London, England Meeting Planning Overview
London is one of the world's greatest business and events destinations. With six airports, an efficient underground metro network, black taxis, and red buses, London is one the world's most accessible capital cities. At 1,577 square kilometers, London is the 37th-largest urban area in the world, defined most notably in its geography by the Thames River. The city has five airports, with Heathrow as London's and Europe's busiest airport.
London's glittering nightlife and dining scene lends itself to private events that will tempt guests to break out of the boardroom and the hotel bar. For instance, lavish receptions for up to 70 guests can be held among the hand-strung pearl adornments at Pearl Restaurant and Bar in High Holborn. Moroccan and North African-influenced decor can create a sumptuous setting for groups of up to 140 guests at Kenza, while No. 5 Cavendish Square welcomes business events of any type or size. Cultural venues are also sure to give guests the feeling of a true London experience. The prestigious Tate Modern has spaces for private events for up to 350 guests, while the Royal Academy of Arts is available for events of up to 800 people. The 100,000-square-meter ExCeL Exhibition Centre has already hosted well over 1,500 national and international events. The Business Design Centre features an impressive main exhibition hall of 6,000 square meters and welcomes over 80 exhibitions and 250 conferences each year. The centre lays claim to being the first all-in-one trade, exhibition, and conference complex in the UK.
With stunning views of the Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre, the mighty Thames, and the Millennium Bridge, the Mermaid Conference & Events Centre boasts a stunning backdrop and uniquely modern lighting and decor. For a venue with a more traditional look, Alexandra Palace, opened at the end of the 19th century, is a timeless venue for large groups to enjoy exhibitions, conferences, and ceremonies, as its Great Hall accommodates from 2,500 to 7,250 guests. And in Westminster, the prestigious and popular Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre has four large auditoriums and seven conference rooms that host up to 400 meetings annually.