Review written by Sophie Couard, February 8, 2016.
The Aspers Casino in Westfield Stratford opened in December 2011 in the eastern suburbs of London, and it is becoming the largest gambling establishment in Europe. The casino can be reached by the London Overground. It is definitely a place that deserves to be discovered, especially as it is on the third floor of the largest shopping centre of the continent. The shopping centre has no less than 325 shops, a multiplex with 14 3D cinemas, bowling lanes and three hotels (Holiday Inn, Staybridge and Premier Inn) with a total of 617 rooms and suites.
A casino of over 6.000 m²
Although the establishment also has two bars and a restaurant, it is still first and foremost a huge casino that is open 24/7. First, I will write about the casino. It is spread over two floors, and the actual game space extends over more than 6,000 m². The games are accessible to all adults over 18 years, and although it is a non-smoking establishment it has two terraces for smokers.
The slot machines
There are over 150 slot machines in total, and among them are :
- slot games with progressive jackpots,
- traditional mechanical slot machines with 3 reels,
- modern video slot machines with 5 reels,
- video poker,
- electronic roulette and punto banco games.
The games are mostly from the developers IGT and Novomatic. There are also some WMS slots and even one or two slots from Aristocrat.
The table games
The traditional table game selection offers you many different games on over 40 tables :
- English and American roulette,
- punto banco,
- casino war,
- 3 card poker,
- wheel of fortune.
The poker room is very impressive and can accommodate up to 150 people. The casino regularly organises Texas Hold'em and Omaha tournaments with blinds from £1 / £2.
There is even an area for sports betting. It offers multiple terminals to make bets and huge HD screens where you can follow the competitions.
A restaurant and two bars
Playing at the casino is a very pleasant and thrilling experience. Nevertheless, it may sometimes be necessary to take a break, and in that regard the casino offers everything you need, as you can dine and have a drink in a restaurant or two bars.
The Clary's Restaurant
The Clary's Restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 3 am, on Saturdays from 12 pm to 3 am, and Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm. It offers a fine selection of burgers, meat and fish. There is also a half dozen Chinese specialties, as well as a special menu for vegans and a set menu for £9.95 for lunch on Sunday afternoons.
The Sky Bar
The Sky Bar is an original combination of modern design and traditional comfort, and it has comfortable sofas that we suggest you try. We must admit that this place is very nice, and ideal for relaxing, enjoying the beautiful view from the terrace or simply to enjoy a drink with friends. The bar offers a wide range of cold beers, cocktails, carefully selected wines and Champagnes. There is also a snack menu with smaller food dishes. The icing on the cake: there are also regular music events, from jazz to soul, and funk to disco. This means that you can also dance a bit on the dance floor.
The Tanzibar has 27 screens showing live sporting events from around the globe and it offers an elegant atmosphere. You can try various drinks, eat sandwiches and cakes, and enjoy the particularly comfortable seats.
A great atmosphere in a great location
It is great to read all these different descriptions of what the place has to offer, but in the end, some readers may wonder what the atmosphere is like in the Aspers Casino in Westfield Stratford. Well, rest assured: it is very nice. It is both relaxed and lively, and you can spend some quality time when you are playing, or when you are just visiting for a meal or a drink.
The staff are also very attentive. The establishment is kept clean and seems very well run. As it is very spacious and well designed, I do not see anything wrong with it in this regard either. In short, it will not feel too cramped when you play there.
I also appreciate the location. Although it is right in London, it would have been better if there was more to do in the surrounding area, however, the huge shopping centre is still very impressive. You can find shops, restaurants, bars and a nightclub.
In conclusion, I can say that I do not have anything bad to say about the Aspers Casino in Westfield Stratford. Better yet, I like that everything is very good, except maybe the restaurant which is not really bad, but also not exceptional. Otherwise, the atmosphere is excellent and the variety of games lives up to our expectations as well. I think it is one of the best spots in England and probably also all over Europe if you want to spend a fun night, party and play at the casino!