How The Iconic London Venue Has Evolved

Over the past ten years, ExCel London has gone from strength to strength under the ownership of ADNEC.

ExCel London has become such an integral part of London’s events landscape, and it’s hard to imagine a time without it. The venue is celebrating an important milestone this month – the tenth anniversary of its acquisition by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC). During that decade the venue has evolved into one of the best exhibition and international convention centres in the world, and regularly plays host to some of the biggest and most exciting events. So let’s take a look back at the last ten years, and see what the future has in store.

A new era

When ADNEC took over the ExCel centre, it was to be the start of an incredibly exciting period of expansion and development. This included the addition of 35,000m2 to the existing event space, and the creation of the International Convention Centre. This convention space included Europe’s largest auditorium alongside meeting rooms and banquet spaces. ADNEC invested £165 million in making ExCel a world class venue, and when the work was completed in 2010 it was clear that it was worth every penny.  

High profile events

ExCel has hosted many incredible events during the past ten years. In 2009, just a year after it was acquired by ADNEC, it was chosen as the location for the G20 summit, This was notable for being the first overseas visit of the newly elected President Obama. In 2011 it then hosted WorldSkills, the biggest vocational education and skills event in the world. In 2012 it was a London Olympic venue, and hosted 7 Olympic and 6 Paralympics events for 1.5 million visitors. Since then it has hosted huge events like HPE Discover London and the ESC Congress.  

What’s coming up

The future is bright for the ExCel centre. It is set to host a huge variety of events in 2018 including Cloud & DevOps World 2018, Internet of Things World Europe 2018, New Scientist Live, MCM London Comic Con and the National Wedding Show. These are events with a huge presence, and they attract guests from all over the country. The Elizabeth Line is set to come to Custom House station in 2018 too, which will allow up to 18,000 guests per hour to visit the ExCel centre.

Make an impact

If you’re going to be exhibiting at the ExCel centre, then it’s important to make your mark. This is a venue that attracts guests from all over the globe, and there is no better place to showcase your product or service. If you’re looking for a way to stand out from your competitors, coffee machine hire for exhibtions is a great way to attract guests throughout your time at the ExCel. After all, who doesn’t like a hot drink and a chat? You’ll be the most popular exhibitor in London! However, ExCel, like many events venues, charge a corkage fee (ExCel currently charges £425/day), so you need to take this into consideration before booking.

There’s no better exhibition venue in the UK

The ExCel centre has really benefited from the investment of the ADNEC over the last ten years. It’s been able to host a much larger range of events, and has even welcomed the greatest sporting event on earth – as well as some of the most influential politicians. So what better place could there be to introduce your brand to the world?