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.
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