EventLAB Podcast: Plate Spinners and Prison Foodies

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Update 31/07/2018: Statement from Olympia London in response to the discussion in this episode's News Digest about the venue's redevelopement.


“Since opening our doors in 1886, Olympia London’s stunning architecture and unique atmosphere has drawn millions of visitors from across the world.


Following feedback from our organisers, exhibitors and visitors, we plan to continue to build on this distinctive heritage and are investing £700 million to create an extraordinary destination for events, the creative industries and entrepreneurship. By working with world-renowned design studio Heatherwick Studio and the award winning practice SPPARC, we envision a diverse cultural hub for London with more public and green space.


Retaining our renowned programme of exhibitions and events is a key priority. We want to keep things running as normal as possible, but we recognise some level of disruption is inevitable. If our planning application is successful, we will work in collaboration with organisers to minimise the impact of the construction works.”

For more information, please visit: https://olympia.london/future


News Digest

The News Digest is a roundup of the latest talking points in the events industry designed to keep you up to date and get you involved in the discussion. Leading the debate this episode, we have:


Samme Allen, Founder of Sequoia Venue Solutions

Edward Poland, Co-Founder of Hire Space

Guest: Martin Fullard, Deputy Editor of Conference News



What does it mean for events?



Is it time to turn and face the strange?



Will Hackney Council’s new licensing policy kill the borough’s nightlife?



Good news for London as a global events destination?

Let us know your thoughts and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EventLAB.



Interview with Alex Head

Recently featured in the Evening Standard, Social Pantry is a dedicated team of experienced chefs, event planners and waiting staff. Since 2015, Social Pantry has worked to rehabilitate young ex-offenders, offering full-time and part-time work positions to recently released young men. Ed sat down with Alex, to find out more about Social Pantry and entrepreneurship in the events and hospitality industry.

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Venue Talk

Joe Harry, another member of the Venue Expert team at Hire Space, joins Nathan this week to bring you more of London's latest and greatest venues.


The Unit Mayfair

Unit London is recognised for its pioneering approach to digital media and in expanding and diversifying contemporary art audiences using new technologies. The gallery's main focus is on generating mass engagement with the most exciting, talented and culturally-relevant artists of our time.  

Blame Gloria

Bring your dancing shoes and an open mind to this new bar and set to replace the Adventure Bar in Covent Garden.The bar is set in a basement with exposed brickwork, low lighting and a classic cocktail bar set up. IThere is no pretention at Blame Gloria, expect to end the night dancing and singing along to anything from The Beatles to Lady Gaga.

26 Leake Street

This brand new multipurpose venue has capacity for 1,200, is situated undereath Waterloo Station

Described by Vogue as a "Cavernous Concrete Hell Hole" and with celebrity appearances from Drake, Professor Green and Big Sean already, the location has fast become the epitome of cool.



Mentioned in the Episode


Martin's Article on the Meetings industry "Change Killed My Milkman" 


PCMA Convening Leaders


Hackney Council Noise Policy


Nicola Macdonald's Exclusive on the £700m investment in Olympia


Bentley's Oyster Bar


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