Why London? 
Tracy Halliwell MBE, director of major events and business tourism at London & Partners
Did you know?
+ You can host your event in a former prison: the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built in 1066 and is one of London’s oldest buildings. From fortress to prison, the building has an incredible history and provides a great backdrop to any event.
+ The Tanks, one of the major new event spaces at the newly built Tate Modern extension, Switch House, is where oil used to be stored when the museum was still a power station. Today it is the world’s first gallery space to be dedicated to live art and a venue which can accommodate up to 600 people.
+ The Great Room at Grosvenor House (a JW Marriott Hotel) was initially built as an ice rink, which is where Queen Elizabeth II learnt to ice skate. Today, the five star hotel offers 496 guests rooms and 31 event spaces.
Where to meet?
As the convention bureau for the city, we work with over 130 venues partners including several dedicated conference centres.
+ The QEII Centre is located in the heart of Westminster, just a short walk from the Houses of Parliament. The venue has more than 25 versatile event spaces available and can accommodate up to 1,300 delegates.
+ ExCeL London is the city’s largest exhibition and convention centre and can accommodate over 30,000 delegates. This is where the European Society of Cardiology and the European Respiratory Society congresses took place.
Where to stay?
London has over 1,500 hotels and around 140,000 bedrooms. Fourteen per cent of those are in three star properties, 36 per cent in four stars, 12 per cent in five stars. Recently opened properties include Hilton London Bankside, InterContinental – London The O2 and citizenM Tower of London.
How to get there?
London has six international airports with direct connection to over 395 cities around the world. The capital is also a short train ride from continental Europe thanks to Eurostar.
Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?
Our team of experts offer free and impartial advice and assistance to all professionals interested in hosting an event in London.
This means working collaboratively with local associations, conference organisers and venues to put together compelling bids.
Once the congress is secured, we can provide support and guidance to choose appropriate venue, hotel, professional conference organizer and destination management company. We can help secure room blocks for congresses over 1,000 delegates, put together group discounts on travel to and within London and create bespoke delegate offers.
Whom to contact?
w w w. londonandpartners. com