London Olympia

Olympia Exhibition Centre, London

The Olympia Exhibition Centre dates back to 1886 and as a result has some amazing internal architecture in the Grand Hall and National Hall that we are in awe of each time we visit. It also happens to be London's first multi-storey car park!

Situated to the west of London, it is in an excellent location in terms of transport links. With it's own designated tube station, and its close proximity to London Heathrow, it is not too far from Knightsbridge and an abundance of restaurants for some evening R&R.

Olympia now consists of 5 halls: Olympia Grand, Olympia National, Olympia Central, Olympia West and Olympia Conference Centre. They are each unique in their own ways and with that present their own considerations when working on your exhibition stand design. For example, the Grand and National Halls are ideal for large high structures in the middle ground floor sections, however the Victorian balconies around the perimeter can present height restrictions for exhibition stands positioned beneath them. The balconies themselves provide a wonderful view of the exhibition in the main hall, and if you are lucky enough to be positioned next to the barriers, you will have an eye on everything that is happening during the exhibition.

Old meets new when you enter the newly completed Olympia West Hall, with all the facilities you would expect and less considerations when designing your stand. This floor plan below will help you get your bearings:

How to get there

Being located in the heart of a capital city, access by all methods of transport are excellent.

By road, the site entrance is immediately off of the A315 Hammersmith Road, which is accessible from most directions via the M25, leaving at Junction 15 to join the M4 at junction 4a then east onto the A4 Great West Road, leaving this route just before Chiswick Flyover at Hammersmith. There is just one multi-storey car park at the venue, which has limited spaces so needs to be pre-booked. The daily rate for using this car park is normally around £28 (£48 for large vehicles).

By rail, Kensington Olympia Station is connected to the site, which is served by Southern Rail, London Overground services from Clapham Junction and Stratford and District Line underground services. There are regular direct services from Birmingham New Street, Northampton and Brighton.

By Air, Heathrow Airport is approximately 30 minutes via the Piccadilly Line, changing at Earls Court. Gatwick Airport is approximately 45 minutes by Southern Rail direct trains to Kensington Olympia, and London City around an hour via the DLR, changing to the District Line at Tower Gateway.

By Bus, there are seven local services that operate past Olympia every few minutes. These originate from Heathrow Airport, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Euston, Victoria, Charing Cross, Clapham Junction and Paddington Stations. There are also clearly-marked taxi ranks at every main entrance to the Exhibition Halls.

There are numerous hotels within a 15 minute walk of the Olympia site, including national chains and up to 5-star accommodation.

What facilities are there?

As one would expect from an international-standard facility, there are numerous locations where food and drink are available within the exhibition halls themselves. The choice ranges from coffee/snack bars through to restaurant service. In addition, there are numerous bars and restaurants in the surrounding area, most of which are open until 11pm. There are numerous entertainments nearby, from cinemas to live music venues. Plus, of course, the site itself is less than half an hour from the centre of London and all that has to offer.

Useful things to know when setting up

For set-up and breakdown days, a Traffic Marshalling System is via an on-line vehicle booking system. This needs to be done well in advance, and it is best to follow your exhibition organiser’s guidelines in order not to find yourself with limited time for unloading and set-up.

Major National Exhibitions held at the Olympia Exhibition Centre include:

The Ideal Home Show
UK Health Show
The Luxury Travel Fair
The Business Show
The Restaurant Show
The National Wedding Show
The Baby Show
The Independent Hotel Show
The British and International Franchise Exhibition
Brand Licensing Europe
National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition
London Wine Fair

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