Attention, anglophiles. London’s calling… from Macao.
The famed Asian gambling hotspot is upping the ante in the giant replicas game with soon-to-open The Londoner, a mega resort project of Sands China costing two billion dollars.
Recreations of famous global icons have long been a common sight in Macao and Las Vegas, from the bright lights of the “Eiffel Tower” at The Parisian Macao and Paris Las Vegas, to versions of Venice’s Grand Canal at The Venetian resorts in both cities.
In the case of The Londoner, its exterior will feature a massive replica of the UK Houses of Parliament and a life-size 96-meter Elizabeth Tower (which most of us know as “Big Ben”).
The first phase of the development is due to open in early February and will include 600 luxury suites of The Londoner Hotel. The Houses of Parliament façade, Big Ben, and the 14 “Suites by David Beckham” on the top two floors, however, won’t open till later in 2021.