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Change of venue - moved from Earls Court to ExCel in London

Discussion in 'FanForce: Conventions Europe' started by CarolynNC, Nov 22, 2006.

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  1. CarolynNC

    CarolynNC Jedi Master star 3

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    [link=http://www.starwars.com/community/event/celebration/news20061122.html]News release on Starwars.com[/link]

    Note - I editted the title to add more info. LAJ
     
  2. Jairen

    Jairen Manager Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    That has a major impact on those that have already booked hotels.

    It was interesting to note that tickets and hotel packages are going to be available at the end of November.
     
  3. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Master star 7

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    I've never even heard of ExCeL. Where is it in London anyway?
     
  4. johnny124

    johnny124 Jedi Youngling

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    Its on the Docklands Light Railway - not too far from the tube, and easy enough to get to. Its where some conventions are held already (londonexpo)- I've been once and it was an ok place.

    Edit: some hotel info here

    http://www.londonexpo.com/hotels.shtml
     
  5. Whim_of_the_Whills

    Whim_of_the_Whills Jedi Youngling star 3

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    It's about 10 mins out of Strafford - opposite end of London to Earls Court.

    It is a much better venue though, no doubt - more space, more open and more facilities.

    Total sympathy for those who booked hotels near Earls Court though - talk about pain in the butt!
     
  6. skywalker_1982

    skywalker_1982 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I have never known any convention to change venue just like that
     
  7. edgejedi88

    edgejedi88 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Please note that apparently within the next 14 days there will be hotel packages available for CE.

    * sits tapping feet and wonders why they didnt do it all at once...?
     
  8. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    That's a pain in the butt. Earls Court was close for me. ExCel is clear across London. That'll be a long train/tube trip.
     
  9. gaiatha

    gaiatha Jedi Knight star 5

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    At least some news about CE.
    If it's really for the sake of more space I'm all for it.

    So sorry for the people with hotel reservations.
     
  10. Enji

    Enji Jedi Master star 6

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    Well I like more space! :D

    So, I guess the banner in here needs to be modified? ;)
     
  11. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Looks like it. Maybe timbolton can get one of the Fan Force banner makers to do one. I'm crap at banners so it won't be me.
     
  12. skywalker_1982

    skywalker_1982 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Well I made a reservation for the hotel near earls court so I shall have to cancel it.
    I am not so much fussed about where it is in london cause getting around is not a problem its just the fact today we find out not only theres a venue change but packages will be available as from the end of november which is only next week so really it would be nice to have a email tomorrow or something saying when this will be.
    Considering I signed up to the site mailing list quite a while ago I would have thought something like this would have been sent to people who signed up.
     
  13. Cobranaconda

    Cobranaconda Jedi Master star 7

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    I'll try and book a Travelodge or ibis about 15 minutes away then. That way, it won't be packed, and I can still walk there. Plus I can get it pretty cheap :p
     
  14. JediNemesis

    JediNemesis Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Ouch for the people who've booked hotels. I think Excel is actually closer to me than EC was . . . Central line to Stratford and then a nice run down on the DLR.
     
  15. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    There was an email from them in my inbox this morning about the venue change. It didn't really add any info that I hadn't already seen using the link in the first post though.
     
  16. Lord-Tice

    Lord-Tice Jedi Knight star 5

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    ExCel is a better venue and when I was there in October, a small part of me wished it was going to be held there so it's funny how it's all worked out. However, it'll only be bigger then EC if they have access to all the units, which might not be possible. But having self contained units will work out better, and the Docklands is a great part of London.

    A shame because of hotel reservations and all that, but easy to cancel and start again :p

    Looks like we'll be having some ticket info come our way soon too.
     
  17. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    I have nothing against ExCel as a venue - it's just that Earls Court would have been so convenient - train to Richmond and then tube. For ExCel it looks like it's train to Waterloo, then Tube out to ExCel.
    Is there actually a tube station at ExCel or do you have to take the DLR to get there?
     
  18. Lord-Tice

    Lord-Tice Jedi Knight star 5

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    ExCel is probably better for me as it's just a train and DLR ride away, so it swings and roundabouts which is to be expected given the size of London.

    The nearest tube is Canning Town, which is on the Jubilee line.

    From that tube station you can walk (but it may take a wee while) or get the DLR to Custom House. Custom House is also served by National/over-head trains. In fact there is a train that runs from Richmond direct to Custom House but may take a while.

    C-c-c-check it out:[link=http://www.silverlink-trains.com/templates/Generic.aspx?id=753]Silverlink Route Map[/link]

    :D
     
  19. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Silverlink does look like it would take awhile. Well, plenty of time to plan for it.
     
  20. veritasuk

    veritasuk Jedi Padawan star 4

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    takes me back, SFX held there second convention there in about 2002. I kid you not Me and my friend were the only ones in costume out of every one there
     
  21. Lord-Tice

    Lord-Tice Jedi Knight star 5

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    Does this mean the banner needs to be re-designed too? ;)

    SFX conventions :eek: Well, if they were as good as the magazine then that must have been a real blast, lol.
     
  22. timbolton

    timbolton Jedi Master star 5

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    Heh, Matt ... you putting yourself forward for banner artist? I did the Earls Court one, so I'd be happy to see someone else have a go ;)
     
  23. Ellbobin

    Ellbobin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Excel is an awesome venue. I've been to about 3 cons there. Nice and big, and nice and close to me.
     
  24. Darth_Tofu

    Darth_Tofu Jedi Master star 4

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    I'm glad they changed the venue if it's that much better at the ExCel than Earls Court,

    but I'm REALLY irked that I already had my hotel reservation and now I have to go through the whole process again!

    It is not easy to make reservations when you're 9 time zones away!
     
  25. Wengboi

    Wengboi Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Ah bummer, I have no idea where excell is.
    It was daunting enough a prospect going to earls court, lol!
    Can I get a train to excel from padington? Or do I have to get a bus or something?
    Is anyone else from Wales going?

    I'm scared daddy! =p
     
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