Olympia Events
Olympia Events
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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From breath-taking consumer shows and thrilling sporting and music events, to colourful trade shows, Olympia Events is the home of inspirational events. Located in the heart of London, its atmosphere, distinctive architecture and 138-year heritage are a magnet for the best and boldest events in the UK.
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  • Donald2002
    Fair Oak, United Kingdom387 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An alternative existence - Comic Con 2023 at Olympia
    London Film and Comic Con 2023 (By Showmasters LFCC) at Olympia, This was our second time at Olympia and we have also visited the event in Dublin and Bournemouth. If you are largely nerdy and into movies or comics then you shouldn't miss these events. Image Olympia and it filled up with booths selling memorabilia and gadgets and masks and outfits and everything imaginable. Then areas with lesser know film and TV people meeting the public and selling autographs. Then seminar rooms with more famous people and at the top of the hierarchy was Mike Colter and Chuck Norris but if you don't know who these guys are then you shouldn't go. Food was very expensive but my cheese burger could win a prize. I am not a nerd, much, but the whole experience is another world and charming in a quirky way. Check out the photos.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Alistair H
    St. Albans, United Kingdom125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    Visited as the British Beer Festival was held here. Lots of building work going on so a roundabout route from the station to the entrance which is a bit gloomy, but assume only temporary. When we were there there was plenty of space and everything was well set out. The only surprise was there was only one small toilet block for two huge halls and for a beer festival. 🙄
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 4, 2023
  • lozd924
    86 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very busy Christmas fayre
    Visiting the Christmas show was stressful when pushing someone in a wheelchair. Had to queue for a very long time to use the disabled toilet. Spent ages looking for a working lift. Only when a lovely stall holder informed me the goods lift was being used as the lift broken. No signage to point this out and others complaining about this. Great food selections but as always seating was limited and the fight for a seat was a nightmare. Once you finish you have to leave straight away as someone else desperately wants to sit and eat their food. The singer was good whilst we were having something to eat. We didn’t buy anything as the crowds were too much and I lost count of the times my mum in the wheelchair got hit in the head by a handbag or someone’s rucksack. Was such a shame as it could have been a lovely day out. I missed out on parking but when I emailed Olympia to ask about parking I did receive a prompt response so thank you.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 23, 2023
  • thezine71
    London, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glimpses Into The Technological Future
    #iottechexpo was the buzzword and phrase at the event held at London’s Olympia on 30 November and 1 December to promote all things AI related and much more. The panel striking panel discussion was entitled Transformation and Talent : Building a Tech Workforce for the Future of IoT. Anna Brailsford as a moderator was bright and bold in her perspectives about tech The emotional connection between the brand and acquiring experiences in emerging disciplines such as AI development. Marlon Wilson - Transformation, Change and Inclusion Manager evokes energy in his determination to energise the next generation of Hackney to get enthusiastic about the ongoing technological revolution. Ghulam Rasool Transformation Lead Ford informed the audience to know that validating the desirable 'discoveries' to make product management functional. In other words more people should have accessibility to get skilled up to understand the progressive technological advancements from a grassroots level. The structure of any organisation has always been crucial to its visualisation and creating rhizomatic qualities to attract talent for the advancements of commerce. The ecosystem was in existence to create an atmosphere that people want to work in and it functions to go beyond the job specification. It is a special connection to produce open minded people working in such sincere ways.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written December 5, 2023
  • lou1232013
    468 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cake and Bake / Ideal Home Christmas
    We visited with free tickets to the cake and bake show, which was combined with the Ideal Home Xmas show. It was beautifully decorated for Xmas, a snow machine outside, a Santa inside and a life size Santa in cake. It was really crowded and hard to move around. They also need more toilets - although less of a queue if you use the ladies upstairs! Lots of stalls - but nothing different or usual, some were just irrelevant and weird - who wants double glazing or a doorbell for Xmas? Some stallholders like the paws one was rude because I don't have a dog! Cake and bake was better but again, nothing different! Some good demos on the two stages but you could not see what they were doing. Interesting couple of hours but really pleased we did not pay to get in!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • ap612016
