You can play pretty much every casino game online these days, but the UK’s land-based casino industry is still booming. After all, online casino games are great, but nothing quite replicates the buzz of playing at a brick and mortar casino. Luckily, UK casino players have plenty of great casinos to choose from – let’s take a look at the best of the best.

Aspers Casino, London

  • Address: Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City, 312 The Loft, Montfichet Road Olympic Park, London, E20 1ET
  • Contact: 020 8536 5630, Enquiry Form
  • Opening times: 24 hours

Aspers operates four land-based casinos across the UK, but its Stratford site is definitely number one. It proudly holds the title of the largest casino floor in the country, and offers over 150 slot machines and table games, in addition to the UK’s biggest poker room. As well as all the casino classics, Aspers casino-goers can try their hand at Casino War and Super Wheel, so there’s a whole range of games to choose from. With a restaurant, several bars, live entertainment, and its location slap bang in the middle of Westfield shopping centre, Aspers provides a complete casino entertainment package.

Genting International Casino, Birmingham

  • Address: Genting International Casino, Resorts World Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Birmingham, B40 1PU
  • Contact: 0121 273 1100, Enquiry Form
  • Opening times: Electronic gaming 24 hours,  tables  12 pm – 6 am

Located in Birmingham’s Resort World, Genting International Casino is a premier gambling destination. The casino hosts 27 tables consisting of roulette, blackjack, baccarat and several poker variants, plus over 100 slot machines. It also offers the first electronic gaming room outside of London, where players can enjoy the likes of roulette and baccarat at their own pace. There’s even a covered outdoor gaming area, as well as a dedicated high stakes section for big budget players. It’s also the UK’s first resort casino, which means those looking for a gambling-filled weekend away can stay at the four-star Genting Hotel.

Hippodrome Casino, London

  • Address: Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square,  London, WC2H 7JH
  • Contact: 0207 769 8848, info@hippodromecasino.com
  • Opening times: 24 hours

A famous casino in London’s West End, the Hippodrome has three separate casino floors, with a selection of livelier and quieter atmospheres to suit players of different preferences. Players can mix it up a bit with games like Casino War, Dice and pai gow, or try their luck at the UK’s only back-to-back craps table pit. The top level is a dedicated poker floor hosted by PokerStars, which hosts regular tournaments and is home to live poker tours. Named Best European Casino Operator at the 2015 International Gaming Awards, gamblers are sure to enjoy the Hippodrome. There’s even an award-winning steakhouse inside if you’re looking for a bite to eat!

Les Croupiers Casino, Cardiff

  • Address: Les Croupiers Casino, Capital Retail Park, Leckwith Road, Cardiff, CF11 8EG
  • Contact: 029 2038 2810, Enquiry Form
  • Opening times: 2 pm – 7 am Sunday-Tuesday, 2 pm – 6 am Wednesday-Saturday

Les Croupiers is one of the UK’s largest independent casinos, and it definitely gives the big chain operators a run for their money. Known as ‘The Croups’, Wales’ number one casino covers 20,000 sq/ft and offers all the classics, as well as less common games like mahjong. There’s also a dedicated poker room which can hold up to 200 players at once, and hosts 20 tables including Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, 3/4 Card Irish and 5/7 Card Stud. Sports fans can head over to the multi-screen sports bar, where you can enjoy all the latest action shown on Sky and BT.

Empire Casino, London

  • Address: Empire Casino,  5-6 Leicester Square, London,  WC2H 7NA
  • Contact: 020 3733 1315, info@thecasinolsq.com
  • Opening times: 24 hours

Located just a stone’s throw from the Hippodrome, this Vegas-style casino has got it all. There are over 35 tables to choose from, including roulette, blackjack, baccarat and pai gow, as well as 40 slots and over 80 electronic roulette terminals. VIP players can enjoy high stakes games in the Dragon Lounge, while poker enthusiasts can enter daily tournaments in the poker room. Those looking to take a break from the casino fun can enjoy a view of Leicester Square from the Icon Balcony Bar, sample the lobster at the Fulushou restaurant, or watch NFL games at the Carlsberg Sports Bar.

