London is the conference capital of the world and there are reasons for that. The exciting, vibrant and dynamic city represents a wealth of opportunities for business owners and executives to meet up, networking and business exchanges. Having the best conference and meeting venues in the world, London is proud itself of welcoming millions of businessmen and travellers from across the ocean to come and grow their businesses.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you are not familiar with the venues and their facilities, even if you do have an executive chauffeur to take you from one place to the next. To help you out, here is a quick breakdown of the most popular London conference venues and what they have to offer.
Olympia London is one of the largest exhibition halls and conference venues in London. It is located between Kensington and Hammersmith, in the upmarket West side of London. It is easily accessible by train on the District and Overground lines to Olympia station. There is a bar, a restaurant and a café on site, as well as additional catering for larger events. There are cash machines located around the building, free WiFi access for delegates and on-site parking for both cars and coaches.
Business Design Centre
The Business Design Centre is a conference and exhibition space which hosts more than 300 different events each year. It is located in the historic former Royal Agricultural Hall, just 10 minutes away from Kings Cross St. Pancras International train station. Its central location means that there are plenty of hotels nearby for delegates to stay in as well as a plethora of bars, restaurants, theatres, museums and cafes in the local area. The venue has WiFi access, a hearing loop, cloakroom, 24-hour security, stationery, onsite parking and access to a loading bay. There is a professional kitchen for large and small-scale catering which caters for delegates who require a kosher or halal meal.
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Old Billingsgate is a popular venue for evening events such as corporate awards dinners. It is located on the River Thames, just opposite HMS Belfast and is therefore easy to get to by car, train and even boat. There are three different events spaces for conferences and exhibitions, and although they are smaller than the large exhibition centres such as Olympia and Excel, they are full of character and steeped in history. Its central location means that there are lots of nearby hotels and restaurants.
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
The Marriott in Grosvenor Square is a large hotel which also caters for conferences and events for up to 1,000 people. There are 15 different event rooms in total, allowing the opportunity to offer break-out rooms for smaller groups of people. The 5-star hotel offers a luxury feel and personal attention, with the added advantage of being able to accommodate executives onsite, cutting down on travel time. Mayfair is an affluent area of London, with designer shops, Michelin-star restaurants and world-class entertainment on the doorstep. It is located in the heart of London, so is easy to reach by car or public transport.
ExCeL London is a large-scale exhibition centre with 2 DLR stations, 22 restaurants, 8 hotels and more than 3,000 parking spaces all located on-site. There is free WiFi available across the whole site, as well as charging stations to keep your phone topped up with battery. This contemporary events centre is located just around the corner from London City Airport, which is extremely convenient for guests flying in from international locations. It is easily accessible from all of the major airports and train stations by both road and rail.
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