    Enfield, United Kingdom27 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    We managed to obtain free tickets so we decided to have a day out. Unless there is something in particular you want, it is not for you. We found seating in the food area very poor. After spending several hours looking at stalls you want to sit down, have something to eat or drink. There was nice variety of food stalls but I didn’t buy anything because there was no where to sit, we saw several people reduced to sitting on the floor to eat their food. My husband brought some food and had to stand up to eat until someone vacated their table and we managed to get it. Even while eating several people came up to us to ask when would we be leaving. Not exactly relaxing. This could have been a nice day out, have something to eat, drink spend some money but we left early.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2024
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SGVK
United Kingdom28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
We visited Olympia today (25/11/22) for the Christmas Ideal Home Show and it’s the first time for me, my husband and we had our baby with us. To park near Olympia you do have to pay around £30 which for us with a 9 month old baby is easier as we have the pram and everything needed for her. When we got to the car park, it was quite run down and a lot of people parked across two spaces so it’s not really managed very well at all - I only hope someone who did pay didn’t have trouble finding a space. The walk to Olympia is less than 1 minute - if you can the train is probably better to go there as it’s literally opposite the road from the station. The people who manage the crowd outside are so good, they are so bubbly and helpful. We got in to the show and I have to say it was extremely busy and very hard to actually enjoy the stalls and what’s going on because most of the time you are busy trying to get through the crowd. It was much more difficult with a pram as people don’t even give you way - there were actually people who would speed up just to barge past us even after seeing the pram with our baby in it. There were more stalls upstairs and there was only one lift in the whole building to get up there for anyone who needed this (wheelchair access, prams etc). As a result, you could be waiting a while amongst a huge crowd of people also walking straight in to you. Once we got upstairs, it was mostly food and drink stands which looked great. We bought from one of them and although they were lovely people, what you pay at these shows are a total rip off especially if you know the cost of this stuff outside of the shows. We can’t say that we enjoyed ourselves. It is not family friendly so if you do visit, avoid bringing a pram (which is very difficult for any family with a baby). Bring food with you otherwise you will wait a long time trying to get something and if you do get something, you will probably have to sit on the floor like so many others I saw upstairs. The place was too busy and I can’t say we would visit again.
Written November 25, 2022
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thezine71
London, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Ever found yourself spoilt for choice at an Iberian food feast exhibition held at London's Olympia or when sampling cuisines, confectioneries and wines that are established brands from Italy and Spain. Italy and Spain are both revolutionary in making food and drink work well and taste absolutely delicious.
The delicious treats from these Latin region in Europe have had moments basking in June's sunshine and the pleasure to attend the exhibition was memorable. Despite the enduring strike held across the week, the theme of determination made each exhibitor, visitor and member of staff sure that the event should be held as scheduled.
I had three top place that I visited which were the joint stand of Peroni and San Pellegrino, Cassibba and Birra Porretti. Each stand were made me feel very welcomed and spoke to me about the origins of their products before they invited me to sample the wonders of them.
@San Pellegrino exudes modern drinking habit that can be enjoyed at anytime of the day. There is something extraordinary about enjoy beverages with such effervescence and elegance. The moments made by having these drinks around the table because San Pellegrino provides a great time without overspending wildly. Its existence is to believed for the fizz given to lives of the costumers.
Cassibba gave me biscuits to sample and I tried the ones named New Elite Line and Tocchi D'artista. In taste New Elite Line was cocoa based yet it was not overly sweet to eat. With which made the sweet treat extremely impressible to my taste.
I swear by the artisan craftsmanship placed upon the taste of Peroni. There was a choice between alcoholic beverage or to have an alcohol free option. During a sunny afternoon I could not ask for anything better than a chilled brew of beer. Salute #Peroni for making their hospitality unforgettable.
As a conversation starter I explained that 'Birra Porretti has been on offer at many stores and I have recently seen it on promotion at a well known supermarket with a Royal warranty.'
His response was simply laughter tinged with adoration as a brand ambassador for the alcoholic beverage. His next reflex was to pour me a glass of beer. It was a chilled brew to toast the success of the occasion.
After sampling some more beers and a few wines, I reconciled with myself that I had a day out at London's Olympia. Naturally I had a few slices of pizza but I predominantly enjoyed the condiments that went along with eating quintessentially Mediterranean cuisines.
Written July 21, 2022
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Halima
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
On the website when buying tickets it says (copy and pasted)

