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“A perfect exhibition venue”
Review of ExCeL London

ExCeL London
Ranked #224 of 1,651 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: ExCeL London is home to a huge range of events, including two of the UK's largest exhibitions - The London International Boat Show and The British International Motor Show. Whether your passion is property or golf, diving or music, interior design or motorcycles, ExCeL London has a show that will inspire, excite, and entertain. We are situated at Royal Victoria Dock, within a 100-acre waterfront campus, which includes a variety of hotels, bars and restaurants. For information on staying over, eating and drinking, travel to the venue, or any other customer service enquiries, please visit our website or contact us via email.
Rolleston
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“A perfect exhibition venue”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We have been fortunate to visit Excel over the last few years, as the annual venue for the prestigious wine trade London International Wine fair, held each year in May.
Arriving at Excel is very easy, with a stop on the London Docklands Light railway right outside, linked by covered walkway. In the vicinity is a range of hotels, from chain Travelodge and Ibis to boutique hotels tucked in side streets. There are excellent restaurants nearby, and a pleasant waterside walkway facing the old docks. London City Airport is conveniently near, with its many European links.
The halls are huge, offering venues for many types of exhibition and fair, and entry is easy, with each hall having several entry points. The spaces are large, lofty, light, well ventilated and airy.
We enjoy visiting Excel much more than the older city centre exhibition spaces, such as Earl's Court or Olympia, as it is so much roomier and well laid out.
There is an excellent Riverside cafe on the ground floor, overlooking the water, with an outside terrace, and several places to eat in the wide entrance walkway. There are bank/cashpoint facilities and a luggage storage area for visitors who need it.

Visited May 2013
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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“Grand Designs Live”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Great travel links from Balham. Huge show, wish we could have got there for opening time but we still got round most of it and were very tired at the end of the day!

Visited May 2013
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Bangor, Co Down
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“Very good exhibition centre”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Very good facilities for exhibitors and visitors to events. Numerous cafe's, eating houses. Close to DLR station

Visited May 2013
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“ExCel London by car”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

For once decieded to take the car rather than the train -- so easy!
Very quick to get to, although we arrived at 10 am on a Tuesday the traffic was much less than expected and so easy to park!
However beware of the cost, using the Orange car park the cost was £15 for the day however split between the 4 of us not so bad and if we had left one hour earlier £10 would have been the costs. Check the site for upto date charges but currently it`s 2 hours £5, 6 hours £10, 15 hours £15 and 24 hours £20!
You also must pay and display, beware you need the correct money, the two machines i tried did not like my bank notes but it did like my credit card!
leaving at 5pm i was very worried about the traffic and whilst heavy getting around the North Circular, A406, and onto the M11 this was again much less hassle than parking at a train station and catching the train, quicker too.
Will i use the car again to go to the Excel center, well coming in from the East as i do i would most defintly say YES!

Visited May 2013
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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“It willhave to be a good exhibition”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Went to the stone show the exhibition was ok but the ambience at this place was so dreadfull it would have to have been very exciting to make uo for the surrounding It would be a good place to go for fans of apocalyptic science fiction films. Imagine traveling beyond the farthest reaches of human creativity or pleasure where evrything good and attractive has been destroyed and "modern" town planners have been able to create a world fit for office zombies
the building is beyond boring it is basically a hangar with bits of psuedo stylish tat attached
the inside is a corridor of breezeblack with some posters and corporate style catering offers dotted about. teh catering is as for a regional airport that isnt trying too hard. I had pasty and mash which was actually not bad but overpriced. It si hard to really enjoy eating in a corridor anyway. I tried the bar nearby but it felt just a slifeless as evrywhere for miles around empty corporate and drained of fun and joy and human life

I would still go to an exhibis hthere if it was definitely going to be really entertaining, but I woud a packed lunch and drink with me andget away as soon as it was over

Visited May 2013
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