One of the world’s most visited cities, bursting with culture, fine food, entertainment and breath-taking sites, London has something for everyone. 2000 years of history has made the ‘Big Smoke’ deeply cosmopolitan and exotic; thriving with shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and attractions that are constantly changing and developing. No matter how many times you visit, there’s always something new in store and the AIPC Social Program provides a hint of what the UK capital has to offer.
Saturday, June 30: Pre-conferenceDay
17:00-19:00 Informal Welcome Reception at the Novotel London ExCeL
With views towards Canary Wharf, the O2 and the Emirates Air Line Cable car, our welcome reception will be held on the Upper Deck Bar and Terrace at the Novotel, located in ExCeL’s home at the heart of London’s Royal Docks.
Once the heartland of the capital’s industry, London’s Royal Docks were built in the mid-19th century – a marvel of Victorian engineering. Thirteen metres deep and 4 kilometres long, they cover an area the size of central London.
Now closed to commercial vessels, this unique waterfront setting has been turned into a new destination for London – a place of culture, fun, cuisine and sport – with space for business, creativity and waterside living.
Casual dress; drinks and cocktail snacks will be provided.
14:30-15:45 First Time Attendees and New Members Welcome and Orientation
Venue: XYZ Bar, Aloft Hotel
Meet the AIPC Board of Directors and management team; get a quick orientation to AIPC and find out how to make the most of your Conference experience.
16:00-20:30 Destination Experience, Welcome Reception and Informal Dinner
Our official Welcome reception: See London Differently!
Crossing the Thames on the Emirates Air Line Cable Car, we’ll start our reception with a unique view of London from nearly 90ft in the air, taking in some of the sights of the capital’s most iconic buildings and attractions including Canary Wharf, the Olympic Park and the Royal Greenwich observatory.
At North Greenwich Pier, we’ll then join the Silver Sturgeon, a 21st century contemporary ‘River Yacht.’ Aboard this vessel, we will catch up with colleagues and experience a stunning private evening charter along the Thames, taking in the iconic sites of London’s riverscape – from the Houses of Parliament to the London Eye - and enjoying delicious food and drink en route.
Evening at Leisure: Explore London with Colleagues and AIPC Partners
Equipped with a range of suggestions and the whole of London at your disposal via easy transportation links, here’s your chance to plot a course for your favourite attraction – or simply explore one of the world’s most exciting walkable cities at the perfect time of year!
18:30-22:30 AIPC Award Dinner at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre
The Awards presentation and dinner will take place at the QEII Centre in the heart of Westminster. Less than five minutes walk from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and located directly opposite Westminster Abbey, the location of the QEII is steeped in history. Following the awards, we will enjoy a buffet dinner, combining fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, courtesy of QEII Taste.