This large exhibition centre in the Docklands area hosts trade shows and functions all year round. While much of the calendar is taken up by business conferences, networking events and even weddings, many others are open to members of the public. Past events have included Taste of Christmas and the London Classic Car Show, and in 2012 ExCel was part of the Olympic Games, hosting judo, boxing and table tennis matches among others. Although this stretch of the Docklands is still relatively empty where amenities are concerned, there are a handful of restaurants and pubs within a five minute radius of the centre. It’s easily accessible via the DLR, and for international visitors London City Airport is a five minute taxi ride away, if you’re lucky enough to find a flight that alights there.