After a shaky start - destroyed by fire 16 days after 'The People's Palace' first opened in 1873 - Alexandra Palace re-opened again two years later becoming the place from where the BBC beamed its first broadcast in 1935. The palace title maybe a little misleading - it's charm being more shabby chic than regal. Still, it's a great venue for the regular rock concerts, raves and exhibitions staged, with two massive indoor spaces. And, perched above the city, it boasts beautiful surroundings and wonderful views over London.
London Exhibition Centres
Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY
Tube: Bounds Green Station
Events at Alexandra Palace
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2016 - 11am | Free
A chance to sample a range of food and beers.
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August 2016 | £16.50 (Adults), £12 (Children 3-15), £29 (Premium)
The Luna Cinema comes to Ally Pally this summer as they present two nights of classic cinema, Star Wars - The Force Awakens on Saturday 6th August followed by Labyrinth on Sunday 7th August. With ...more
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016 - 11am | Free
A chance to sample a range of food and beers.
27th, 28th and 29th August 2016 | Day ticket: £16 adult, £13 concession | Three day ticket: £25 adult, £18 concession
The Foodies Festival is back at Alexandra Palace this summer, taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including Rakesh Nair of The Cinnamon Club, celebrity chef ...more
21st, 22nd and 23rd October 2016 | £10 (Adults), £8 (Concessions) | Two day ticket - £16 (Adults), £13 (Concession) | Three day ticket - £22 (Adults), £18 (Concessions)
Each year the OM Yoga Show installs an air of meditative contemplation over Alexandra Palace. Leading yoga teachers give group lessons - some are free, for others you need to book and pay but they ...more
Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS
Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while three cinemas mix mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery, several smaller exhibition spaces, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, live music in the foyer, and a host of talks, signings, and events for children are also on offer.
Events at Barbican Centre
14th July to 4th September 2016 - Various Times | £12, concs/mems £10, NUS £8, young mems £5
A survey of the varied work of the acclaimed Icelandic performance artist, including the multi-sensory experiences The Visitors (2012) and Take Me Here By The Dishwasher: Memorial For A Marriage (2011).
19th March to 16th October 2016 | Free
Sunday 24th July 2016 - 7.30pm | £15-£28
The sitar player, accompanied on tabla by distinguished maestro Pandit Ramkumar Mishra, delivers a performance of acrobatic melodic lines and entrancing drones.
Thursday 15th September 2016 - 7.30pm | £20-£30, tickets on sale Apr 8, 10am
The ethereal, largely instrumental post-rock from Glasgow performs a live soundscape to accompany a screening of director Mark Cousins' acclaimed documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise.
28th September 2016 to 8th January 2017 - Various Times | Free
52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Tube: Angel Station
Exhibitors love this venue and it's easy to see why. The Business Design Centre in Islington is in a great location just one mile from The City and two from The West End. It also perfectly combines architectural beauty with modern facilities, offering a huge space to host the most stylish of events. One of its best features is the natural light that pours through the high barrel-vaulted roof of the Mezzanine. The ground level, Gallery Hall and Conference Centre combine to offer 6,000 square metres of flexible space in total and room enough to seat up to 1,500 visitors.
Events at Business Design Centre
14th to 17th Sep 2016 - Various Times | Free
Community & Lifestyle, Antiques Fair.
9th to 13th Nov 2016
In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's ...more
2nd, 3rd and 4th December 2016 | In adv: £12 (Adults), £5 (Children over 5) | On door: £15 (Adults), £4 (Children over 5), | Free (Children up to 5)
Just in time to stock up on goodies for Christmas, The Chocolate Festival returns to Islington's Business Design Centre with an array of chocolatiers and artisan delights to tickle your taste buds. This event will ...more
Storey's Gate, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH
Combining its dual functions as an event/conference venue and a Methodist church, the imposing Central Hall Westminster also offers visitors (curious about exploring the inside of this Edwardian structure) free admission. Of the 30 meeting rooms, the largest holds 2,160. While refurbished to meet the needs of a modern functions host, the venue still has a strong period feel to it and has featured in a number of films, including 'Calendar Girls' and 'Jekyll and Hyde'. Gandhi, Churchill and the Price of Wales have all spoken here. The hall also played host to the first General Assembly of the United Nations in 1946.
