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
Monday 20th April 2015 - 8.15pm
Radha comes to live with her husband Shamu and mother-in-law. The young couple toil ceaselessly to bring prosperity to their land, but to no avail, and the property defers to Lala. Radha suggests cultivating a barren strip of land. Despite Radha and Shamu's best efforts, the enterprise is a disaster: firstly, the family's prize bullock dies, then Shamu's hands are crushed in an accident. Too ashamed to burden his wife, Shamu flees his home, leaving Rahda to fend for herself.
Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 8.15pm
New version of the classic musical, which allows audiences to follow the words on screen and deafen fellow cinema-goers with impromptu renditions of all of the hits. The story centres on Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, the bad boy and the good girl who fall in love one long, hot summer to a toe-tapping soundtrack of memorable hits.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 8.15pm
Thursday 23rd April 2015 - 8.15pm
Controversial adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's pithy commentary on '80s materialism and greed, reworked as a black comedy. At its centre is handsome yuppie Patrick Bateman, a social climber who judges success by the clothes people wear. But beneath his smartly tailored surface, Patrick harbours dark, disturbing thoughts about his business rivals, murderous fantasies which gradually stray from his unconscious into the real world.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 8.15pm
Violent account of a heist gone horribly wrong.
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
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2015 - 10.30am | £85
With composer Tansy Davies, writer Nick Drake and director Deborah Warner.
17th, 18th and 19th April 2015 - 9am | Free
Musical installation featuring a central computer screen and eighteen orchestral players who appear and play at the touch of a button.
17th to 21st and 23rd Apr 2015 - 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
King Louis XIV hires renowned landscape gardener Andre Le Notre to transform the grounds of Versailles into a fantasia "of exquisite and matchless beauty". It is a Herculean task, so Le Notre hires fellow landscapers to oversee different sections of the garden. Sabine De Barra catches his eye. She flouts rigid form and prefers a more haphazard approach to her planting. The arrival of Sabine in the court sets tongues wagging and incurs the wrath of Andre's jealous wife, Madame Le Notre.
1st to 27th April 2015 - Various Times | Free
Explore what objects can say that words cannot through the work of artists using glass, ceramics, wax and print.
4th March to 30th April 2015 - Various Times | Free
See Morgan Howell's giant, hand painted, 3D copies of the paper sleeve of vinyl singles.
4th March to 31st May 2015 - Various Times | Free
Sunday 19th April 2015 - 4pm | £20, child £10
A classical concert with puppetry and dancers, creating an immersive experience children will love.
11th to 25th April 2015 | £16-£50
The highly anticipated operatic debut from composer Tansy Davies, Between Worlds is inspired by the events of 9/11. A sensitive but uplifting piece, it tells the story of a disparate group of individuals trapped high ...more
15th to 25th April 2015 | £21-£26
Cheek by Jowl presents Measure for Measure at the Barbican this April. Hailed in Moscow as a 'shattering portrait of contemporary Russia', the new production of Shakespeare's drama delves into the depths of an unpredictable ...more
12th February to 25th May 2015 | £12, concs £10, NUS £8 13-17 years & Art Fund members, £5 Young Barbican, under 12s 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
1st and 2nd May 2015 at 10am-6pm & 3rd May 2015 at 10am-4pm | £18, child/concs £9
1st and 2nd May 2015 at 10am-6pm & 3rd May 2015 at 10am-4pm | £18, child/concs £9, VIP £50
The UK's best kept health & fitness secret dedicated to women, and Winner of Best New Consumer Show 2014, Be:Fit London will take place at the Business Design Centre in London 1st - 3rd May 2015.
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
17th to 26th April 2015 - 11am-5pm | Free
The Society of Botanical Artists present works by various artists in a diverse range of media.
Friday 24th April 2015 - 7pm-8.30pm | £10, concs £7.50
Sir Ian McKellen will be hosting an evening of 25 lightning talks that will celebrate the people, services, and ethos of the NHS - and insist that we bring it back.
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th May 2015 - 7pm | £27.50
Introspective indie-pop from the Glaswegian septet fronted by lead singer Stuart Murdoch who formed in the mid 1990s and received an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2014 NME Awards. The "indie darlings" Belle ...more
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
Saturday 23rd May 2015 - 10.30am-6pm | £35, Pro Package £95, Platinum Package £175
BeautyCon is the first international beauty and fashion summit for the most influential content creators, celebrities and their fans and it's the first time the US phenomenon has landed on UK soil.
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
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2015 - 10am-5pm | £18, adv £15, child Free, Ages 5-15 £5
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 - 9.30am-4.30pm | Free
Motivate Europe Live is Europe's ONLY annual exhibition and conference for the incentive, reward & recognition industry.
22nd to 25th Apr 2015 - Various Times | Free
An opportunity to browse the largest collection of running brands, retailers, international races and fitness services you will find under one roof.
24th, 25th and 26th April 2015 | £19-£44
An official event for the fans of the popular Sherlock TV show.
Saturday 25th April 2015 - 10am-5pm | £10
The UK's biggest wargaming and gaming event.
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 25th April 2015 - 10am-4pm | £5
VIP presents the ultimate music buying experience where visitors can pick up discounted CDs, DVDs, vinyl and accessories.
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th May 2015 | Fri £9, Sat-Mon £11, concs £9
One of the UK's longest running holistic festivals, Mind Body Spirit is the essential show for anyone seeking the tools or methods to change and empower their lives. Seminars and exhibitors promote alternative ...more
8th, 9th and 10th May 2015 - 10am-5pm | £10, two adults £15
A live exhibition from the popular TV show, which gives property advice to people looking to buy homes abroad.
18th, 19th and 20th May 2015 | Strictly trade only
Following some significant changes last year - including a return to Olympia, to allow for more room - the London Wine Fair returns in 2015 with its renewed profile as Britain's festival of wine. ...more
21st, 22nd and 23rd May 2015 | 2014 Prices: In Advance: £25 (Opening night), £12/£18 (Adults), £27/£18 (Double adult ticket), £12/£8 (Concessions and groups), Free (Children under 16 accompanied by adult)
For the third edition of Art15 the global art fair at Olympia gets a new director. Kate Bryan, previously Director of Contemporary Art at The Fine Art Society, London's oldest dealership based on New Bond ...more
19th April 2015
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