Exterior of Olympia Grand as seen from Kensington (Olympia) station
|Former names||National Agricultural Hall|
|Owner||Consortium including Yoo Capital, Deutsche Finance Group, Bayerische Versorgunskammer and Versicherungskammer Bayern Group|
|Opened||26 December 1886|
|Architect||Henry Edward Coe|
The venue is home to a range of international trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and events.
The nearest railway station is Kensington (Olympia) which is a London Overground station, a London Underground station and a mainline rail station. The direct District Line spur to the station only runs on weekends.
In January 2013, a £40 million investment was completed and the company re-launched with a new brand; subsequently the business was awarded the Best Marketing Campaign at the Exhibition News Awards 2014.
- The International Motor Exhibition was held annually at Olympia from 1905 to 1936
- The 1st World Scout Jamboree was held at Olympia from 30 July to 8 August 1920
- Jimi Hendrix Experience on 22 December 1967
- Status Quo played on 31 December 1975
- Procol Harum played on 1 January 1976
- Bad Company played on 2 and 3 January 1977
- Rod Stewart performed on 14 and 15 January 1977
- Eubank v Stretch at the WBO Middleweight title battle, 18 April 1991
- The Cure performed on the 26th,27th,28th,30 November 1992
- Smash Hits Awards held at Olympia London on 6 December 1992
- Eubank v Holmes at WBO super middleweight class, 20 February 1993
- Fairuz played on 11 and 12 March 1994
- Eubank v Jose Carlos Amaral at the WBO Super-middleweight Championship, 9 July 1994
- Spencer Oliver v Serge Poilblanc at WBO fight, 12 July 1997
- ATP tennis held from 3-6 December 1998
- 3rd Mind Sports Olympiad held 21-30 August 1999
- Miss World 49th Pageant held on 4 December 1999
- Naseem Hamed v Vuyani Bungu at WBO featherweight title battle, 11 March 2000
- MOVE IT annual dance event, first held 2005
- Chemical Brothers played on 30 August 2008
- Vivienne Westwood hosted a catwalk show for London Fashion Week in Olympia London, 21 February 2009
- Bloc Party played at Olympia London on 11 and 12 May 2009
- Gavin Rees v Colin Lynes at Prizefighter light-Welterweight battle, 2 December 2009
- Primal Scream performed on 26 and 27 November 2010
- Got to Dance aired from Olympia London on 29 January 2011
- Darren Barker v Domenico Spada in the WBO European Middleweight title, 30 April 2011
- Doctor Who Experience was held from 1 January to 22 February 2012
- Got to Dance final aired live in March 2012 and 2013
- Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 Europe, the first Hatsune Miku concert in the UK, 8 December 2018
- Olympia Beauty is an annual beauty event which first was held at Olympia in 2004
- RuPaul's DragCon UK, an expo of drag culture which will be held in January 2020.
- A mass meeting of Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists was held at Olympia on 7 June 1934 which resulted in clashes with their Socialist and Communist opponents and much press comment.
- A European Parliament election rally of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party was held at Olympia on 21 May 2019 despite the owner's objection to their policies.
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- "Olympia Beauty - Home". www.olympiabeauty.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
- "RuPaul's DragCon UK Was Just Announced! | What A Drag Blog". What A Drag. 8 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
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