Adult: £26
Gains admission for one Adult to London Film & Comic Con on the Saturday of the event.

Yet when we arrived, with tickets. They are operating a one in one out queue system. They over sold tickets to make money with a complete disregard for customer experience. I am absolutely livid. What’s worse is they get away with it by not having a way to leave a google review which would be easy for anyone to see when searching to mistakenly buy tickets for this event.

We have been in the queue which could be now 300 plus people long for half an hour and a barrier has actually been placed at the front as they are not letting anyone in. This has been the same since we arrived. Yet everyone in the queue has tickets for entry today. It’s disgusting to be honest. I’m thoroughly disappointed with prioritising increased profit in ticket sales over whether or not the client base with tickets and who have had them for weeks or months can actually enter the venue. UNACCEPTABLE. I will be requesting a full refund. Disgusting from the organisers. Disgusting.
Written July 9, 2022
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Radders2106
Billericay, UK93 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Booked for a coach visit to the Christmas Ideal Home Show at Olympia.
Expected a Christmas themed ideal home show with loads of ideas for having a special Christmas with gift ideas.
What we got was basically a local market selling rip off fake Chinese tat at a high price as well as Hot Tub sales, Double Glazing, Teeth whitening, pain relief and back massage as well as massage chairs, garden furniture and gazebos. There were a few Christmas themed stalls. There were singers on a central stage but they were barely audible. We had people pestering us to make wills and donate to charity.
Very little seating on the ground floor.
Heading upstairs for the food stalls, we found a few genuine stalls such as birds of prey, and dog/cat food stalls. On the top floor were 4 or 5 kitchen gadget stalls. The rest being alcohol based stalls for gins and rums.
There were food stalls but these were overpriced. £15 for 2 small bits of beef in a Yorkshire pudding with a couple of chips a d a few little bits of veg or £15 for a cheeseburger, chips and drink.
We felt that the whole show was designed to fleece the public of money.
There could not have been any thought, checks or relevance to Christmas into the types of goods being sold.
Would I go again - NO. It was a rip-off. This was a thought echoed by the other people on the coach and some of the other visitors we spoke to at the venue.
Was it christmassy? Well apart from a sanatorium and MDF reindeer by the door and a couple of trees - no.
Very disappointed.
Written November 27, 2021
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In_Search_Of_Cake
Overton, UK315 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Not been since before Covid, so was really curious.

Looking at the other reviews made us more curious because it’s a real marmite year, you’re gonna love it or hate it.

Or both!

1st off I bought weekday tickets instead of weekend, do you think there was anyway to speak to a human being about it, eh no.
There’s an email query form, which send you an acknowledgement mail and that’s it, so for me this is a form of thievery.

So by happenstance we found a day to go, if not we would have lost money, so watch these ticket companies carefully make sure there is some way to contact them if needed.

Basically they need to change the name of this, it’s not an ideal home exhibition, it’s a fare of home related stuff.

There is really nothing there which showcases themes on what an ideal home is, so for example for this year why not a theme on smart tech, renewables helping people reduce their costs during this energy crisis, for me that is an exhibition, this was more a market.
One of the high street banks was there with a “green” mortgage which was an utter sham, there was nothing green about it except the colour ink used on the posters.

We bought a garden furniture set, which was awesome btw, salamis, rums, and some other bits, so it was fun in that respect, we saw people eating, drinking and socialising , pretty nice to see post covid.

The food court albeit, London, an exhibition and expensive was fun, we jumped from cookies, to noodles, to cocktails and fizz and oysters.

