The Venue

Welcome to our new host venue for UX LIVE 2018, The Crystal.

Opening in 2012 as a global hub for debate on sustainable living and development, The Crystal sets the benchmark for sustainable building design. It is the only building in the world to achieve the highest certification in both the BREEAM and LEED schemes, as well as many other accreditations and with Siemens technology throughout the building it maintains the highest energy efficiency and CO2 standards are met.

Offering a huge, tiered amphitheatre inside an orange orb (literally), with fold-out desks for all delegates, the venue also boasts spacious brightly-lit workshop rooms; an awesome space for the LIVE Stage and a huge networking area! With space for 600 designers over the two days and full disabled access throughout, this is the perfect space to fit our growing conference!

The Crystal comes with an amazing delegate perk too, as it is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of sustainable cities, to which you will be provided free access as a delegate of UX LIVE 2018... get involved!

We hope to see you all there!


Royal Victoria Docks,
Siemens Brothers Way,
E16 1GB


Located on the north side of the Thames near the Excel Arena, the stunning Crystal Conference Centre is accessible from all areas of London, offering great transport connections!

By Rail

10 mins (DLR & Tube/Emirates Air Line) - North Greenwich for 02 & Jubilee Line
13 mins (walk) - Canning Town Overground
19 mins (DLR) - City Airport (or 5 mins in taxi)
20 Mins (DLR & Tube) - London Bridge
26 Mins (DLR) - Bank
30 mins (DLR & Tube) - Cannon St
35 Mins (DLR & Tube) - Paddington
35 Mins (DLR & Tube) - Victoria
38 Mins (DLR & Tube) - Euston

By Underground and DLR

The nearest station to the Crystal is Royal Victoria Station (Zone 3) on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), only a three minute walk away from the centre. From Central London, take the eastbound Jubilee Line and change onto the DLR at Canning Town taking the Beckton line. Royal Victoria Station is the first stop.

Alternatively, several London Underground lines also connect to the DLR at Bank and Tower Gateway. Please check out the DLR Routemap to help plan your journey.

By Car

The Crystal is just off Silvertown Way (A1011) at its junction with Lower Lea Crossing (A1020). It is outside the London Congestion Zone but inside London’s Low Emission Zone. Access to the centre is from the roundabout on Tidal Basin Road.


The Royal Victoria Car Park (L2) offers 750 parking spaces a five minute walk away and is located behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Western Gateway. There are also two other car parks located close to the venue. Get in touch directly for more details on this!

By Air

We would suggest you travel in via City Airport (closest by far).

The centre is within five minutes by taxi of London City Airport, which serves over 30 destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA, with connections to the rest of the world through major European hubs.

Alternatively, Gatwick is next closest. Head to Victoria, then change at Green Park for the DLR to Canning Town. From there it's a 13 minute walk or you can take the DLR toward Beckton and jump off at Royal Victoria Dock.

If you are landing at Heathrow, travel into London on the Piccadilly Line, changing at Green Park on the Jubilee Line. Again, from there head to Canning Town and either walk for 13 minutes or hop on to the DLR toward Beckton and alight at Royal Victoria Dock.

Cable Car (Emirates Air Line)

If you travel in to North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line, why not head over to The Crystal in style. Take the air bus across the river for only £3.50 and land on The Crystal's doorstep!

Local Attractions

Victoria Dock - Take a stroll around the largest of London's docks.
O2 Arena - For anything entertainment focused, hop on the cable car across the river, for great food, drinks, cinema, music & more... it's all here! Plus take a Thames Clipper (ferry) up in to Central London!
Canary Wharf - Explore London's financial district, with excellent shopping, food, events, cinema & more.
Olympic Park - Explore the home of the London Olympic Games and ride the tallest helter-skelter in the world!
Westfield - One of the UK's biggest shopping centres, with everything you could need!
Greenwich - A beautiful village across the river; home to the Maritime Museum, Trinity College, Royal Observatory, Royal Greenwch Park, Greenwich Market, The Cutty Sark, tons of awesome pubs and much much more! Plus home to one of our conference organisers... so the plug is real! ;)