Friday, 15 June 2012

Olympia

 


The Olympia Exhibition Centre is situated in West Kensington in the Post Code district W14. It is host to a number of regular annual events including the BBC Good Food Exhibition, The International Horse Show, Education Technology Show BETT and the National Franchise Exhibition, to name but a few.

The hall covers an area of 4 acres, the grand hall is 450 feet x 250 feet  ( 140m x 76m  ). At its time of completion it was the largest building in the UK to be covered by one psan or iron and glass.

 


Olympia was built as a replacement for the Agricultural Hall which was built in Islington in 1862. It was used as a venue for many shows and events and its success led to the demand for a larger site.

During the 1900's the Royal Tournament was hosted here. There are now three exhibition halls. The Grand Hall is without doubt the most impressive of structures. It resembles a railway station although it was always designed as a hall.

By the 1900s, Olympia was regularly hosting the Royal Tournament. Kensington station serves as the main tube station and main line entry and exit point. Earls Court Exhibition Centre is also within walking distance.

On August 30th 2008, The Chemical Brothers payed at Olympia.

Further information can be found at: http://www.eco.co.uk/

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