Olympia London

Things to do, Event spaces West Kensington
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Olympia London

This Kensington event space, first opened 1886, includes the Olympia Grand and Pillar Hall and now has a range of contemporary facilities for big annual conventions like Ideal Home Show and the London International Horse Show.


Venue name: Olympia London
Address: Hammersmith Rd
W14 8UX
Transport: Tube: Kensington (Olympia)
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  • Until Sunday April 9 2017
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Tom Bruce

West Kensington's complex of grand Victorian exhibition halls has played host to a few pretty major events in its 130 year lifespan. Formerly the National Agricultural Hall and now known as London Olympia (whether named because of certain Olympic competitions which took place here or due to its founders and owners believing it to be comparable with the mountain of the Greek gods - a little arrogant, isn't it? - it is not quite clear), the buildings operate as wide open venues for such famous yearly events as the Chess Classic, the BBC Good Food show, and a video gaming exhibition I once went to in order to play a twenty minute demo of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Most recently, I went there for the London Veg Fest, which took place in the smallest of the four buildings. 

Transport links are fantastic, with a dedicated joint overground-tube station at the main Olympia Grand venue, but depending on which bit you have to go to a little extra walking - or getting out at West Kensington station  on the opposite side of the Olympia stop - might be necessary. It's pretty big, resembling a palace more than a place of temporary pop up conventions and shows, so it isn't hard to find. Can't miss it. That said, it can take an age to walk around to find the appointed entry place for your particular event.