London Boat Show 2018: History of the show

London Boat Show. Photo: onEdition

London Boat Show. Photo: onEdition - Credit: onEdition

This year the London Boat Show will be celebrating its 64th event.

The London Boat Show takes place at ExCel from January 10-14, 2018, and celebrates its 64th event, with more than 300 exhibitors on show, including new brands for 2018.

Advance tickets start from £15, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult. Concessions are also available.

The first London Boat Show was held at Olympia, before moving to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre then to ExCeL London in 2004 as the venue could no longer accommodate the vast range of boats and equipment suppliers.

On average, the biggest boats at the first shows measured just 39ft, compared to the largest boat ever displayed at a London Boat Show, the Sunseeker 131 Yacht measuring more than 131ft.


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Norfolk-based Jeckell & Son have exhibited at every London Boat Show.

The London Boat Show has welcomed an array of personalities, from sailing legends such as Sir Ben Ainslie and Dame Ellen MacArthur to superstars like The Beatles, who opened the show in 1965, and singer and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger. Along with British royalty, including Prince Philip and the Princess Royal, eminent politicians have been to the show, including Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

Book tickets online for the London Boat Show 2018.

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