It was a day out, the day out gets 5 circles, because we made it what it was, the ideal home as an event needs an overhaul, a change of name, lower the price of the tickets, and find more exhibitor’s.
Written March 26, 2022
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Tracie7_988
London, UK48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
1st day of con went smoothly. 2nd day of con security staff outside were very miserable, and telling people to get close to each other in the entrance queue (because COVID doesn't exist anymore), and if you didn't get bunched up they whinged at you. Now my covid app has pinged 6 times since being there (all for Saturday 9th July). Toilets lacked toilet roll and smelt of pee. And considering the weather at the time, there weren't many drink vendors on site to suit the amount of people visiting.
Written July 12, 2022
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Tigeriffic69
Leyland, UK1,228 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was my first time here. I had tickets to attend the dragcon. The queuing system was a nightmare I queued for almost an hour to get in. The stage was small, and very crowded. You could not see anything on stage if you was more than 3 rows back, as people had their phones out filming etc.. I think there should be big screens around, so people can see whats going on, on stage. They ran out of merchandise really early on. I am glad I attended the dragcon, but I would not go to another one. The venue itself is like a massive warehouse.
Written January 28, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to comment. We appreciate any feedback that we receive. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Olympia London
Written January 29, 2020
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James T
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
A family ticket (standard entry) for the Saturday was bought by a family member as a gift. I arrived with children at around midday. Greeted by around 200 people already queuing. Was then told by security that the event was now operating ‘one in one out’ due to the event now operating at capacity. Meanwhile a further 100 people or so had queued behind us, with a mixture of adults and children. There had been no indication by the organisers that such a scenario would be operated at the event. Or I had known we would of ensured we arrived well before the event started. What was made worse was that the day was very hot with most people queuing in the sun. We decided to queue for around 30 minutes with no sign of the queue moving. Organisers should of been prepared for this eventuality and provided those in the queue with water bottles as a minimum.

Essentially, the event was poorly organised and poorly managed, with organisers knowingly oversold tickets which led to this debacle on the day.

I’ll be requesting a full refund, though I note that the organisers T&Cs don’t allow for refunds which makes the matter even more farcical and clearly indicates to me that profits are more important than the people that are supposed to be experiencing these events.
Written July 10, 2022
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MrT
Worcester Park, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I was fortunate (or not) to get free tickets to the show. Thank god these were free, had I paid, I would have been asking for a refund. I had visited the show many years ago and from what I remember, it was busy, full of new ideas and innovation and gadgets you didn't need, but it was entertaining to watch the demonstrations.

I have been thinking about a garden room and an extension on my house, I thought this would be the perfect place to find some inspiration and new ideas. It was a disaster, a lack of interesting new products to view, 2 garden rooms from the same company, which were not impressive. Companies selling bi-fold doors, CCTV systems etc. nothing interesting. Most of it was full of tasteless, tacky rubbish. In fact the upstairs section just looked like some market traders had popped in from EastEnders.

The show house looked depressing from the outside, and 'conker living....wtf... I can't believe someone has actually thought it would be a good idea and made something as hideous as that. The y should have tied them to ropes and smashed them against each other for entertainment. Waste of time.

As for the food and drink section, this was a tiny section upstairs, half of it taken up with overpriced, hot food stalls. With the remaining section just brownies and alcohol. Nothing inspiring and don't be fooled by the 'Special Show price', cheaper on Amazon.

So disappointed in this, I spent more time getting there than actually inside the exhibition. Someone should get fired for trying to charge people for that.

If I could have given this a zero rating I would have done,
Written March 22, 2022
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Richard S
Evesham, UK314 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited for the London Classic Car Show. The venue is easy enough to get to via London overground, and within easy walking distance from the station. The refreshment facilities are very poor, with overpriced unimaginative food, and nowhere apart from a few scruffy tables to sit down. The car show itself was good in parts, with the car stories theatre the stand out feature. The tribute exhibitions were generally interesting, but the preponderance of exotic cars scheduled for auction took up far too much floor space. A greater focus on true "classic" cars would have made the show more enjoyable.
Written March 4, 2020
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Hi Richard, Thank you for taking the time to comment. We appreciate any feedback that we receive. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Olympia London
Written March 6, 2020
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