The Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, London

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This highly unusual and challenging project began with a brief to assist The Garden Builders in designing outdoor spaces for a new 3,000 square foot, multi-levelled terrace, bar and rooftop garden for the famous Hippodrome Casino in London's West End Theatre District.

The design needed to take into account the potential huge footfall of customers, coming to eat, drink, socialise and game at this unique venue that offers entertainment 24/7. The solution drew on the Hippodrome's history and architecture to provide a fun and contemporary twist for today's audiences. 

Design skills were tested further as the scope of the brief stretched to bar unit design, then moved indoors to address a third bar space and a new 'Casino in The Gods'. This involved 'trompe-l'oeil' cloud decorations on the ceiling, marbled pillars and quirky gold hanging monkey lights and chandelier.

At the chairman's request, the Victorian gallery boxes were given a 'Jurassic Park' theme, as artificial ferns and trailing vines tumbled over the sides, monkeys (lights) played in the vegetation and real preserved bun moss 'grew' up the walls and pillars.

The fun continues, with a renovation of the Hippodrome's award winning Heliot Steak House underway, with more than a nod to Mme Claire Heliot, the famous lady lion tamer, who would entertain amazed and terrified audiences at the Hippodrome while feeding raw beef to her lions!

Landscape contractors: The Garden Builders

Artificial green walls: Vistafolia

Roof Terrace View
Roof Terrace View

A hidden oasis, in the heart of London's theatre district.

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View towards Hippodrome dome
View towards Hippodrome dome
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5th floor bar 2
5th floor bar 2
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Mirror benches
Mirror benches
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5th floor view 2
5th floor view 2
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5th floor wide view
5th floor wide view
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5th floor view across bar
5th floor view across bar
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5th floor bar view
5th floor bar view
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5th floor mirror benches
5th floor mirror benches
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Trelliswork
Trelliswork
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5th floor bar
5th floor bar
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Internal view from 5th floor
Internal view from 5th floor
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4th and 5th floor view
4th and 5th floor view
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4th floor bar
4th floor bar
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4th floor lounge
4th floor lounge
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3rd floor bar
3rd floor bar
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3rd floor bar seating area
3rd floor bar seating area
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3rd floor bar view
3rd floor bar view
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The Gods view 1
The Gods view 1
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The Gods View 2
The Gods View 2
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Limelight Gallery
Limelight Gallery
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Monkey detail
Monkey detail
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Main theatre view
Main theatre view
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View from theatre floor to The Gods
View from theatre floor to The Gods
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