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
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
27th and 28th August 2016 at 11am-7pm & 29th August 2016 at 11am-6pm | £16, concs £13, three day pass £25, concs £18
Outdoor tasting experience.
Sunday 4th September 2016 - 9.30am-4.30pm | £6
Discover hidden gems as you browse a host of stalls.
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016 - 10am-6pm | adv £16.50
London's biggest YouTube gaming event featuring live battles, preview games and big prize tournaments.
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2016 - 10am-5pm | £6
Browse and buy craft supplies with advice on offer from stallholders and makers who share their passion for home-made creations.
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
Thursday 1st September 2016 - 7pm | £12, Young Barbican £5, concs £10
The editor leads a tour round the Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition.
2nd September to 1st October 2016 - Various Times | £10-£55
Polly Findlay directs Ben Jonson's satire featuring an original prologue and revisions by Stephen Jeffries, with Hywel Morgan as Lovewit, Mark Lockyer as Subtle and Siobhan McSweeney as Doll Common.
7th September to 1st October 2016 - Various Times | £15-£55
Christopher Marlowe's dark and subversive tale of one man's foolhardy pact with The Devil, directed by Maria Aberg. Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan alternate the roles of Doctor Faustus and the demon Mephistopheles.
Monday 12th September 2016 | £12, Young Barbican £5, concs £10
A discussion about reinventing the university campus.
13th to 17th Sep 2016 - Various Times | £18, Young Barbican £5, under 16s £9, mems £14.40
The Belgian film and television actor pays tribute to the art of speech by impersonating a range of famous speakers.
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.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 9am | £15-£60
Community & Lifestyle, Wedding Fairs.
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
3rd to 7th Sep 2016 | E250-E895
An influential meeting for respiratory physicians, scientists and allied health professionals.
Saturday 17th September 2016 at 12noon-7pm & Sunday 18th September 2016 at 11am-4pm | Free
Talks and workshops on everything MS for sufferers and carers, and their families.
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2016 - 10am-5pm | £12-£16, child £6, under 4s Free
A showcase of 150 wedding suppliers from the region for you to browse and book.
Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 9.30am-5pm & Thursday 22nd September 2016 at 9.30am-4pm | phone for prices
Business networking and development.
22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Sep 2016 | Standard £29, advance £25, child Free
Being opened by astronaut Major Tim Peake, fresh from his six-month space odyssey, New Scientist Live is a new four-day festival of inspiration. Taking place at ExCeL London, the festival will stimulate senses with over ...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
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.
16th, 17th and 18th September 2016 - 10am-5pm | Free
21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Sep 2016 | Trade & Press Free (£15 on door), Student £10 Pre-reg (£15 on door), Public £15
The commercial cornerstone event of The London Design Festival, 100% Designis a vast showcase for more than 400 architects, product designers and interiors specialists. This year the theme is 'Experience' which runs throughout the show, ...more
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
Saturday 1st October 2016 at 10am-5pm & Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 11am-4pm | £10
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