Excel opens its doors to G20 today

The G20 Summit starts today at Excel London, bringing together 20 of the world’s leaders, including UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President Barack Obama.

The meeting has been billed as a turning point in efforts to deal with the worst global recession in 50 years.

Costing £21 million, the summit will be hosted by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will be held under tight security. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police tells expoabc: “All police leave has been cancelled and it will be a bumper week for us, to ensure the safety of the world leaders which will be present at the venue.”

When asked about the London Summit, Excel London was unable to comment due to huge security concerns around the meeting. However, the venue’s MD David Pegler has said previously: “This is fantastic for Excel and London. We have been steadily attracting an increasing number of international and high profile events to our venue, many of which have rated Excel as their most successful event (venue?) with the highest delegate and visitor numbers.”

The Docklands Light Railway stations will be closed on 2 April between Royal Victoria and Prince Regent. Passengers have been advised to use their nearest alternative station.

Paul Colston

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