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Travel and Accommodations



SPE has secured preferential rates at a number of hotels onsite as well as in Canary Wharf and Stratford which are short commute away. The hotels include:


Star Rating

Aloft London ExCeL


Crowne Plaza London Docklands

4 star

Novotel London ExCeL  

4 star

Ramada Hotel and Suites

4 star

Ibis London ExCeL

2 star

Canary Wharf (10 Minutes to ExCeL) 

Star Rating

Hilton Canary Wharf  

4 star 

Hilton London Docklands Riverside

4 star

Stratford (15 minutes to ExCeL) 

Star Rating

Holiday Inn London – Stratford City

4 star 


This also provides details of how to transfer from these locations to the conference centre via public transport and a number of other hotels.

More hotel information »


Travel Information

Air Travel

London is one of the best connected cities in the world. With 4 main international airports:

Travel Times from the Airports to ExCeL:

  • London City Airport - 5 mins (car or taxi); 15 mins by DLR
  • Heathrow - 1 hour 20 mins (car or taxi); 1 hour 30 mins (public transport)
  • Gatwick - 1 hour 15 mins (car or taxi); 1 hour (public transport)
  • Stansted - 1 hour (car or taxi); 1 hour 10 mins (public transport)
  • Luton Airport – 1 hour 5 mins (car or taxi) 1 hour 40 mins (public transport)

The London City Airport is located 5-minutes from ExCeL by taxi or 10-minutes by DLR (Docklands Light Railway). The airport offers 350 flights per day, from over 40 international destinations.


London is connected by rail to all major cities in Great Britain. In addition Eurostar operate regular train services to Brussels and Paris operating from St Pancras International.

London's main rail terminuses are Charing Cross, Euston, Kings Cross/ St Pancras International, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Marylebone, Moorgate, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo.


For ticket information and train times we recommend you use the following websites:


The Jubilee Line is recommended as the quickest route to ExCeL and the ICC. Alight at Canning Town and change onto a Beckton-bound DLR train, for the quick 2-stop journey to Custom House for ExCeL (West) or Prince Regent for ExCeL (East) and ICC London.

Click on the link to download a tube map of London. ExCeL is highlight with a red dot. For ticket information, the quickest route and tube times we recommend you use the Travel for London website.


If your are travelling by car we recommend you contact the AA for information on planning your journey and 24-hour live traffic reports, by calling on +44 (0) 906 888 4322. You can also plan your journey using the AA Route Planner, and we recommend you use the following postcode E16 1DR if your using a Sat Nav.

For a map of ExCeL please visit www.streetmap.co.uk and search for ExCeL using the postcode - E16 1XL.


ExCeL offers on-site car parking for 3,700 cars. All onsite parking is pay and display, with the exception of the Royal Victoria multi-storey car park, which is located at the west end of the site. Parking in the Royal Victoria multi-storey car park can be paid for at one of the three pay points located within the car park at the end of your visit.

(The machines are located on level two and level zero and all machines accept both cash and credit card).

Click here to download the parking map.

ExCeL offers 158 disabled parking spaces, located within close proximity of the venue. Spaces are available to blue badge holders only and badges must be displayed at all times. For enquiries please call+44 (0)20 7069 4568 (within office hours).

The venue is located outside the Congestion Charge Zone but is included in the Low Emission Zone.

The Low Emission zone seeks to improve the air quality in the city by deterring the most polluting vehicles from driving in the area. For more information regarding the scheme, vehicle compliance and possible payment, please visit Low Emission Zone Information.

Parking across ExCeL locations is GBP 15 for up to 24 hours.

  • This tariff is applicable for the following locations - Royal Victoria multi-storey car park, Undercroft parking (Orange and Purple) and the East Car Park.
  • Please note the multi-storey and Undercroft areas only permit vehicles up to a maximum of 1.9 metres high. 
  • Motorcycles can be parked free of charge in any of the above locations.
  • Parking for disabled visitors is charged at the normal rate.

ExCeL also operate an additional tariff for lorry and coach park areas and these are charged as follows (costs based on 24 hour durations):

  • Transit Vans up to 3.5 T / Mini bus

GBP 20

  • Coach

GBP 30

  • Vehicles over above 3.5 T / Lorry

GBP 35

Pay and Display Machines

  • Please use the correct change as no change will be given or notes returned. For refund enquiries please contact traffic@excel-london.co.uk
  • ExCeL is a green venue and all pay and display machines will be found on stand-by. However, the machine will activate as soon as you insert your card or cash.


Thames Clippers (Connections by River):

Thames Clippers is the leading commuter boat service on the River Thames. Departures are available from all major piers, including The O2, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge, Embankment and Waterloo, every 20 minutes during peak hours (from 6am to 1am).

Ticket prices:

  • Adult Single: GBP 5.50
  • Oyster Card GBP 5
  • Travelcard (1/3 off): GBP 3.70

From the O2 visitors can use the Emirates Air-Line Cable Car for the quick 5-minute connection to ExCeL.