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Entertainment & Hospitality Lighting Projects

The Hippodrome Casino

The Hippodrome Casino is far more than just a casino - it's an unmissable experience, right in the heart of London's Westminster district. Formerly the Hippodrome Theatre, the iconic building was extensively renovated, and reopened for business in 2012.

Jimmy and Simon Thomas, the father and son team responsible, spent more than £40 million and took over 36 months to realize their dream project: the UK's first international-style casino.

The Hippodrome Casino offers 45 live tables and slot machines, five bars, a smoking terrace and a fabulous steak house restaurant. In keeping with its theatrical roots, it also has a cabaret theater, which is home to Soho Burlesque and Boom and Bang Circus. The place buzzes with life, entertainment and glamour.

The Hippodrome were looking for a lighting system for the casino's bar area. It naturally needed to look amazing, and it also had to provide 100% reliable, efficient operation round the clock. UFO were brought in by lighting design consultancy into to create and supply a bespoke lighting system. UFO products were a major component of the design, as our fiber optic lighting has a long service life and needs very little maintenance.

Our crystal fittings really came into their own in the glass blocks installed over and in front of the bar areas. These were made from the highest quality European cut crystal, to give the beautiful sparkle you can see in the images. Fiber optics give this imposing venue a wonderful feeling of opulence and glamour, adding to the buzz and excitement of the experience.

Images courtesy of Area Sq, PokerStars and The Hippodrome Casino


London, England


Commercial, Decorative Lighting



 Products used

Ground Floor Bar: 2 x 150W metal halide illuminators with color, twinkle and dimming, feed a 240 tail harness of 2mm PMMA fiber and a 220 tails harness of 1.5mm PMMA fiber.
First Floor Bar: 4 x 150W metal halide illuminators with color, twinkle and dimming, feed 4 x 155 tail harnesses of 2mm PMMA fiber.
Both floors: CR1 crystal fittings - 1080 in total.

 Date completed