This one’s for the post-convention pubbers: above the Fox bar, a boozer in an old Victorian-era tobacco warehouse, sited right outside the west entrance to the convention centre and the place to go for drinks after the exhibition ends. The loft-style apartments upstairs – full of exposed brick, wood beams, big red-painted steel ceiling supports, leather sofas and spiral staircases – have their own kitchens, so are also great for slightly longer stays.
This vast convention-hub has hosted conferences, exhibitions and award ceremonies aplenty, from Miss World in 2014 to this year’s BBC Music Awards and the Pokémon European Continental Championships – among plenty of huge industry conferences. If you’re looking to stay in one of the best hotels near ExCel, chances are you’ll be attending one of them. Eating and drinking options inside the venue include restaurants such as the River Cottage Deli and the polished American-style Bridge Restaurant Diner and Bar, plus plenty of quick and easy lunch eats and sarnie places. Outside, there’s The Fox@ExCel for drinks and Yi-Ban Chinese and Vietnamese food, with particularly decent seafood. Transport to the City of London is easy, being just over 20 minutes to Bank on the DLR. Here's our pick of the best hotels near Excel.
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