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For many people, there is one part of North West London which is evokes many a sporting memory. Though the Twin Towers have gone in favour of a steel arch, the very word 'Wembley' always screams 'F.A. Cup Final Day', Live Aid or the 1966 World Cup Finals. Or Evil Knieval trying to jump over several London buses live on television.

There is more to the delights of North West London than either the old or new version of Wembley Stadium. It is immortalised by Sir John Betjeman and the Metropolitan Railway as 'Metro-Land' - a 1920s port of call for affluent London bound commuters. Metro-Land would extend all the way to Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, taking in Watford, Amersham and Harrow. Harrow is best known for its fee-paying public school which has its own golf course and conferencing facilities.

Besides football, stunts and live concerts, Wembley National Stadium is also known as conference venues. You can choose to host your conference in full view of 'the hallowed turf' or in The Bobby Moore Room - the stadium's grandest conference space. Stadium tours are also available with guided tours conducted in seven different languages as well as English. The Fountain Studios nearby - as well as being known for hosting The X Factor - also offers conference facilities.

If football isn't your scene, you may prefer the serene surroundings of Kenwood. It is dominated by a palatial stately home, designed by Robert Adam, situated in Hampstead Heath. The 18th Century Kenwood House is available for hire with a choice of rooms suitable for drinks receptions and corporate events.

Other attractions include the Royal Air Force Museum, which is situated on the former Hendon airfield. There are separate halls chronicling aviation milestones, bombers and The Battle of Britain. As well as exhibitions and displays, there is also temporary exhibitions and flight simulators, used to simulate The Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon and Tornado jets, and a World War One dogfight.

Along with parts of North London, a North West London address is pretty fashionable with for instance, Primrose Hill and Gospel Oak popular with celebrities.

Given its early 20th Century expansion, thanks to the Metropolitan Railway, North West London is easy to get to by rail, London Underground and bus. With the capital a short distance, you can see why the north western part of London is a desirable residence. As a potential conference venue, equally good.

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