz Lilith

Hippo-bird day!

Jodi Hurley

happy birthday hippodrome, may your next year be the best yet!!
i have never been in a more plush place for a game of cards. great hospitality and real luxury means this is hard to be rivalled in london and possibly europe.

Tracey Allison

Happy Birthday Hippodrome I randomly walked through your doors (all be it slightly drunk) on my birthday in December last year. I think we should spend your birthday together too start a tradition.

Adam Newbould

Happy 1st birthday hippodrome you have had a fantastic year & I wish you all the best for the next one.

Jackie Morgan

Congrats on your first birthday. Have a fab day - not too many 'fizzy' drinks (you are only one after all!) x


Happy birthday!


Happy birthday hippodrome

Richard L

Happy Birthday Hippodrome!! A great night out for many more birthdays to come!


Happy birthday! Hope you continue to provide thrilling entertainment! xx

Bhaven Patel

Happy Birthday Hippodrome! Transformation has worked a treat and truly worthy of the prime location you have - offers something for everyone. I did have jaded memories as a uni student when it was a club, but glad to be creating new ones each time I visit.


Happy Birthday Hippodrome! Shall see you this Saturday to celebrate! X


Happy buffday, would love to join in and celebrate too! xx

J McCarthy

Happy first birthday Hippodrome!! I hope you have a rememberable birthday! Certainly hope you remember your 1st birthday better than I do my own!


Buon compleanno!

Richard B

Happiest of birthdays to my number 1 casino, turning the big number 1! Have a happy Hippodrome time and hope I can join you soon :)


Hippo birdie two ewes

Dany schroeder

All the best to you! Happy birthday and all the best for the future, too!

georgie pope

happy birthday y'all! *luckycatwave* like on the apprentice!


Many happy returns on a fantastic first! You may have got a full new wardrobe a year ago but you know what they say, it's what inside that counts. So hears to many more years of you being full to the brim with quality!

ian d.

Happy birthday Hippodrome! With a wonderful name like that you deserve a new lease on life.


You are hip you are ace
Your open 24/7 what a place
Pop to Heliot & have a meal in stunning surroundings... what a great deal
Drink the cocktails & place your bets, see the wheel spin & hope for the best!
The roof terrace is the place to be or in the Matcham, a great show to see!
Happy 1st Birthday Hippodrome


Happy Birthday to you.....
Happy Birthday to you....
Happy Birthday to the Hippodrome....
Happy Birthday day to yooooooooooooooouuu :) woop woop


Happy Birthday Hippodrome! I wish you Many more stylish and classy birthdays! Hopefully meet U at the tables soon! xx

kar yin ho

happy birthday hippodrome!!!


Keep on rocking Hippodrome!
Happy Birthday! :) :)




Happy Birthday

Pól Ó Géibheannaigh

Happy Birthday Hippodrome - I've speant many a good evening early morning on your terraces. Always good times! :)

James K

Happy Birthday Hippodrome!!! Congratulations on the 1st of many no doubt. Now let's party!!!!!!!!!! :-)


Happy Birthday Chaps! Have a good 'un!


Hipp Hipp Hooray! Happy 1st birthday Hippodrome ;)


Happy Birthday 1st birthday, Hippodrome!!! I'll be organising strippers to jump out of an oversized novelty cake and copious amounts of Moet (a suitable gift for anyone turning 1). Have a blast!

Julia B

Happy first makeover birthday! May it be fun, fun all the way!


Happy 1st Birthday Hippodrome. Lets make it a good one!


Hip Hip Hip Hippo Houra!!!! Happy Hippo Birthday!!!


Happy happy first birthday to the Hippodrome! Spent my own birthday there recently & had an absolute ball drinking Wall Streets until 5am & dancing outrageously. Would recommend it to anyone!

Lindsey Berthoud

Thanks for all your lovely birthday comments - we have now picked a winner. Congratulations Jodi!

Don't forget to drop into the Hippodrome this weekend to join in the celebrations anyway - we'll be there on Friday night.