Exhibitions provide the perfect opportunity for businesses to elevate their brand via an engaging platform which can effectively present their key messages to prospective customers and clients. However, organising a large-scale event like this can be difficult. From ticketing and marketing, to exhibitor stands and logistics, there are many elements involved and we understand that finding the right venue is a key factor in an exhibition running smoothly, as well as in generating the noise and brand awareness you are striving for. So, to help get you started, we’ve compiled a list of London’s best venues for an exhibition.
Exhibitions at this multi-venue campus can go as far as one’s imagination takes it. Perhaps you’re looking for a vast blank canvas like the Events Hall which can hold up to a whopping 40,000 guests. Maybe you’re looking for something else from London’s only international convention centre… which offers a large variety of event spaces such as Capital Hall which can easily hold up to 5,000 guests. What’s important to remember is that ExCeL can deal with pretty much any event requirement, from large-scale production to vehicle access and temporary structures; you name it, ExCeL can do it, which is what makes it ideal for exhibitions.
This impressive Grade I listed building from the 1800’s was formerly a storage unit for abundant amounts of tobacco and is now a dedicated event venue which can accommodate thousands of guests over 44 different event spaces. With timber beams and exposed brickwork throughout, Tobacco Dock provides both indoor and outdoor space perfect for all manner of events. Whether that be in The Great Gallery, The Vaults or The Dock Gallery, these unique spaces can be adapted to provide the ideal setting for your next exhibition.
Originally used as an engine house for Central London Railways in 1899, this 3,185 sqm warehouse stands across two floors containing dynamic and adaptable spaces, one of which provides 775 sqm’s of uninterrupted floor space and a flexible stage. Scheduled to open this November, the tiled interior walls and red brick character of this new project in White City allows the iconic TFL aesthetics to remain, creating the ideal backdrop for creative exhibitions and representing the urban vibrancy of London City.
The Design Museum
Situated on High Street Kensington, you will find the Design Museum; the central hub for all things design and architecture. With five event spaces to choose from, including the Auditorium and the stunning Atrium, there’s a variety of diverse and multi-functional spaces available to hire for events. The Atrium is a triple height space with blank canvas walls and an impressive angular design while the Auditorium provides state-of-the-art facilities. Take the venue exclusively in the evening and host an exhibition for up to 1,000 guests.
Boasting high ceilings, rigging points throughout, spot track lighting and outside space, this blank canvas warehouse located in the vibrant Shoreditch is the perfect combination of original Victorian authenticity with a modern twist. The Yard provides the perfect blank canvas for creative brands to transform the space and create the ultimate engaging environment for small-scale exhibitions for up to 400 guests.
The affectionately known ‘Ally Pally’ certainly has a lot to boast about, from the stained-glass windows to its large terrace flaunting London’s famous skyline. Home to some of the most extraordinary events for over 140 years, this iconic Victorian venue can hold up to a whopping 10,250 guests and has nine interlinking pillar-free rooms of different sizes alongside 196 acres of beautiful parkland. The Great hall provides the perfect environment for exhibition stands, while the Palm Court provides a wow entrance and setting for catering and street food trucks.
White walls, large windows and concrete floors provides you with endless possibilities to transform this urban East End venue. Overlooking the disused iconic Bethnal Green gasholders, Oval Space is the place to bring your brand message to life with its anomalous yet charming setting. Hire the venue exclusively for up to 1,000 guests and you will have full access to the main space and the venue’s two outdoor decked areas, ideal for exhibitions taking place in the warmer summer months.
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