Venue & travel
MEX/16 was held at Wallacespace Spitalfields, 15 Artillery Lane, London E1 7HA, UK. You can find it via Google Maps. The telephone number for the venue reception is +44 20 7395 1265. The closest London Underground and mainline station is Liverpool Street.
About the venue
MEX chooses special venues which welcome participants as warmly as we would in our own home. We're delighted to be at Wallacespace Spitalfields in London, where participants are looked after by the excellent Wallacespace team, while enjoying a venue full of natural light, art, individually designed team rooms, a rooftop cafe and delicious food served throughout the day.
Wallacespace Spitalfields is served by the mainline rail and Underground hub of Liverpool Street station, about 5 minutes walk from the venue.
Wallacespace is also easily reached by bus and taxi services. Visit the Transport for London web-site for timetables and further information.
London is served by five main airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and City Airport.
A 'One Day Travelcard' allowing unlimited travel across the tube network, central London bus services and central train services is available from kiosks at all stations. Oyster cards, with contactless payment, are also available from station ticket offices, but require a small deposit to be paid.
National Rail: nationalrail.co.uk
Transport for London: tfl.gov.uk
A MEX guide to things to do in London
Kings Cross & Bloomsbury
Enlivened by the re-development of St Pancras Station, the area around Kings Cross is rapidly becoming one of the city's most exciting districts. The main thoroughfare of the Euston Road, which runs North East to South West, is home to some great cultural attractions.
Starting at the North East end of the Euston Road, the new St Pancras Station is well worth a visit. It has been transformed into an inspiring space with soaring, vaulted ceilings recalling the great age of rail travel, with a host of new shops and restaurants. It is also home to Europe's longest Champagne Bar. Look out for the interesting sculptures and poetry inscribed into the walls.
Stop for refreshments in the landmark St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, a beautiful building in the Victorian Gothic style. The hotel bar is housed in the old station ticket office, accessible directly from the upper station concourse, while tea and cakes are served throughout the day in the lobby lounge.
Travelling South West along the Euston Road, you will come across the British Library. Here you can view some of the world's oldest and most valuable manuscripts. There are also cafes and restaurants, with quiet work spaces.
Another attraction on the Euston Road is the Wellcome Collection. Founded by Sir Henry Wellcome, the collection is home to some of the million or so objects amassed by Sir Henry during his lifetime. The objects range from antique medical equipment to tribal artefacts from all over the world. The Collection also hosts free photography exhibitions and has a great cafe providing home made cakes.
A tour around Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a large piazza with a wide range of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. It provides year-round entertainment, with street performers singing, dancing, juggling or just standing as human statuettes. It's a great place for shopping, eating and people watching.
Covent Garden is also home to the Royal Opera House, which hosts both the Royal Opera and Ballet companies. Even if you can't get tickets for a performance, it's worth visiting the building just to see the recently renovated glass atrium, which is a stunning piece of architecture.
Neal Street, about 5 minutes walk from Covent Garden, is a great place for a stroll. There are individual boutiques and plenty of bars and restaurants.
The South Bank of the River Thames
If you're looking to venture a little further afield, the South Bank of the River Thames has undergone a transformation in recent years and is now one of the most vibrant areas of the city.
Start at Embankment tube station and cross over Hungerford Bridge to the South Bank. Once a grimy and unattractive structure, this was re-developed as a Millennium Project and is now brightly lit and a great way to see some of the famous buildings lining the River Thames, including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and St Pauls.
Turn left along the South Bank and walk eastwards, past the South Bank Centre, recently re-opened with a wealth of new restaurants and cultural activities. You will also pass the National Film Theatre (NFT). There's a book market outside the NFT most days.
Continue along the river and stop at Gabriel's Wharf for a drink in one of the bars or cafes. There's a particularly good creperie (pancakes) at the far end of the Wharf.
If you carry on eastwards after Gabriel's Wharf, your walk will take you past the Oxo Tower, Tate Modern art gallery and through the old cobbled streets of Southwark. Nearby you'll find Borough Market, with a wealth of stalls selling food from all over the world.
The path beside the river will take you all the way past London Bridge, Hays Galleria, HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge. Eventually you'll arrive in Shad Thames, which has restaurants, shops and the excellent Design Museum.