Heliot Restaurant, Bar and Lounge review

Located inside the Hippodrome casino, this one-time circus, then theatre, then nightclub is enjoying its latest incarnation.

With the central arena filled with roulette and black jack tables, banks of TV screens on the walls and massive balls of lights hanging down into the space, it feels like Vegas hit an old English theatre and this is the result. It’s got an edgy vibe, feels fun and young and yet surprisingly sophisticated.

The original circle, upper circle and back stage areas have all now been converted into bars, restaurants and private event spaces. Heliot restaurant sits overlooking the casino floor, its private rooms are more secluded, useful for guests who wish to have a greater degree of discretion, but also with natural daylight as they overlook Leicester Square.

The two rooms Jimmy’s Room and Alma’s Room are in a sense an homage to the Hippodrome’s heritage, with flyers from historical shows framed on the walls. Jimmy’s seats 22, while Alma’s seats 32-34. The rooms, which are interconnecting, have a feminine feel with raspberry pink silk curtains and flower decorations, contrasting the leather studded seats and silver metallic striped wall paper. Jimmy’s is often used for a buffet/bar/pre-drinks area with seating in Alma’s Room.

The lounge feeds off from the bar and boasts huge windows providing great natural light, the room is decked out with grey leather sofas, purple silk curtains, a shiny black piano and low tables. It’s a striking and stylish place, ideal for standing receptions of up to 80 or seated events for around 60-70. But the largest private event space is the Matcham Room – situated behind the theatre curtains, it’s often used as a VIP area during exclusive hires of the whole venue or for stand alone special events. The room has a removable stage and a technician is available 24-7 for any IT/AV support. 8 booths line the outer area and there’s seating in the balcony above. The main floor space is totally flexible but can accommodate up to 150 for standing receptions. Bands can be brought in or events can enjoy the venue’s own shows which cover genres such as Motown, soul and jazz.

There’s no private hire for these rooms, just a minimum spend dependent on which venue and the time of event. A la carte menus are available for parties of up to 15 guests, while private dining room set menus start at £25, with Christmas menus priced at £25 for lunch and £38 for dinner.