London Highlights

If you have an extra day in the Capital, here's how to make the most of your visit to the venues at Olympia London.

London Highlights

Museums

Only minutes from Olympia London, South Kensington has some of the greatest museums in the country.

The Natural History Museum is fascinating, with a vast collection of specimens from the animal kingdom, whilst the building itself is an architectural landmark.

Around the corner is the Science Museum, covering all areas of science and technology. A truly inspirational place; it also has an IMAX cinema.

If you're interested in fashion and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum holds a stunning collection, with cutting-edge exhibitions to lovingly curated archives.


 

Shopping

Olympia London is ideally positioned to access the best shopping spots in the Capital.

Kensington is closest and collects well-known high street stores in one place, including the World's largest branch of Whole Foods. 

Upmarket Knightsbridge is next, with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street bringing you luxury brands and impeccable service. If you've got anything left to spend, the King's Road awaits. 

Just north of the venue is the famous Portobello Road, with a broad selection of markets selling antiques, food, fashion and second-hand goods. And for the true Notting Hill experience, combine your visit with diversion to the high-end fashion retailers on Westbourne Grove. 

Our pick of central London shopping would be Covent Garden. It combines cool brands such as Chanel, Mulberry and Apple, with contemporary restaurants including Balthazar, Shake Shack and J Sheekey. Add to this the culture and history of the market buildings, and it delivers the complete London experience. 


 

Parks

You can find an unbeatable spread of public parks and gardens and the best of them are close to Olympia London.

Go west from Olympia and over Hammersmith Bridge, and you'll discover a real surprise. Although not strictly-speaking a park, The London Wetland Centre is a nature reserve, and a haven of tranquility for both wildlife and people. It's a genuinely special day out.

Holland Park is also minutes from the venue - a lovely landscaped area with woodlands, fields, flowers and gardens. There are also a selection of sports facilities that can be booked online.

If size matters, Hyde Park, combined with Kensington Gardens, is a vast expanse of greenery in the heart of London. A number of pathways guide you in and around the space, to cafés, an art gallery and even the boating on the Serpentine lake.

Travel just half an hour from the venue and you'll reach the spectacular Richmond Park - the largest of the Royal Parks is home to the beautiful Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge and herds of Red and Fallow deer. 


 

Galleries

London is home to a fine selection of art galleries, and these are within easy reach of the venue. 

In Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column overlooks The National Gallery where the story of Western European painting is told through one of the largest collections in the world.

Next door is the National Portrait Gallery, featuring portraits of the most famous people in British history. Take some time to visit the roof-top restaurant and bar and you'll be treated to some spectacular views of the Capital.

Two more must-see galleries are on the banks of the River Thames. On the north side, in Pimlico, the Tate Britain holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day.

South of the river is the Tate Modern - the home of contemporary art. Housed in an old power station, it's worth visiting for the awesome building alone.




 

Attractions

There are a huge number of landmarks and attractions in the Capital. You can see a lot during your stay near Olympia London. 

The Royal Albert Hall on Kensington Gore is a marvellous sight. This striking concert hall was built in 1871 in honour of Queen Victoria's husband Albert. His memorial sits proudly across the road in Kensington Gardens.

Travel on, into town, and you'll reach Buckingham Palace - the home of the Queen. This grand, imposing building is surrounded by delightful parks and tree-lined avenues.

Go south through St James's Park and you'll reach Parliament Square. Three iconic sights await. The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. You won't know where to point your camera first!

As you continue down to the River the imposing London Eye will draw you onto the South Bank. This giant wheel was built to celebrate the new millenium and a ride in one of the pods will give you unbeatable views of the Capital. At the foot of the Eye is the London Aquarium with over 12 species of shark.

The Southbank Centre is further down. A collection of modern concert halls and galleries plays host to a huge selection of artists and it's the residence of The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Just next door is the British Film Institute and IMAX cinema.

If you're prepared to go even further into town, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London await. You can climb up the 271 steps to the dome of St. Paul's and visit the Whispering Gallery. It's a wonderful experience. The Tower of London offers engrossing displays of British history, as well as the opportunity to see the Crown Jewels. 

 

Enjoy your visit to Olympia, in the heart of London.