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Olympia - a major exhibition complex in West Kensington - stands on the site of a former vineyard, and it predates its partner, Earls Court, by more than fifty years. Olympia's Grand Hall opened its doors on Boxing Day 1886 with a performance by the Paris Hippodrome Circus. This led to a tradition of circus at Olympia, with visits from famous troupes such as Barnum & Bailey and, later, Bertram Mills, which staged shows into the 1960s. From the outset, Olympia matched its entertainment spectaculars with important exhibitions: in 1905, the first big international motor show was presented there. The venue became so successful that adjoining buildings were added, the National Hall in 1923 and the Empire Hall (now Olympia 2) six years later. Today, Olympia is a world-class exhibition centre staging something like 170 conferences and events every year, from the London International Horse Show and the BBC's Good Food Show to musical jumble sales and exhibitions of erotica. The owners are currently planning to build a gym and health club in the complex, with further possibilities for a new hotel, restaurant and offices. As a bonus, Olympia is close to the excellent shopping opportunities of Kensington High Street.




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Russell Court Hotel (0.09 miles)

Russell Court Hotel
New in 2011, Russell Court Hotel is located in the centre of London, just 100 metres from Kensington Olympia underground Station, Kensington Olympia, Earls Court Exhibition Centre and Westfield Shopping Centre. The 20 en suite ... More | visit website
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Holland Inn Hotel (0.11 miles)

Holland Inn Hotel

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The Holland Inn Hotel is a beautiful 2 star hotel in London, situated close to the Earls Court & Olympia Exhibition Centres. This fully refurbished hotel offers all the facilities ... More


The Hand and Flower (0.14 miles)

The Hand and Flower

The Hand and Flower in Hammersmith is a large Victorian pub that has recently been refurbished to gracefully combine a contemporary style with the traditional features you would expect from a pub that is over ... More

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Access Kensington Olympia (0.19 miles)

Access Kensington Olympia
Our Richmond Court based studios and apartments are within close proximity to the major cultural and commercial areas of the city, besides they are strategically located in front of the largest exhibition and conference centre ... More | visit website
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Centaur Hotel (0.25 miles)

Centaur Hotel

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Extending you with a warm welcomeWe are devoting our time and energy in ensuring that your stay in London is both comfortable and enjoyable. We take care and pride in ... More

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Westfield Hotel (0.28 miles)

Westfield Hotel

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This popular hotel is situated in central London, offering spacious and elegant accommodation with traditional decor.
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Avonmore Guest Accommodation (0.30 miles)

Avonmore Guest Accommodation

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Privately owned and run hotel, a winner of a national Award for the best private Hotel in London organised by 'AA'. Within easy walking distance from West Kensington Underground Station and ... More

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Hotel Olympia Rooms (0.33 miles)

Hotel Olympia Rooms
Olympia Rooms is a newly refurbished hotel we are conveniently located in Kensington with easy access to Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition centres, Harrods, the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert museums, Knightsbridge, Kensington ... More | visit website

YHA London Holland Park (0.47 miles)

YHA London Holland Park
Overlooking Holland Park, just off Kensington High Street and near the Royal Albert Hall. Feel the history in the heart of elegant Holland Park. One wing of the hostel is a former Jacobean mansion, built in ... More
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Think Earls Court (0.49 miles)

Think Earls Court

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With 338 apartments Think Earl’s Court is set to become the accommodation of choice for West London. Perfect for leisure and business travellers alike, approximately 90 apartments will be released ... More

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