Have A Grand Day Out At Olympia London

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Have A Grand Day Out At Olympia London

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Olympia London.

Olympia London's dramatic architecture will provide the backdrop for Art15
Olympia London's dramatic architecture will provide the backdrop for Art15
If you've been to Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair you'll love Leighton House Museum
If you've been to Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair you'll love Leighton House Museum
Dancing with Diversity at Move It
Dancing with Diversity at Move It
Can you spot the flamingos one hundred feet above Kensington High Street?
Can you spot the flamingos one hundred feet above Kensington High Street?
A dress made of lovely, lovely chocolate at Olympia's Chocolate Show
A dress made of lovely, lovely chocolate at Olympia's Chocolate Show
Take a break and let the children loose on the Brook Green playground
Take a break and let the children loose on the Brook Green playground

Tickets in hand, comfortable shoes on, you're off to the grandeur of Olympia London. Whether it's an event about dance, weddings, knitting and stitching, ideal homes, art and antiques or lovely, lovely chocolate, you can easily spend the entire day in the iconic event space.

But what if you want a breath of fresh air, a spot of culture, or dinner and drinks when you're done? Here are just a few ideas of things to see and do while attending events at Olympia London in 2015.

Find four flamingos

Take your mind off the panoply of paintings, sculpture, talks and tours you've absorbed at Olympia's Art15 and seek out Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks, the famous flamingos resident in the 1.5 acres of rooftop gardens at 99 Kensington High Street. The Roof Gardens are open to the public and free to visit but do ring ahead as they're often hired out for private events.

Let the children play

Spent a good few hours at an exciting show like Move It with the children? Leafy Brook Green is just behind the venue and a great place for youngsters to try out their dance moves, run around outdoors and generally let off steam. There are independent delis nearby if you want an impromptu picnic, or seek out the big beer garden at the Queen's Head pub.

Tour of private palace of art

If you're visiting Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair then Leighton House Museum will be right up your street — and it's just around the corner. The former studio-home of artist Frederick Leighton, this extraordinary house gives you a taste of the Far East in west London and showcases classical and Victorian art, furniture and fabrics.

Meditate in a Japanese garden

Put everything you've learnt at Mind Body Spirit into practice in the tranquil formal gardens of Holland Park. Get Zen in the Japanese Garden, practise sun salutations on the grass or chill out with a herbal tea and some homemade cake in the café.

Debrief over mezze

Whether you've been perusing wedding gowns, yarn, chocolate or interior design, debrief over a grazing selection of Lebanese mezze right on Olympia London's doorstep. Highly rated and very reasonable local restaurant Chez Abir is a favourite with staff who recommend the Foul B'zeit — broad beans, coriander and garlic — and the Sujok — home-made Lebanese spicy sausages with tomato.

Dance it off

Tried too much veggie and vegan food at V Delicious? Dance it off till 2am at Notting Hill Arts Club where the music's eclectic, the vibe is authentic and the cocktails star west London gins.

Find out about all forthcoming events at Olympia London at olympia.co.uk/whatson and more things to see, do, eat and drink in the local area at olympia.co.uk/localarea. Sign up to receive exclusive ticket offers and competitions at olympia.co.uk/ticketoffers

Last Updated 12 February 2015