The building of Londons Royal Docks introduced a new world of commerce to the capital. The docks drew produce and people from all over the world; they survived the bombings of World War II but the final challenge was the creation of containerised cargo.
This far more efficient method of moving goods required much larger ships that could not navigate down as far as the Royal Docks. Gradually the Royal Docks business fell into decline. Despite the difficulties, they survived longer than any other upstream docks finally closing to commercial traffic in 1981.
ExCeL London has been at the forefront of the regeneration. Sitting proudly by Royal Victoria Dock, ExCeL is bringing trade and industry to the docks, generating over £2.3 billion of economic impact for the British economy.
The exhibition building itself consists of two column-free, rectangular, subdividable halls of approximately 479,493 square feet (approximately 44,546 m²) each, on either side of a central boulevard containing catering facilities and information points.
There are also three sets of function rooms, one overlooking the water, another above the western end of the central boulevard, and the third on the north side of the building. These are used for smaller meetings, seminars, presentations, and corporate hospitality. There are six hotels, more than 30 bars and restaurants, plus 3,700 parking spaces on the campus.
Capital Catering and Event Hire are proud to deliver catering equipment and exhibition furniture to the exhibitions and conferences held at ExCeL London. Take a look at some of the upcoming exhibitions we'll be serving here.