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COVID-free version of London opens in Macao

Sands opens $2bn casino resort though travel remains restricted

The facade of what was the Cotai Central resort is being remade to resemble the Palace of Westminster. (Illustration courtesy Sands China)

HONG KONG -- With the real London largely out of reach to tourists amid the U.K.'s coronavirus lockdown and travel curbs due to the country's virulent COVID-19 mutation, Asia is set to get its own version of the British capital on Friday.

The $2 billion Londoner Macao casino resort, due to include everything from David Beckham hotel suites to Scots Guards, a full-size replica of Big Ben and a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, will open its doors to guests.

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