The Bid Competition

The hosting of World Expos is governed by the Bureau of International Exposition based in Paris. The candidacy application must be submitted a maximum of nine years and a minimum of six years before the proposed opening date of the exhibition. A formal bid application for London 2025 must therefore be made in 2016.


  1. The Great Exhibition – London

    The Great Exhibition – London

    The original World Expo was The Great Exhibition held in London in 1851. Conceived by Prince Albert, it was one of the defining moments of Victorian Britain, and has set the template for all Expos since. In the famous Crystal Palace glasshouse erected in Hyde Park, the greatestĀ inventions and technologies...

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  2. World Expo – Space Needle, Seattle

    World Expo – Space Needle, Seattle

    The Space Needle built for Seattle’s 1962 World Fair has become an enduring symbol of Expos, and one of the most recognisable buildings in North America. A major attraction today, it drew more than two million visitors over the course of the Fair. The themes of space and science were...

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  3. World Expo – Eiffel Tower, Paris

    World Expo – Eiffel Tower, Paris

    There can be no greater physical embodiment of a World Expo legacy than the Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognised and loved buildings in the world. It was the Exposition Universale of 1889 which provided the opportunity for Gustave Eiffel to design his temporary structure, which more than a...

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  4. World Expo – China Pavillion, Shanghai

    World Expo – China Pavillion, Shanghai

    Expo Shanghai China 2010 was the largest World Expo to date, with 250 countries and international organisations participating and over 70 million visitors over six months, including a record one million visitors on a single day. As such, the 2010 Expo belonged to the long tradition of a nation celebrating...

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