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
Thursday 9th March 2017 - 7pm-9pm | £10
Friday 17th March 2017 - 6.30pm | £35
Ambient dance and electronica from the Cardiff-formed twosome of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith.
Saturday 25th March 2017 at 10am-5pm & Sunday 26th March 2017 at 10am-4.30pm | £12, adv £11, BRM Subscribers/adv £10, under 16s £6, under 5s Free, family £36
Large model railway exhibition with a wide range of layouts, specialist traders and modelling demonstrations.
Saturday 15th April 2017 - 6.30pm | £30
The pop rock group from Surrey led by Josh Franceschi, with guitarists Chris Miller and Max Helyer, bassist Matt Barnes and drummer Dan Flint.
Saturday 22nd April 2017 - 10am | £12, OAP £11
The world's largest cake decorating show returns with an amazing display of sugar-craft and cake decorating talent.
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
Sunday 26th March 2017 | £5 (Under 18s), £10 (Adults)
Presented in a fun and informative way, the London Symphony Orchestra's Family Concerts feature music based on a theme and offer the chance for everyone to get involved. Magic, mystery and mirage sets the theme ...more
22nd to 25th Feb 2017 - Various Times | £16-£30
Take a trip into a fantastical universe where humans and robots playfully mingle and merge, all dancing to the percussive beat of a 10-piece mechanical orchestra.
22nd to 28th Feb 2017 | £13.50-£15
Taking place in the midst of award season, The Craft of Film at the Barbican explores nine cinematic crafts that are key to a film's success. From directing and acting to cinematography and costume design, ...more
21st to 25th Feb 2017 - 9.30am | Free
In this exhibition the artist presents some of her best works about the sky and what lies beyond. The universe has proved to be an immense source of inspiration for her, with its variety of ...
15th February to 23rd April 2017 | Free
15th February to 23rd April 2017 - Various Times | Free
21st February to 1st May 2017 | 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
Friday 2nd June 2017 at 10am-6pm & Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 10am-5pm | £32.60-£36
Community & Lifestyle, Family Event.
Friday 1st December 2017 at 4pm-9pm & Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 12noon-5pm | £20-£65
Food & Drink, Drink & Tastings.
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
23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Feb 2017 | £18-£70 | From £24 (Adult in adv), £27 (Adult on the door)
The capital's premier celebration of automotive history, the London Classic Car Show features a whole host of classic and vintage cars. At its centre is The Grand Avenue, a motoring catwalk inside the central hall ...more
3rd, 4th and 5th March 2017 - 9.30am-5.30pm | Fri £20, online adv £14.45, Sat & Sun £20, online adv £15.45, under 14s Free, adv tickets from www.thebabyshow.co.uk/excel/tickets
The latest essentials for new arrivals plus fashion shows and informative talks by baby care experts.
Saturday 4th March 2017 at 9am-6pm & Sunday 5th March 2017 at 10am-6pm | £10-£20
The UK's largest personal development event.
10th, 11th and 12th March 2017 | On door day ticket £20 (Adults), £15 (Children). In adv £15.95 (Adults), £11.95 (Children), under 5s Free
Lord of the Dance - Michael Flatley Dance Academy, Flawless, Kristina Rihanoff, Twist and Pulse will be at MOVE IT at the ExCeL centre this March. Adding which MOVE FIT to ...more
Thursday 20th April 2017 - 10am | £10, OAP £9
Discover all the very latest supplies and ideas in the world of stitching and creative crafts, browse a range of stalls and take part in workshops.
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
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th March 2017 | £13, concs £12, child £6
There are six curated textile galleries, free demonstrations and appearances from Lauren Guthrie and Chinelo Bally from the Great British Sewing Bee at this craft consumer show where more than 200 companies sell all sorts ...more
24th March to 9th April 2017 | On door weekday £19, weekend £21 | In adv weekday £13, weekend £15 (Adults) | Late night Thursday £5 after 5pm
Britain's biggest consumer home event, a regular fixture since 1908, returns to Olympia featuring everything you need to spruce up your abode. Celebrities appearing at the Ideal Home Show in 2017 include TV presenter and ...more
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 6.15pm-7.45pm | £19
Community & Lifestyle, Trade Shows.
Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th August 2017 - 12noon | adv £11, £14
Food & Drink, Drink & Tastings.
Saturday 26th August 2017 - 10am-7pm | £38-£137
Browse a range of exhibits and meet favourite queens from around the world, including RuPaul's Drag Race darlings Adore Delano, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, and Katya-as well as YouTube sensations Rubber Child, Biblegirl, Hey Qween, ...
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