Rainbow Casino, Birmingham

  • Address: Rainbow Casino, 1 Portland Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham,  B16 9HN
  • Contact: 01214 541 033, Enquiry Form
  • Opening times: 24 hours

The second Birmingham entry on our list, this boutique casino offers something different to its Genting rival across the city. Resembling more a country pub than a casino from the outside, this casino is perfect for those looking for a more relaxed gambling atmosphere. That’s not to say that players miss out on any of the action, though, as you can take your pick from all sorts of games, from blackjack and roulette to mahjong and baccarat. Rainbow Casino offers lessons for all its games, so casino newbies can also get a slice of the action.

Genting Casino, Sheffield

  • Address: Genting Casino,  St Paul’s Place, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PN
  • Contact: 0144 228 8980, Enquiry Form
  • Opening times: 24 hours

Another of Genting’s 43 UK casinos to make the grade, the Sheffield site is one of North England’s best gambling destinations. Like its Birmingham counterpart, Genting Casino Sheffield features classic table games, poker, electronic table games, slots, and linked jackpots, while the Salon Privé lounge provides a more private gambling experience for those looking to bet big. Throw in two restaurants, three bars, live entertainment, club nights and a sports lounge, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this casino.

Maxims Casino Club, London

  • Address: Maxims Casino Club, Palace House, 1a Palace Gate, Kensington, London, W8 5LS
  • Contact: 020 7581 0337, managers@palace-gate.co.uk
  • Opening times: 24 hours

Granted, this one may not be ideal for beginners or casual players, but high rollers can’t go wrong at Maxims. You won’t find any slot machines here – this Kensington establishment is all about high stakes table games. Players can enjoy roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker in any of the three glamorous casino rooms, with private gambling also available. The casino has a restaurant and a whiskey lounge, where you can take your pick from 126 whiskey varieties. Maxims is definitely a top choice for those looking for a more exclusive gambling experience, though you’ll have to sign up for a membership before you can play.

Manchester235

  • Address: Manchester235, Great Northern Warehouse, 2 Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4LP
  • Contact: 0161 826 3176, info@manchester235.com
  • Opening times: 24 hours

If you’re looking for a taste of Las Vegas in the North West of England, Manchester235 is the place for you. This casino has 24 tables for American roulette, blackjack and baccarat, as well as slots and a 12-table poker lounge. There are also 28 electronic roulette machines, all of which are linked to progressive jackpots. This casino is packed full of events, including ladies nights and sports matches, so there’s something for everyone. The James Martin Manchester restaurant is among the country’s best casino eateries, having been named in the Sunday Times 2015 list of the top 100 UK restaurants.

Alea Casino, Glasgow

  • Address: Alea Casino, Springfield Quay, Glasgow, G5 8NP
  • Contact: 0141 555 6100, infoglasgow@aleacasinos.com
  • Opening times: 24 hours

Alea Glasgow is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s prime gambling spots, where players can enjoy slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack and regular poker tournaments. It’s not just casino games on offer, though – there’s also a waterfront restaurant, cocktail bar, sports lounge and regular entertainment events to enjoy. Caesars Entertainment, which runs Alea Glasgow as well as the Empire Casino and Manchester235, has won the IGA award for UK and Europe Gaming Operator of the Year for four consecutive years, so you know you’re in for a treat at these casinos.

So there we have it – the UK’s top land-based casinos. Don’t worry if you’re not local to any of these, though – there are well over 100 casinos across the UK, so there’s never one too far away. Whether you’re playing at online or at a land-based casino, it’s important that you only gamble with licensed brands. You can search the UK Gambling Commission register to find check that a casino is licensed – holding a valid UKGC licence means that casinos are held to high standards when it comes to ensuring player safety and the promotion of responsible gambling to its players.