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Written by Luke Bull - 21 May 2024

Our 10 favourite exhibitions centres in London

With the Capital sprawling far and wide, there are many exhibition centres to choose from in London. Initially, choosing an exhibition centre might not sound like the most exciting venue type, when in fact, there are many great spaces in London at your fingertips.

Whether it is a space under a railway arch or a Grade II listed hall, there are a variety of venues. Both large and small, old and new there is an exhibition space waiting for you.

So, without further ado, here are our favourite exhibition centres in London.

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The Pelligon London
The Pelligon London

1. Architectural bliss in Canary Wharf: Pelligon

Canary Wharf, London

Evoking the glass-vaulted pavilion of New York’s iconic Winter Garden, The Pelligon brings some architectural relief to the monotonous sprawl of Canary Wharf’s many, many, square box towers. The crystalline arch sits overlooking the South Dock, with Cesar Pelli’s modern design cutting quite the figure.

Inside is as impressive, the expansive main hall is bathed in light, with the arched ceiling generating a feeling of grandeur that transfers effortlessly onto your event. With a capacity for 750 guests, Pelligon ticks the box for a London exhibition centre and checks a few more alongside that.

exhibition london
exhibition london

2. A Grade II listed exhibition centre in London: Exhibition London


Exhibition London is a restored Grade II listed building, which hosts a variety of events, right in the heart of White City.

Spread over two floors, Exhibition London provides a pallet and paintbrush for you and your brief, so that you can create your bespoke event in their large and industrial spaces.

The Ground Floor offers 496 square metres of space, occupied with a reception, foyer and a bar. This space is furnished with timber and brass finishing and decorative lighting. The simple interior provides opportunities for personalised events.

The First Floor provides 775 square metres of space to host any event, whether corporate or personal. As your guests enter, they will immediately notice the high ceilings with exposed roof trusses and original crane structure.

There is space for up to 1000 guests to host your next event.

It is just a short walk from Wood Lane station.

convene london exhibition
convene london exhibition

3. 37,800 sq ft exhibition centre in London: Convene


At 22 Bishopsgate in London, Convene offers a great space for any exhibition.

With 37,800 square feet of dedicated meeting rooms, this venue is suitable for all types of events for up to 406 people.

Every space comes fully equipped with built-in technology, full-time production, IT and a team of staff who are there to help you with any queries or requests.

With plenty of contemporary rooms varying in size, there will be somewhere to host your next event at Convene's exhibition centre. From training workshops to business launches, any event is provided for.

It is just a short journey from Monument station.

central hall westminster
central hall westminster

4. A grand conference centre in London: Central Hall Westminster


No matter the size of your event or the requirements, Central Hall Westminster pride themselves on accommodating anyone.

There are a variety of spaces available for large and small events, ranging from 60 to 2,400 guests to host.

The Great Hall has high, decorative ceilings and plenty of space, any event will be suitable. Central Hall Westminster provides many different options for food and drink and are entirely flexible to your requirements and needs.

It is just a short walk from St James’s Park Station in London.

business design centre exhibitions London
business design centre exhibitions London

5. A carbon neutral exhibition centre in London: Business Design Centre


Suitable for event types varying from conference meetings to networking is the Mezzanine and Ground at Business Design Centre.

This exhibition venue has plenty of room to host any event. The Mezzanine is 2000 square metres of space and the Ground offers a further 500 square metres. In other words, The venue is huge and can host up to 1500 guests.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to catering, with the Business Design Centre partnering with The Good Eating Company.

This venue is also focused on sustainability, celebrating 10 years of being carbon neutral.

This is all just a short journey from Angel station in London.

sea container events exhibitions london
sea container events exhibitions london

6. An exhibition centre with a view of London: Sea Containers Events


To book the whole 13th floor exclusively for your event, Sea Containers Events is an exhibition venue near Black Friars in London.

With space for up to 600 guests, there are many spaces to enjoy from Cucumber to Sunset. Whether it be a corporate event or a summer party, Sea Containers Events caters for any event, with chefs who create flavoursome and creative dishes from seasonal and sustainable produce.

Sea Containers Events will work with you to create your own bespoke event.

It is just around the corner from Blackfriars station.

unit x the stables london exhibitions
unit x the stables london exhibitions

7. An industrial exhibition centre in London: Unit X


Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Unit X provides any exhibition for any event in London.

The Stables at Unit X, is both a contemporary and an industrial space which sprawls over two floors.

With 4500 square feet of space and a courtyard, this venue strives to fit any brief, whether it be a tailored business event or an immersive art exhibition.

Unit X have highly skilled chefs and drinks specialists who will curate your requirements for your events.

It is just a short walk from Covent Garden Station.

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8. An exhibition centre with royal roots in London: King George III


This highly esteemed venue is situated on the previous site, the Whitbread Brewery, where many Royals visited, even Queen Elizabeth II.

This exhibition space in London, which was named after King George III's visit in 1787, is a historical venue, featuring period lighting, exposed brickwork and a barrel-vaulted ceiling.

The Brewery has award-winning chefs who work alongside local suppliers to curate seasonal menus. The Chefs can create bespoke menus to your own event requirements.

King George III, The Brewery is suitable for all sorts of events for up to 700 people.

It is just a short journey from Moorgate station in London.

hoxton arches exhibition london
hoxton arches exhibition london

9. A exhibition centre in London suited to any event: Hoxton Arches


Situated in the heart of Shoreditch, Hoxton Arches is a venue palatable for any event.

This venue was converted from railway arches, where its industrial heritage still occupies the space.

This exhibition venue is suited to any event.

With 2500 square feet to host an event in, Hoxton Arches will fulfil your brief. Whether it be hanging original art as decoration for your event or getting the right furnishings, you will have a tailor-made experience.

It is just a short walk from Hoxton station in London.

old billingsgate exhibitions london
old billingsgate exhibitions london

10. An exhibition centre in London with 3 unique spaces: Old Billingsgate


With the choice of three unique spaces to hire separately or in conjunction, this exhibition venue in London will suit any event.

The Grand Hall is Old Billingsgate Largest Space, featuring a triple-height ceiling and a mezzanine. This space also offers a Terrace and sky-lit ceilings. Not to mention great views. This space is suitable for large events hosting up to 1,800 guests.

The Gallery is a contemporary space, with arching beams allowing sunlight to flood the room. This venue comes with two break-out rooms and a reception area, all of which accommodate up to 500 guests.

The Vault is the Old Billingsgate hidden vicinity, with exposed brickwork and vaulted ceilings. This space is suitable for any event hosting up to 600 guests.

Old Billingsgate is just a short walk from Monument station.

The best exhibition centres in London

Ready to plan your next expo, conference or networking event? London has no shortage of impressive exhibition centres ready to inspire your guests. Whether you're looking for an intimate exhibition room near you or the largest arena in London, we've got the best ready for you to browse and book. If you need some ideas for where to have your next event, check out our comprehensive collection below. We've got everything from unique, creative spaces to huge venues with all the facilities you need for a successful event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London venues respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire an exhibition centre in London

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect exhibition centre. Getting the venue finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in London.

Frequently asked questions

For exhibition centres in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here is an extra special one that we vouch for:

OVO Arena Wembley – This venue is iconic for a reason. With space for up to 3000 people, and tons of floor space, this is a versatile exhibition centre that's bound to impress your guests.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of hiring an exhibition centre. Exhibition centres will be well-appointed so will include facilities, but some things cost extra. It all depends on how many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon or an evening? Are you looking for catering? What about decorations? The good news is that you can find an exhibition centre for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a London exhibition centre. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best exhibition centres in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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