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 30th and Friday 31st October 2014 at 6.30pm and 8.30pm | £18, concs £15
The five-strong troupe of skaters, based in Montreal, present this exciting show which mixed dancing and performance art.
30th Oct, 31st Oct, 1st Nov and 2nd Nov 2014 - 10am-5.30pm | £7.28, concs/child £6.59, family £22.53
Saturday 1st November 2014 - 3pm-11pm | £9
Perched up high above North London with panoramic views across the City, Alexandra Palace is a great place to watch the spectacular display of fireworks set off in the grounds of the iconic building. But ...more
Friday 14th November 2014 - 6pm-11pm | £25
Rap, reggae and punk from the London-based performer.
Wednesday 19th November 2014 - 7pm-11pm | £26
The New Jersey-based four-piece, fronted by vocalist Brian Fallon, plays rock and punk-rock with distinct indie, folk and heartland influences.
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
Friday 31st October 2014 - 7pm | £10.50 & £11.50, child £6, concs £9.50 & £10.50, mems £8.40 & £9.20, framed film club £2, ScreenTalk/3D £12.50 & £13.50, mems £10 & £10.80
Two specially filmed performances of Danny Boyle's staging of Mary Shelley in a new adaptation by Nick Dear. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his hideous creation, whose ...
23rd October to 1st November 2014 | £16-£32
Simon Stone's re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen's play, presented by the Australian ensemble, Belvoir Sydney.more
24th October to 2nd November 2014 | £11.50 (Standard), £10.50 (Concessions), £5 (Young Barbican)
The London International Animation Festival is a showcase of creative animation taking place at the Barbican and throughout the city with gala premieres, Q&As, workshops and the Best of the Festival screening. Now in its ...more
30th Oct to 1st Nov and 5th Nov to 8th Nov 2014 - 8pm-9.15pm | £18
Performance artist Dickie Beau directs his latest show, an ensemble piece featuring well-known voices, retrieved through a process of audio recordings edited into digital text. Contains adult content, not suitable for ages below 16.
Thursday 30th October 2014 at 9.30am-7.30pm & Friday 31st October 2014 at 9.30am-2pm | Free
An exhibition designed to present a visual history of music therapy.
25th September 2014 to 11th January 2015 | £12, child/NUS £8, concs £10, under 12s Free
9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 | Free
25th September 2014 to 22nd March 2015 - Various Times | Free
Saturday 1st November 2014 - 2pm | £8
A mix of physical theatre, puppetry and wit, from florschutz & dohnert.
Saturday 1st November 2014 - 7.30pm | £10-£34
The orchestra is joined by conductor Edward Gardner, tenor Mark Padmore and the BBC Symphony Chorus for renditions of pieces by Schubert, Henze, Thomas Larcher and John Adams.
1st, 3rd and 5th & 6th Nov 2014 - Various Times | £10.50 & £11.50, child £6, concs £9.50 & £10.50, mems £8.40 & £9.20, framed film club £2, ScreenTalk/3D £12.50 & £13.50, mems £10 & £10.80
Ghoulish loner Louis Bloom monitors a police scanner, races to crime scenes and captures gruesome footage of critically injured victims on a handheld camera to sell to TV news stations, who are hungry for raw ...
Saturday 1st November 2014 - 4.55pm | £10.50 & £11.50, child £6, concs £9.50 & £10.50, mems £8.40 & £9.20, framed film club £2, ScreenTalk/3D £12.50 & £13.50, mems £10 & £10.80
28th October to 4th November 2014 | £8
Fall under the spell of a little rabbit conjured out of tissue paper by Florschutz & Dohnert, a duo of gentle clowns. Let them guide you through a music-filled fantasyland where a rabbit can climb ...more
Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £10-£38
The orchestra with pianist Nelson Freire and conductor Gianandrea Noseda performs Elgar's Carillon, Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 and the world premiere of Sally Beamish's Equal Voices, based on the poetry of Andrew Motion.
2nd & 3rd and 5th & 6th Nov 2014 - Various Times | £10.50 & £11.50, child £6, concs £9.50 & £10.50, mems £8.40 & £9.20, framed film club £2, ScreenTalk/3D £12.50 & £13.50, mems £10 & £10.80
Painter JMW Turner returns to London and the home he shares with his father William and housekeeper Hannah Danby. He channels his energy into his work, which continues to raise eyebrows at the Royal Academy ...
