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Things to do near the Excel London

Written By Aisha Fisher 04 Dec 2019
Things to do near the Excel London

The ExCeL Centre, located in the Royal Docks, just ten minutes from Canary Wharf London, hosts an eclectic range of international trade and consumer events every month. The ExCeL centre was built by Sir Robert McAlpine in November 2000 but opened in 2008 as the ExCeL exhibition centre we now know. Since it’s opening, the ExCel centre has been home to exhibitions, conferences, weddings, religious events and even was home to some major sporting evenings in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The ExCeL is served by two Docklands Light Railway Stations (DLR) so getting to the centre couldn’t be easier! 



Heading to a new area of london for a conference or meeting can be daunting, and you may be left wondering what there is to do in the surrounding areas. Keep reading to find out our top 5 things to do near the ExCeL Centre and how you can stay entertained whilst in the area! 




Experience the bright colours and vibrant flavours of traditional Jamaican food at our fine dining Jamaican restaurant based in the heart of the city. With a wide range of traditional Jamaican dishes, our range of fruity cocktails and live music, Ayanna’s London is the perfect destination for your date night, corporate meal or even your girls night out. Browse our menu and join us for dinner next time you find yourself at the ExCeL, we would love to have you! 



The Emirates AirLine is a cable car which offers customers a 360degree view of London. Travel over the Thames, between the Royal Docks and Greenwich Peninsula and spend the 10 minute journey observing your surroundings and the breathtaking sights of London. The carts reach heights of 90 meters and if you have a spare evening and are wondering how to spend it, it is a great way of taking in the sights of London either on a sunny evening or a crisp winter's morning. The airline is now also running a new night flight experience which includes later opening times, longer flight time and music and video entertainment, giving you more time to sit back, relax and witness London at night. Cabins can fit up to eight people so get your family and friends together and experience the journey together. 


Why not explore the surrounding areas and take a trip over to the Royal Docks, some on London’s most historic and unique water space, spreading over four kilometers long. This water space was once the largest enclosed docs in the world and today this space has transformed into a fun and exciting destination for living, working and playing! 

The Royal Docks are now home to a wide range of restaurants, bars and events and the new developments have all focused on continuing the story and history of the traditional docks, the combination of old and new makes this area really special! Be sure to check it out if you are in the area. 





Brick Lane Music Hall is a must-visit whilst in the area if you are looking for an evening of entertainment. Named after its original home in the heart of Brick Lane, this totally unique venue has now found its forever home in London Docklands. The venue offers a range of shows and there is certainly something for everyone, with traditional music hall bills, as well as fresh and modern production shows with current day material. If you are looking to experience a fantastic English tradition, which is being kept alive by the Music Hall, then head to The Royal Docks for an evening of music, production and dancing! 



     5. UP AT THE 02 

Are you an adrenaline junkie, looking to get that heart beating fast whilst also enjoying some breathtaking views of the city? Then this activity is certainly for you. The famous London attraction, the 02 arena, offers customers the opportunity to scale and climb over the building on a 90 minute walk. Become an explorer and see the 360 sights of historic Greenwich, The Olympic Park and Canary Wharf! There is no better way of viewing this side of the city! 

Those were our top 5 picks of things to do near the ExCeL centre, so next time you find yourself in this part of London, be sure to follow this guide and ensure you are making the most of your time in the city. From sightseeing, to delicious food and cocktails, there is something for everyone! What do you think we have missed from this list?! Let us know!