Uncover London’s hidden gems at Cvent CONNECT Europe
Cvent CONNECT has officially crossed the pond. Our inaugural CONNECT Europe conference kicks off today at the amazing Pullman London St. Pancras. The next three days are filled with networking, sharing ideas, discussing the industry, and learning about the latest innovations and technologies.
With all that action on the schedule, attendees may not feel as though they have time to get out and explore the beauty and excitement of London’s main attractions, which always draw a crowd. Thankfully, the city is brimming with under-the-radar museums, adorable corner pubs, and countless other hidden treasures. And the central location of the Pullman London St. Pancras makes it easy to sneak in some sightseeing.
Here are five cool things to discover within a 10-minute walk of the Pullman — and they’re all free to visit!
The British Library: Meander among the shelves of the United Kingdom’s national library and marvel at the more than 150 million items in its collection. You can also explore exhibits on everything from the Magna Carta to the Beatles.
The Wellcome Collection: This quirky museum houses a wide range of health- and medicine-related artifacts from Sir Henry Wellcome. It also includes a library with 750,000 books and journals.
Art at St. Pancras International Station: When you think of art galleries, a train station wouldn’t usually come to mind, but here you’ll find Paul Day’s 30-foot-tall statue The Meeting Place, also known as The Lovers. Visitors can take a load off on a set of benches made from the Olympic rings that hung in the station for the 2012 Games or play a few notes on a piano signed by Elton John.
Tavistock Square: If you luck out with the London weather (Tuesday looks OK; Wednesday is iffy!), take a stroll among the gardens and memorials in this relaxing retreat. Developed in the 1820s on the estate of the Dukes of Bedford, the square also features a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station: One of London’s main transportation hubs is admittedly not a “hidden,” but any Harry Potter fan must brave the commuting crowds for a photo op with the cart that’s made to look as though it’s halfway through the wall between Platforms 9 and 10. There’s even a Harry Potter Shop with souvenirs and replicas from the series.
Whether it’s Cvent CONNECT in London or Las Vegas — or any event in any city, for that matter — do your best to take advantage of the opportunity to explore a new place, even if it’s just a short jaunt to a nearby gem.
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