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
9th to 12th Dec 2016 - Various Times | £13.50, child/concs £11.50, phone for availability
Compered by TV personality Rowland Rivron and performed by a cast of over 60 skaters.
Saturday 17th December 2016 - 8.30pm-11pm | £8.60, own skates/NUS £6.70
A chance to skate the night away to a seasonal soundtrack.
Sunday 8th January 2017 - 8.30pm | adv £10
Ice-skate the night away to David Bowie's greatest hits and back catalogue.
20th, 21st and 22nd January 2017 - 10am-5pm | £12, adv £10.50, concs £11, adv concs £9.50
A showcase of model engineering of trains, cars, planes and trucks. Visitors can take part in a range of activities and watch technical demonstrations.
Sunday 5th February 2017 - 8.30pm-11pm | £9.90, with own skates £8
DJs will be spinning the works of Jarvis Cocker and his associates while the dancers will be spinning on the ice.
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
Wednesday 7th December 2016 - 7.30pm | £10-£34
Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the orchestra to perform Burrell's Concerto For Brass And Orchestra, Haydn's Symphony No 83 In G Minor 'La Poule' and Stravinsky's The Firebird.
28th October to 23rd December 2016 - 10am | Free
A selection of Shakespeare's lines, chosen by actors, writers and poets, turned into artworks.
1st November 2016 to 1st January 2017 - 12noon-8pm | Free
29th September 2016 to 8th January 2017 - Various Times | Free
13th October 2016 to 5th February 2017
13th October 2016 to 5th February 2017 - Various Times | £14.50, NUS/under 18s £10, Art Fund mems £12, Young Barbican £5, concs £12
23rd August to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free
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
Friday 9th December 2016 at 12noon-4pm and 5pm-9pm & Saturday 10th December 2016 at 12noon-5pm | £40
Food & Drink, Drink & Tastings.
18th to 22nd Jan 2017 | £15 (in adv), £22 (on the door) | Six Day Ticket: £35 (in adv), £40 (on the door)
Now in its 29th year, the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre shows no signs of losing its cutting edge. Whether you're buying or just looking you'll have over a hundred of London's ...more
15th to 18th Feb 2017 - Various Times | Free
Exhibitions & Art, Art Fair.
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
Thursday 8th December 2016 | £10-£75
Voluntary Service Overseas is hosting a Christmas Carol Concert at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster this December, marking more than 20 years of annual concerts. Everything is lined up for a festive evening with musical ...more
6th December 2016 to 3rd January 2017 - Various Times | Free
Exhibitions & Art, Photography.
Saturday 17th December 2016 - 7pm-10.30pm | £18.50
Saturday 31st December 2016 | tickets on sale Friday 9th December, 9am
The one-time Take That showman, who has received a record 17 Brit Awards, thrusts and struts through a selection of greatest hits that run the gamut of soaring ballads like Angels to foot-stomping anthems including ...
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.
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
Monday 12th December 2016 - 7pm-10pm | £42-£52, Golden Circle £62, adv tickets from www.theticketfactory.com/default/online/tickets/concerts/bbc-music-awards
Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman host the star-studded awards ceremony, which celebrates the best in popular music from the last 12 months and is broadcast live on BBC One. Spectacular performances on the night come ...
6th to 15th January 2017 | From £10 (Advance tickets), Free (Children under 15)
London's biggest exhibition of boats returns for its 63rd year in 2017, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing everything from 1.4-metre sailing dinghies to 37-metre tri-deck motor yachts. Visitors to the 10-day London Boat Show will ...more
13th and 14th January 2017 at 10am-5pm & 15th January 2017 at 10am-4pm | £15, concs £12, child Free
Learn about all elements of booking and embarking on the world of cruise. Speak to impartial advisers and receive specialist offers.
13th, 14th and 15th January 2017 - 11am | £12-£15
The Birmingham-based arts and antiques fair launches in London. Featuring 150 dealers and celebrity speakers.
23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Feb 2017 - 10am-6pm | £18-£70
The capital's premier celebration of automotive history, featuring a whole host of classic and vintage cars.
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 21st and Sunday 22nd January 2017 | £8
Back for its 21st year, The Adventure Travel Show is the UK's only event dedicated entirely to discovering the world off the beaten track. Whether you're interested in volunteering, a career break, trekking, diving, safari ...more
27th and 28th January 2017 at 10am-5pm & 29th January 2017 at 10am-4pm | £16, adv £12
Everything from food and wine to buying a home in France.
17th February 2017 at 12noon-5pm, 18th February 2017 at 10am-5pm & 19th February 2017 at 10am-4pm | adv £15
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017 - 10am-5pm | adv £6, £10
Community & Lifestyle, Trade Shows.
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