Warwick Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9TA
The Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres are the most popular in London for major public exhibitions. Located down the road from fashionable Kensington, this venue is as familiar to shoppers as it is to companies, and was selected as one of Britain's 'Superbrands', alongside Shell, Samsung, and Rolls-Royce. The centre has its own conference rooms, hotels, bars and a huge range of additional facilities. Events here are always well catered and set up for wireless internet use. However, the owners intend to close this venue, making way for a mixture of offices and residential buildings. So, make the most of it while you still can.
Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Tube: Canning Town Station
A stunning architectural achievement, gigantic amounts of floor space accompanied by shops, bars and hotels, London's purpose built ExCel Exhibition Centre, opened in 2000, is an exciting venue in the city. The range of flexible, high-spec rooms is second to none, as is their customer support service. Though not as close as other venues to the major airports and central London, it's very close to City Airport and the presence of a DLR stop inside the centre means it remains convenient for public transport.
Events at ExCeL London
22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Sep 2016 - 10am-5pm | £29, adv £25, child Free
A four-day inaugural event with over 200 exhibitors and talks from technological leaders.
7th, 8th and 9th October 2016 | £12 (Adults), £8.50 (Children 6-16), Free (Under 6)
The Cake and Bake Show has all the ingredients needed for a delicious day out. With new celebrity chefs and baking shows constantly bursting onto the scene, and the phenomenal success of The Great British ...more
Sunday 6th and Monday 7th November 2016 | Free to watch, entry from £75.24
The triathlon is fast replacing the marathon as the event of choice for testing your body to the limit and with 13,000 entrants participating, the London Triathlon is the world's largest event of its kind. ...more
80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE
Tube: St James's Park Station
This architecturally unique venue boasts two halls and a conference centre. Lindley Hall, overlooking leafy Vincent Square, is a popular venue for corporate events. Since it re-launched in 2001 it has been the location for Paul Smith's fashion shows and Decanter Wine Awards. Originally built in 1904, this classical Edwardian structure has state-of-the art contemporary facilities including fully integrated sound system. Next door, Lawrence Hall has gorgeous high vaulted ceilings. This Art Deco style multi-purpose hall has become well established for hosting niche market trade shows such as antiques shows, wine fairs and classic car auctions. When combined with the Conference Centre - which can house any number from two to 200 people - it has proved a successful choice for exhibition organisers looking for up to 1,800m≤ of stunning space.
Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
The Olympia Exhibition Centre is the most popular in London for major public exhibitions. Located down the road from fashionable Kensington, this venue is as familiar to shoppers as it is to companies, and was selected as one of Britain's 'Superbrands', alongside Shell, Samsung, and Rolls Royce. The facilities here are first rate and the in-house technical and support staff are the most experienced in Britain. They can cope with just about any request.
Events at Olympia London
29th, 30th and 31st July 2016 - 9am-6pm | £12-£58
Community & Lifestyle, Family Event.
9th to 13th Aug 2016 | From £9
Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. There are over 350 different British breweries featured at ...more
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016 - 10am-6pm | £17.50-£30
Acoustic instrument enthusiasts come together to showcase their works, or provide workshops and demonstrations for those who are as equally intrigued.
23rd, 24th and 25th September 2016 | £15 (Adults), £6.50 (Children 6-16), £35 (VIP) - LondonTown readers get 50 per cent off | On the door £10 (Adults), £40 (VIP)
Planning a wedding can turn what should be The Happiest Day Of Your Life into a full blown nightmare - known as 'bridezilla' in extreme cases. If you want to avoid this unappealing moniker, The ...more
31st Oct to 6th Nov 2016 | TBC, Children 12 years and under Free
Get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof at Olympia - and get it out of the way more than a month before Santa arrives. An annual fixture in the seasonal calendar, the ...more
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