New data has revealed that the number of events in London, UK is increasing exponentially. The data has been released by London & Partners’ meetings and events benchmarking partner, Venue Performance, and shows London venues increased the number of events they ran by 231% in September 2021, compared with August 2021.
London hosted an average of 12.6 events per venue in September 2021, compared to an average of 3.81 in August 2021.
The data shows that event planners are increasingly confirming forward bookings in London, revealing an average of 8.4 confirmed bookings per venue in September 2021 compared to 5.31 in July 2021, an increase of 58%.
Despite the pandemic, a range of new venue have opened across the capital in recent months. According to new research from the London Convention Bureau, 18 new hotels has opened in 2021 alone.
The new hotels have added 2,509 new rooms to the city, representing a 1.4% increase. Thirty-two percent of these rooms are luxury 4- or 5-star options, while 34% are in the budget end of the market
The news comes at a time when the London events industry has undertaken to improve its sustainability credentials.
Over the last 18 months, several hotels and venues have used quieter times during the pandemic to innovate and reinvent their offerings and integrate sustainability into everything they do, aligning with evolving customer expectations around green solutions. This has pushed forwards innovative solutions, from using reclaimed materials in design and maintaining living rooftops full of vegetables and bees, to planting trees in London’s iconic Hyde Park and using biodegradable cutlery.
“Fantastic to see”
Tracy Halliwell, director of tourism and convention bureau at London & Partners, said it was “fantastic to see event planners putting their faith in London”, as seen in the exponential growth of London events in recent months.
“London is a city that is constantly reinventing itself and it has been fantastic to see London’s venues and hotels turn their attention to redevelopment and sustainability during the last 18 months of huge challenge,” she said. “Thanks to these advancements and our fantastic host of new openings, I am confident that London will soon be back even stronger.”
ExCeL hosts 500,000
James Rees is executive director at ExCeL London, the city’s largest venue, and confirmed that the centre had returned to pre-pandemic levels of business. Since events have been allowed to run once more, Reese revealed that the venue has hosted 25 major events for more than 500,000 people. He said: “As the home of world-leading events, we are delighted to have returned to pre-pandemic business levels since reopening our doors earlier this year. Indeed, it’s very encouraging to see market confidence in the London events industry now flourishing.
“We have already successfully and safely delivered more than 25 major conventions and exhibitions in that time – welcoming some 500,000 international and domestic visitors and delegates through our doors – with a further 25 to come. We’re delighted that 11 of those events are new to ExCeL London including the recent 18th European AIDS Conference.”
Last month, it was confirmed the ExCeL would be increasing its floor space by a further 25,000sqm, with construction due to begin in 2022.