Event Management, Exhibitions and Entertainment

A Night on the Town?

London is in the top three destinations for theatre, music, comedy and dance along with Paris and New York.

It is assumed that project management people interested in this sector are in fact more interested in how the events are put together and the venues are managed rather than the content of the events themselves.

There are royal events and civic pageantry with splendour – with planning, logistics, rehearsals and events with security aspects – daily, annual and occasional.

There are many concerts and music festivals in the open air in summer months.

The theatre scene in London is particularly strong – with West End shows with West End production values and prices; with a whole range of lower priced theatres, clubs and shows; with some rather special ones at which to laugh, cry or cheer such as the Players Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, the Globe and Regent Park Open Air Theatre.

And there are Museums, art galleries and historic houses throughout London with fixed and touring events and exhibitions – see section on Places to Visit.

Event venues include:

  • football stadia (when not playing football);
  • Earls Court;
  • Olympia;
  • Wembley Arena, conference Centre and Stadium;
  • ExCel;
  • the O2 Arena;
  • the Barbican, EC2Y;
  • Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Westminster, SW1P ;
  • Business Design Centre, Islington, N1;

and others…

London events that require event / project management include:

  • London Marathon;
  • the Boat Race;
  • Trooping the Colour;
  • Lord Mayor’s Parade;
  • Notting Hill Carnival;
  • Pride Parades;
  • Chelsea Flower Show – at Ranelagh Gardens;
  • visits by heads of states; etc..

Fixed exhibitions include such as:

  • Madam Tussauds,
  • London Planetarium,
  • London Dungeons,
  • Baker Street for Sherlock Holmes,
  • and Warner Brothers Studio Tour for Harry Potter in Leavesden.