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
Saturday 1st November 2014 - 9.30am-5.30pm | Free
Tuesday 4th November 2014 - 8.30am-6pm | £199, early bird £179
The RIBA Journal & NBS' one day conference explores digital design, technology and open data in the built environment.
12th to 16th Nov 2014 | In Adv £13 (Adults), £8 (Child 5-16), £49.50 (VIP) | On Door £16.50 (Adults), £8.50 (Child 5-16), Free (Under 5s), £59.50 (VIP) | Readers' ticket offer - £12 by quoting CL14X1 (Tickets must be booked no later than 1pm on the day before the visit)
In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's ...more
1st to 5th Dec 2014 - 9am-5pm | £1775
11th December 2014 at 6pm-10pm, 12th December 2014 at 10am-5pm & 13th December 2014 at 9am-4pm | Free
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.
Events at Central Hall Westminster
Sunday 2nd November 2014 - 3pm-4pm | £4, refreshments available
The French organist performs a recital.
Thursday 13th November 2014 - 9am-5pm | £79
One full day event all about Project Management.
Sunday 7th December 2014 - 3pm-4pm | refreshments available £4
A performance by the concert organist.
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.
Events at Earls Court Exhibition Centre
30th Oct, 31st Oct, 1st Nov and 2nd Nov 2014 | Advance prices: £12 (Adults), £9 (Concs), £5 (11-16 yrs), Free (U11s) £25 (Family) ; Apres Ski (Thursday and Friday after 5.30) £5
Planning to hit the slopes next winter? Before you take off for snowier climes you'd be wise to put in some pre-ski prep work at the Ski & Snowboard Show which turns Earls Court Two ...more
30th Oct, 31st Oct, 1st Nov and 2nd Nov 2014 - 10am-6pm | £10, child/NUS £4, family £22
The largest consumer winter sports show in the world featuring holiday ideas, interactive events and a host of shopping opportunities. Families can try skiing for the first time, meet fairytale characters for a sing-along, listen ...
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November 2014 - 10am-5pm | £16, concs £13, adv £13.20, adv concs £9.90
The Kennel Club brings together more than 200 different breeds of dog, allowing visitors to meet the animals close up, learn about their distinctive personalities and gain valuable knowledge about choosing the perfect canine partner.
19th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Nov 2014 - 10am-6pm | £12, concs £10
A seasonal event with furniture, gift ideas, food and drink and mote.
19th to 23rd Nov 2014 - Various Times | phone for prices
The centrepiece of the Ideal Home Show at Christmas is a spectacular Ice Skating Rink where the whole family can take to the ice and show off their skills.
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 Exhibition Centre
3rd to 6th Nov 2014 - Various Times | phone for prices
An opportunity for the whole global travel trade to network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof.
Wednesday 12th November 2014 - 3pm-6.30pm | Free
The ORIGINAL and still the BEST co-founder speed pitching event anywhere!!!!!...Pitch your startup and fill your needs!
Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November 2014 - 9am-5pm | Free
Developer Conference and Exhibition: Apps World has grown to be the leading global multi-platform event in the app industry - with 12000+ attendees expected at this year's show.
Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November 2014 - 10am-3pm | phone for prices
Meet representatives from universities and colleges and other organisations to discuss training and career avenues in fields of art, design, media, fashion, architecture, ceramics, 3D animation, mobile phone technology and more.
18th, 19th and 20th November 2014 - 9am-5.30pm | phone for prices
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
Saturday 1st November 2014 at 10am-6pm & Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 10am-5pm | phone for prices
Find out about aspects of starting a family with talks and expert advice on a variety of topics.
3rd to 9th Nov 2014 | From £13
The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is becoming somewhat of an antique itself, as it turns 24 this year. Taking place at London's Olympia, the annual fair should be a permanent fixture on the ...more
3rd to 9th Nov 2014 - Various Times | £13
Traditional and quirky pieces from 30 dealers.
4th to 9th Nov 2014 | TBC | 2013 prices: £17.50 Adult £9.50 Child
Get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof at Olympia - and get it out of the way more than a month before Santa arrives. An annual fixture in the seasonal calendar, the ...more
6th to 9th Nov 2014 - Various Times | £14.50, child £8.50
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