London's 5 Best Exhibition Venues

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As one of the world's most dynmaic and most visited capital cities, London offers an excellent choice of exhibition and conference venues for those looking to organise an event. The options range from very large venues such as the Excel Centre, through to smaller venues such as the Business design centre and also hotels in Heathrow and Gatwick which offer rooms for rent which come with conference facilities. The following exhibition venues in London can accommodate many types of trade shows and conferences.

1. ExCel Centre

A venue with a sizeable capacity and with space which can be developed and altered for each show and with a dedicated exhibition team, the ExCel centre is now one fo the top venues in London. Located in the city's London Royal Docks area, it is positioned within easy reach of the heart of the city. The 4 halls range in size and can accommodate roughly 5,000 to 10,000 visitors each. The centre hosts shows such as PayExpo, Internet World and FitPro Live.

2. Earls Court and Olympia

These venues includes historic sites plus relatively newer additions. The Earls Court and the Olympia exhibition centres are both located in West London. The Earls Court facility features an enormous open hall with over 15,000 sq.meters of floor space. Host to such events as the Ideal Home Show and the BRIT Awards.

3. The Business Design Centre

This popular exhibition space is situated in Islington within a short jaunt of London's city centre and West End. Offering contemporary amenities, the Business Design Centre is a frequent choice for upscale events. Ground level, Conference Centre and Gallery Hall spaces offer a combined 6,000 square metres of space, with a 1,500 person capacity. The New Designers exhibition and the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair both take place here.

4. Central Hall Westminster

A versatile venue with over 30 meeting rooms, Central Hall Westminster can accommodate groups from 15 to 2000. Premium event services include lighting, sound and catering on request. The neighboring Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre is available as an adjunct hall for larger events.

5. The Barbican Centre

An arts centre owned and operated by the City of London, Barbican is located near the city's business district. It includes an 8,000 square metre exhibition area with easy connections to public transportation. Known for its premium event management services, Barbican hosts such events as the Landlord & Letting Show and the Property Investment Expo. This is an excellent venue and one which is often overlooked at the expense of the larger venues.

The Barbican Centre is based in the heart of the Barbican estate in the North of London which means that it has great links to the rest of the city, which in turn ensures that it has good links to the rest of the country. The nearest train stations include Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Barbican, meaning that visitors only have a short walk to and from the nearest link point.

Although the Barbican Centre is perhaps best known as being the home of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, it is also a popular venue for exhibitions and conferences. There are two main exhibition halls at the Barbican Centre each with the capacity to host sizeable events. Exhibition hall 1 has almost 2,000 square metres of exhibition space which is divers and easily converted to suit the wide range of events which take place here each year.

The second exhibition hall at the Barbican Centre is slightly smaller than exhibition hall one but is equally diverse and has facilities of the same high standard. Both of the exhibition halls at the barbican centre have state of the art technologies, facilities and resources which is why it is such a popular venue. One of the main features upon which the barbican Centre sells its exhibition space is that it offers a very personal service to those who choose to host an event here. It is appreciated that organising and hosting an event can be a daunting prospect, especially for someone who has no experience in the field, so offering an expert service helps to provide great events which reflect well on the event organisers and the Barbican Centre.

The conference facilities at the Barbican Centre are genuinely world class. The theatres can hold up to two thousand people and are supported by state of the art technology and resources. Many of the top companies in the country choose the Barbican Centre as their conference menu.

One of the best features of the service offered at the Barbican Centre is the in house catering. It is of a really high standard and there are a number of options with regards to how it can be delivered. The menus range from buffet to formal sit down dinners. 

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