ExCeL London, which is an abbreviation for Exhibition Centre London was built by Sir Robert McAlpine and opened in November 2000. Since its opening the centre has undergone a L165m expansion which now ensures it is one of the largest exhibitions and conference centre in the United Kingdom.
Its location is the very desirable London Docklands with excellent transport links. The site lays very close, just 5 minutes, from the International London City Airport and just 10 minutes from the world famous business district of London Canary Wharf, in the heart of London Royal Docks. As well as the airport the location continues to be excellent for business travelers and visitors as on site has 3 DLR stations (Docklands Light Railway) and has extremely easy access to London Underground – the Jubilee Line is only 2 stops away on the DLR. In addition to this there is parking for over 3,700 cars.
There are 5 hotels on site ranging from the grand to budget all located just a couple of minutes from the venue. In addition to this there are numerous aparthotels situated within a 10 minute walk for the more “home from home” business traveler. As well as the on-site hotels and nearby aparthotels there are 100’s of well known hotels offering over 8000 rooms within a 15 minute walk. The hotels as well as being located close to the venue are also very close to some of Londons great attractions St Katherine Dock, Greenwich, The O2 and West India Quay.
The centre is also now pleased to home more than 30 bars on site which serve everything from cocktails to coffee. In addition to this there are numerous restaurants selling everything from Thai and Indian to the more traditional bar and grill.
Excel London has been host to a huge number of trade and consumer shows as well as private events. In particular the venue is well known for its exhibitions and conferences which include the World Travel Market, Carole Nash Motorcycle Show and the world famous London Boat Show. In April 2009 the centre was extremely proud to play host to the 2009 G20 London summit.