As passionate residents of the area, we know there is no shortage of things to do in Islington. With its charming cafes, iconic pub scene and beautiful green spaces visitors are probably spoilt for choice when looking for a means of making the most of your time in the area. But next time you’re planning a visit to North London, why not try something a little bit different?
From browsing whats on offer at trade fairs to gazing meaningfully at the latest pieces in an art exhibition to learning about emerging space-age gadgets at a tech conference, we have a plethora of events for you to discover. So if you’re contemplating where to spend your day in Islington, here’s why attending an exhibition or event at our historic venue should be top of your list.
Learn something new
No matter the subject matter, exhibitions are sure to expand your horizons and open your mind to new ideas.
Fancy getting your head around some quantum physics at the National Quantum Technologies Showcase? Or broadening your artistic horizons at the London Art Fair? What about learning new ways to tackle climate change at the Net Zero Festival?
Regardless of what you are looking for, our extensive calendar of events is sure to pique your interest and hopefully expand your mind. Including seminars, workshops and interactive experiences, there’s always something new to discover and learn. A day out at an event gives you a one-off experience that you won’t find elsewhere (and makes a nice change up from the obligatory day down at the local pub.)
Hear from leaders in their field
All of the events hosted at the Business Design Centre play host an array of speakers giving you the chance to hear from the experts themselves and gain valuable insights and inspirational food for thought.
Our historic venue has been graced by some very influential guests throughout the year, across many different sectors. Hear from marketing gurus at Most Contagious London 2023 or listen to leading finance figures as they shed some light on the financial industry’s evolving landscape at the Open Banking Expo UK. Whatever your chosen subject matter, you can rest assured that you will be hearing from some of the most knowledgeable minds operating in the space.
Gain valuable industry knowledge
Whether you’re a business professional looking to stay ahead of the game or a newbie looking to break into an industry, attending an industry event or trade show is a surefire way to help get your foot in the door and better understand how to become a master in your sector. Find out the secrets of the industry and keep up with emerging trends.
Whether you want to find out more about cutting-edge tech at Droidcon London or hear about health innovation at the Giant Health Event, you’re bound to walk away with a more in-depth understanding and some interesting insights.
This also comes from the networking opportunities that are guaranteed to arise. Attending an event is the perfect place to meet like-minded individuals, make connections and expand your professional or personal network. Many of the events we host are set up specially as networking events to encourage business connections and create opportunities for people with similar interests, helping them to come together, share ideas and grow their network.
Score some free samples
Who doesn’t love a freebie? With many exhibitors looking to showcase their brand and services you are sure to be able to try out new products, maybe even benefit from a show offer.
If you are looking for something a bit more delicious to try then come to a food and drink event, like SicilyFEST or the Caffè Culture Show, to grab some tasty samples of authentic cuisine from across the globe.
Take part in activities and experiences
From live demonstrations to immersive experiences and activities, our list of events comes with a mind-boggling variety of things to do. If you are looking for a fun family day out, come to the Festival of the Girl where activities include podcasting, yoga and even learning how to code.
If you want to get creative then attend one of the many festive workshops at the Country Living Christmas Fair in November. Create some beautiful handcrafted Christmas gifts and decorations or learn how to whip up delicious Boxing Day brunch dishes. Whichever activity you choose, it is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Why visit the BDC?
The BDC is more than an event space. We are a part of North London’s history and a place for businesses to thrive. Our recent B Corp Certification shows our commitment to quality, sustainability and excellence as an exhibition venue, with our team working tirelessly to curate an unparalleled calendar of events that both exhibitors and attendees love.
Next time you find yourself looking for things to do in Islington, check out what events we have on our roster. Whether you’re looking to learn something new, do some networking or just have a bit of fun, we know you won’t be disappointed.
We hope to see you here soon!