Meeting Planning in London, ON
London Convention Centre
Located in the heart of the city on York Street, the beautiful London Convention Centre is truly an architectural masterpiece. Rich maple details, brushed steel accents, imported marble tiling and decorative carpeting all create a welcoming environment. Only minutes away from the airport and VIA rail station, the centre is also well-placed within walking distance of several restaurants and entertainment venues. Seven hotels offering over 1,000 guest rooms are also nearby. In fact, the Hilton London Ontario, the largest hotel in the city, is attached to the centre via a climate controlled walkway.
The London Convention Centre offers over 6,500 square meters of exhibit space in total. The main floor features five salons and boardrooms, all capable of accommodating eight to 500 people. The second floor offers a 3,065-square-meter, column-free Grand Ballroom, which can be broken down into up to eight sections for accommodating posh events of any scale. Both the main and second levels have spacious foyers available for use as reception areas.
Several amenities complement the London Convention Centre's elegant rooms. With a reputation for outstanding service and quality food, the in-house catering services at the centre can create customized meals for any event. Outdoor as well as underground parking is available in the centre's lot. The theater, salons and ballroom are equipped with an in-house sound system; wireless Internet services are also available.
In 2007, the London Convention Centre began its "think green" initiative, implementing a variety of programs to reduce waste and increase recycling efforts. Dedicated to protecting the environment, the centre installed low-energy light bulbs, purchased only paper products made from 100 percent recycled materials, and donated leftover food items to charities in the city as parts of the initiative. As a result, the London Convention Centre has thus far increased its recycled waste from 55.8 percent to 79.8 percent in one year, recycled over 12 tons of waste and garbage, and donated over 220 kilograms of fruits and vegetables.
With all it has to offer, the London Convention Centre has been making waves on the meetings and events scene. The centre is selected continuously for more and more events each year, hosting over 450 events in 2007.
London, ON Meeting Venue Spotlight
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The Western Fair Entertainment Centre
The Western Fair hosts hundreds of meetings, tradeshows and events throughout the year in its impressive array of facilities. The 5,295-square-meter Progress Building can accommodate up to 2,500 people, while the 2,230-square-meter Canada Building is capable of hosting up to 1,000 guests. Other spaces include the recently-renovated Carousel Room, 1,357-square-meter Special Events Building and 836-square-meter West Annex, which links the Progress and Canada buildings.
The two largest facilities at the fairgrounds are the Agriplex and Sports Centre. The Sports Centre features a multi-purpose meeting room, a 1,500-seat Olympic-size arena and a concession area. The newest addition to the Western Fair, the 14,864-square-meter Agriplex boasts a 300-seat amphitheater, a 1,500-seat show arena and a 420-stall livestock pavilion, among other spaces. Connected via an underground tunnel and pedestrian overpass, the Agriplex is easily reachable from other parts of the fairgrounds.
All facilities are air conditioned and offer specialized audio-visual equipment is available upon request. The in-house catering department at Western Fair offers a wide variety of choices including buffets, formal plate service for breakfast, lunch and dinner functions as well as light and late-night snack services. The Western Fair now also provides a free wireless Internet hotspot to its guests.