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ExCeL London

Convention Center and Event Space
Custom House
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  • Jeff C.
    "Skip the boulevard bar and grill."(4 Tips)
    Iva M.
    "Worldskills at excel!come people"(2 Tips)
    Laura Q.
    "Check which end your event is at and use the nearest DLR station."(2 Tips)
    Jane Y.
    "your phone in a secure locker"(2 Tips)
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  • pib w.
    pib webOctober 5
    Travel early so you can enjoy the ride on the DLR. All the food and drink is expensive at this venue but that's to be expected unfortunately. Do not use the wifi without VPN as it's hacker's paradise
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Nico M.
    Nico MillwardSeptember 20, 2014
    If you are looking for a great cup of coffee head to the DP coffee bars in the middle of the boulevard. Artisan pastries & good selection of sandwiches & Paninis.
  • MC M.
    MC MophutingSeptember 21, 2015
    One of the best and the biggest convention centre I've ever been to. I had a wonderful full week seeing the best Defence and Security Equipment
    Upvoted Oct 6
  • Mark P.
    Mark PoutFebruary 19
    We paid to get food from one of the random stalls around the place but there are (or at least were) these awesome little vending machines selling small salads quinoa etc! They were cheaper too!
  • Fernando E.
    Make sure you know which end of ExCeL you're going so you get off the DLR at the right station or else be ready to walk the place end to end
  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesNovember 23, 2015
    Absolutely huge venue with loads of shops and food places around. Great place to go for conferences as the venue inside is huge!
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SmythFebruary 22, 2012
    A superb venue for me, both as an exhibitor and a punter. Easy to get to and from as well be public transport of my own vehicle
  • Laura Q.
    Laura QuinAugust 16, 2014
    Check which end your event is at and use the nearest DLR station. The walk from one end to the other must be about a kilometre.
  • JOHN D.
    JOHN D'ELL-ROSSMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Meet at La Barrique between the Custom House DLR and the West entrance for great coffee, food, wine and free WIFI
  • Neil F.
    Neil FordMarch 16, 2013
    The non-chain coffee stands in the boulevard make nice coffee and are reasonably priced. The tea's not bad either.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallOctober 4, 2015
    Motorcycle parking is in the far parking entrance, 2nd level on the far right. Entrance is walking into N3 area.
  • Ismail M.
    Ismail MalikJune 29, 2013
    For food walk oit stright ahead royal emirates docks 3 minute walk amazing selection of food half the price..
  • Charles G.
    Charles GancarzNovember 14, 2012
    The main entrance is on the left as you walk over the bridge from the DLR station. There is an abundance of "no smoking" stickers that make it look as if you were not supposed to enter.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HodsonNovember 8, 2015
    Big center. Well organized. Use the bathrooms away from the center area. A lot less crowded.
  • JOHN D.
    JOHN D'ELL-ROSSMay 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best place to meet is La Barrique Wine Café between Custom House Station and ExCeL
  • STRIKE J.
    STRIKE JOBSMarch 24, 2014
    One of the best event place in London. Spacious and good transport connection. Read more
  • Crazycol
    CrazycolJune 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Large exhibition centre easy to get to and has places to eat if you have time.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoNovember 12, 2014
    Check if you need to go to the East or West part as you'll have to get out from the DLR at a different station
  • Iain M.
    Iain MacraeDecember 4, 2014
    Great for shows but allow enough time to get there. Food options are pretty reasonable.
  • Leonard H.
    Leonard HansonNovember 26, 2015
    If you want to sit down while eating, you're probably better leaving ExCeL and going to one of the restaurants nearby.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CryerJune 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wear comfy shoes and don't underestimate the length of the main boulevard!
  • Laura K.
    Laura KingNovember 16, 2011
    Check which door you need to be at - the DLR stops at the highest end, the lowest ends are a long walk away,
  • Rambo J.
    Rambo JohnNovember 13, 2014
    Lunch breaks get pretty crowded! Get off the DLR at Prince Regent if your event is on the East side of the building
  • Madebythechef
    MadebythechefMarch 22, 2015
    Huge and always good exhibitions. Plus great for transport.
  • Marisa A.
    Marisa Alexis1 week ago
    Everything is expensive here, but you get a decent Chicken Katsu curry from Chozen Noodle
  • ESPN
    ESPNJuly 27, 2012
    This place is MASSIVE. In total, there are five arenas, each hosting a different sport at the Games. You could stay here for-ev-er.
  • Waz E.
    Waz EApril 13, 2013
    Amazing cake by Callicious Cakes at the Cakes International show.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HoweJanuary 20
    Very well set up for huge numbers at big events. Didn't have to queue for anything. Well done, guys
  • Corrie B.
    Corrie BerryNovember 6, 2013
    Try out the Quayside Bar. Slightly expensive but almost guaranteed a seat and no queue for the loo.
  • Hyunjoo L.
    Hyunjoo LeeAugust 31, 2014
    Better to get off at Prince Regent. It's a long way to get to Capital Hall Excel from Custom House for Excel.
  • Tomer A.
    Tomer AriavJune 28, 2014
    Huge place. No restaurants but a great variety of take away food.
  • Phones 4u
    Phones 4uApril 16, 2012
    Phone signal can be poor at big venues so make sure you arrange a meeting point with your party in case you get separated.
  • Jane Y.
    Jane YoungSeptember 23, 2010
    There's a chargebox here so you can charge your phone in a secure locker while you're visiting the conference centre
  • JOHN D.
    JOHN D'ELL-ROSSMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Visit La Barrique Wine Café on the DLR walkway to Custom House station - it's lovely :-)
  • Marisa A.
    Marisa Alexis1 week ago
    Everything is expensive here. However, Chozen Noodle serves a decent chicken katsu curry.
  • Yonah E.
    Yonah EngelNovember 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Free charging stations inside the venue. The ones by the entrance cost money
  • Charleane V.
    Charleane VillanuevaNovember 23, 2012
    Massive place filled with lots of shops! Be careful not to get lost in there ;)
  • Tamsin A.
    Tamsin AMarch 13, 2011
    IFE fantastic for tasting lots of new and exciting products. Huge. Need all day here.
  • Zsolt B.
    Good for work, easy access with DLR.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BarberNovember 8, 2011
    Come and see Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on the Abu Dhabi stand at S6. The largest indoor theme park in the world
  • Swarmstrong
    SwarmstrongNovember 14, 2014
    Absolutely huge, nice complex though
  • Ant W.
    Ant WestAugust 29, 2015
    Coffee from Esther Maasdam Coffee is better than anyone else here!
  • Marco O.
    Marco OrlandoMay 18, 2015
    Location and nearby facilities better than the nec. Transport links are excellent too
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MartinSeptember 12, 2012
    Look out for the London Comic Expo, it is pretty massive!
  • Jojo
    JojoOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Massive convention areas but can get rather hot when busy
  • The Style PA
    The Style PAAugust 28, 2012
    Eat before you arrive. The options are slim and the prices are high.
  • Chaffro
    ChaffroMarch 17, 2015
    You could say that this venue is EXCEL-LENT! But only if you can't come up with a pun of your own.
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin O'DonnellOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    No hot fillings at the subway, plenty of takeaway eating choice though.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PerreaultOctober 20, 2015
    Nice place for a conference
  • Alex H.
    Alex HApril 6, 2012
    Bloody massive. The pizza place and Italian is good but the Subway here doesn't toast your sandwich! Avoid!
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