15 days to Christmas! The countdown is running fast, so let’s see today where you can go to feel the real Christmas atmosphere in London:
1. The Bankside Winter Festival (www.visitsouthwark.com) – outside Tate Modern – will open with an atmospheric lantern parade on Friday and it will host a rich calendar of events. Perfect position to take a walk and get into the goodwill atmosphere of the season.
2. The Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com) – in Hyde Park – is the biggest fair in town and offers free-to-enter events. Last year this winter park was a great success with more than 500,000 visitors. This time it has stalls, cafes, rides, a skating rink, a big wheel, helter-skelter and a 200ft toboggan snowslide.
3. The Tower of London Ice Rink (www.toweroflondonicerink.co.uk) is the perfect spot for people who work in the City and for the tourists who want to combine a skate with a visit to the Tower, Tower Bridge or the London Dungeons (just across the river). The ice rink will be open until Sunday 11th January (10am-10pm) – Prices: Adults £10 (£12 peak); Children £7.50 (£8 peak)
4. Trafalgar Square (www.london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare/events/xmas_carols.jsp) from Monday 8th December to Friday 19th December (from 5pm until 9pm) plays host to groups performing Christmas carols in the square, next to the traditional Norwegian Christmas Tree.
5. Carnaby Street (www.carnaby.co.uk) can be better for shopping than Oxford Street at this time of year: less people and more decorations. The street is perfect to start your Christmas shopping!
Hello! Are you looking for events in London? Would you like to organise an event here? Here you can find the 5 biggest and most famous venues in London:
- Alexndra Palace – This is one of the most versatile and visually unique venues in London. It is set within 196 acres of glorious parkland, the Palace features an extraordinary blend of Victorian splendour, fascinating history and modern technology.
- Barbican Centre – As the largest multi-arts centre in Europe it features art, film, music, theatre, dance and education all under one roof and under one creative direction. The Barbican comprises the 1,949 seat Barbican Hall, the 1,166-seat Barbican Theatre, the 200-seat Pit theatre, 3 cinemas, the 1,393 m² Barbican Art Gallery, a 2nd gallery; The Curve, 4,645 m² of foyers and public spaces, the Lakeside Terrace, a roof-top tropical conservatory, 7 conference suites, 2 trade exhibition halls, private function rooms and the 3 restaurants; Searcy’s, Waterside Café and Balcony Bistro.
- Earl’s Court and Olympia – This a privately owned company and its owners have a clearly defined vision for the future – to create a landmark leisure attraction centred around the core business of exhibitions, conferences and special events. Earls Court and Olympia have been hosting events since 1886 and 1937 respectively and now receive over 2 million visitors annually and generate more than £1.2 billion in business and tourism income. 25,000 companies exhibit there each year.
- ExCeL – This an international exhibition and conference centre, it is the host venue for a variety of events from award winning exhibitions and conferences to international association meetings, product launches, banquets, award ceremonies, sporting events and great days out. Situated in a stunning waterfront location, ExCeL London is located in the heart of London’s Royal Docks, within easy reach of central London.
- Royal Horticultural Halls – Situated in the heart of London’s Westminster, the two Halls and the Conference Centre have all been used for a variety of events including: exhibitions, banquets, conferences, examinations, fashion shows, festivals and fairs.
A significant element in growing a business is to attend events, conferences and exhibitions; Ideal for networking, it also gives you a chance to assess your competition and find new ideas and solutions. Meeting colleagues and people who deal in your field is very important for the success of your business: it makes for good public relations. Every week London and all of England offer new events aimed at different aspects of business.
In Yorkshire for today and tomorrow there is the Business North West; an event designed for company directors and entrepreneurs who run small and medium-sized businesses in England. It’s an important event to provide thousands of small businesses with information, advice and inspiration whilst offering several seminar programmes to provide training within a networking environment.
In London, on Wednesday 15th of October, the International M&A conference will be held in the prestigious Sofitel London St James: it will examine the benefits and practice of running a business abroad. Experienced speakers will look at all aspects of cross-border deal-making, from finding initial targets to post-acquisition integration.
To find out more about the next business events have a look at the main venues for these events in tomorrow’s post!