Address Les Ambassadeurs Casino 5 Hamilton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 7ED, UK

Les Ambassadeurs Casino was established in 1941 by John Mills, a Polish immigrant, on Hanover Square before moving to Hamilton Place in 1950.

The founder, John Mills, was a 6’3″ colossus with the shoulders of a weightlifter. At the dawn of World War II, the Pole left his homeland for England. Previously a member of a Polish commando unit and an intelligence officer in Portugal, the man founded Les Ambassadeurs Casino.

Nicknamed “The A’s” by its patrons, the establishment was first located in Hanover Square and then in Hamilton Place, the first building having become too small to accommodate all the patrons.

Built in 1810, 5 Hamilton Place was inhabited by aristocrats, the Conynghams, businessman Leopold de Rothschild and Captain Leonard Frank Plugge before being sold to John Mills.

The club was later expanded to include a nightclub and a gaming club, Le Cercle, in 1961. Run by French croupiers, The Times gave it a glowing review after being impressed by its “high level of professionalism and sophistication”.

John Mills ran Les Ambassadeurs until it was sold in 1981 to the London Clubs International group. The establishment will then know various owners until 2017 when Mr. Cho Hung Suen, owner of Birmingham City Football, bought it.

However, you have to be a member, or invited by a member, to enter the establishment. A privilege at a high price.

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