Meeting Planning in London, England
ExCeL London Convention & Exhibition Centre
The largest major convention center in London, the 300 million ExCeL Exhibition Centre opened in November 2000 and has since hosted over 1,500 events. Its location in the redeveloped Docklands Area, which boasts more than 20 restaurants, bars and hotels, makes it a convenient spot to transition from work to play. The centre also has five on-site hotels, including Novotel, Ramada Inn & Suites and Crowne Plaza, which together provide conference goers with a total of 1,500 rooms. For larger conferences, there are more than 7,500 additional rooms within walking distance.
Spanning 90,000 square meters, the building has two column-free rectangular halls that together cover 65,000 square meters. Movable walls create a flexible environment for accommodating any range of event sizes. The centre also boasts London's largest auditorium, with room for over 500 guests, and 45 gallery rooms, offering waterfront views of Royal Victoria Dock and room for 20 to 200 people. Additionally, a three-level self-contained Platinum Suite provides a private, elegant setting for 400 to 1,100 people and has its own registration area, lobby and bar.
ExCeL Exhibition Centre matches its stunning space with quality amenities, including an in-house audio-visual team of Blitz Communications, Ltd., one of Europe's leading audio-visual companies. The centre has high-speed Internet access and wireless Internet capabilities, as well as in-house catering by Leith's, ready to provide menus for conferences, parties and galas. The centre has three on-site pay parking lots with over 3,700 spaces, and it is also accessible by the Docklands Light Railway and the Underground.
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Business Design Centre Group
The Business Design Centre in Islington was saved from demolition in 1981 by entrepreneur Sam Morris. Opened five years later in 1986, the fully-restored centre became the United Kingdom's first integrated trade, exhibition and conference complex. The centre offers roughly 6,000 square meters of exhibition space, housed under a barrel-vaulted ceiling flooded with natural light. Its Conference Centre is ideal for breakout sessions and VIP lounges, as its moveable walls can create up to nine interlinking rooms or a total of over 1,000 square meters.
Among its many amenities, the Business Design Centre has on-site catering provided by the Good Eating Company and audio-visual services by AVC Productions. The centre sits adjacent to the 190 rooms at the Hilton London Islington, and also has 285 on-site parking spaces.