London’s Elite Clermont Club Casino to Reopen in Summer

  • Refurbished facility to include six gambling rooms across three floors, top-floor private gaming
  • Casino closed down in March 2018 due to operating losses incurred in consecutive years
  • Mayfair Casinos Ltd bought club in May 2019 for £23 million, making extensive renovations since
Door plaque of Clermont Club London
The famous Clermont Club casino in London is set to reopen this summer after closing its doors two years ago. [Image:]

Renovated casino to set new standards

The well-known Clermont Club casino in London’s Mayfair is set to reopen in the summer after being closed for the past two years.

six different gambling rooms over three floors and a top-floor area reserved for private gaming

The gambling establishment will house six different gambling rooms over three floors and a top-floor area reserved for private gaming. The newly renovated facility is looking to set new standards in luxury, taste, and hospitality. 

The club owners have set up an extensive recruitment drive in preparation for the summer launch. 

An iconic gambling establishment

The Clermont Club was set up in 1962 by John Aspinall, whose legacy gambling facilities are now under the ownership of Crown Resorts. It was not long before the iconic Mayfair club took off in popularity, catering to a more high-end type of crowd. 

Some of the more notable regular patrons were Britt Ekland, Lord Lucan, and Ian Fleming. Another claim to fame is that it was allegedly the place where private equity investing was invented.

Previous closure of the facility

In March 2018, the Clermont Club shut its doors after suffering operating losses for a number of years. The reason given for the closure was the “competitive business environment.” Operating losses in 2017 amounted to £5m ($6.4m). 

Mayfair Casinos Ltd bought the club in a deal worth £23m

In May 2019, Mayfair Casinos Ltd bought the club in a deal worth £23m ($29.5m). The London operator of land-based casinos already managed Leicester Square’s Horizons Casino at the time.

Following the purchase, the facility underwent extensive renovation work ahead of the upcoming launch.

Changes of ownership over the years

For many years, the Clermont Club was the place to be in London. In 1972, Playboy Enterprises bought the facility from Aspinall. However, the famed media and lifestyle company lost its license in 1982 and had to put the casino up for sale.

Rank Group was the next firm to purchase the facility before going on to sell it in 2006 for £31m ($39.7m). The buyer was BIL International Ltd, a company owned by Malaysian billionaire Quek Leng Chan. The business then changed its name to Guoco Leisure. 

In 2011, Guoco took over complete control of the Rank Group. A couple of years later saw the rise of a new luxury hotel cooperation under the Clermont Club name. 

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