The local council for the East London borough that has been the only area in London awarded a license to build a “large” casino, has rubber-stamped plans to build said venue.
Newham Council has given the green light to a project that will mean the inclusion of 65,000 sq ft casino in the Westfield Stratford City shopping and leisure complex. The casino, that will be operated by the Aspers gaming company, will boast a purpose-built 150-seat poker room, 38 gaming tables, 150 slot machines, two bars and an 80-seater restaurant
Michael Gutman, managing director for Westfield in the UK, Europe and new markets said: “The Aspers Casino will be the icing on the cake for our leisure and entertainment offer at Westfield Stratford City. Our Vue cinema at Westfield London is frequently the number one grossing cinema in the UK and the performance of many of our dining outlets are the top performing in the country in their respective groups. This is the first time our extensive entertainment line-up has included a casino.”
The East London centre is to open in September close to the Olympic site. It will include a Vue cinema with 2,832 seats across 14 screens, a 14-lane bowling alley and a 617 hotel rooms across three hotels including a four-star Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and a Premier Inn as well as 50 restaurants.
Newham council was given permission for a large casino in 2007 when the Department for Culture, Media and Sport identified it as a priority destination.