The structure of the main exhibition space is little changed from when it was built over 150 years ago, when it was one of the largest exhibition halls in the world. The Business Design Centre now provides around 4,000 sq m of exhibition space on three levels, plus a conference centre.
The Business Design Centre (BDC) is located in Islington,
North London. Formerly the Royal
Agricultural Hall, it was built in 1862 and is now a Grade II listed
building. It was little used after World
War 2, but was acquired and converted to its current usage in 1986. The structure of the main exhibition space is
little changed from when it was built over 150 years ago, when it was one of
the largest exhibition halls in the world.
It now provides around 4,000 sq m of exhibition space on three levels,
plus a conference centre.
Being located in a borough of London, access by all methods of transport are excellent.
By road, the site entrance is immediately off the main A1, which is accessible from the North via the M1, from the South West via the M4 and A40 Westway and the South East via the M25 and North Circular Road. There is an underground car park next to the venue with 250 spaces, which can be pre-booked. However, the daily rate for using this car park is quite high, although some exhibitions provide reduced rate parking for a limited number of exhibitors.
By rail, the BDC is just a five-minute walk from Angel Islington underground station on the Northern Line. This is one station east from Kings Cross/St Pancras and two from Euston stations, giving good connections to all rail links, including Eurostar.
By Air, the BDC is about 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport via London Underground services, and about the same time from Gatwick Airport via London Underground and Gatwick Express train services to Victoria.
By Bus, there are fourteen local services that operate past the BDC every few minutes. These originate from locations all over London.
There is a 188 room national chain hotel immediately next door to the BDC, plus numerous others within a 15 minute walk of the venue.
There are the usual fast food, snack and beverage facilities, plus seating areas available throughout the venue, but nothing much beyond that. However, Islington being one of the more lively areas in London, there are plenty of restaurants and bars within a few minutes’ walk, offering everything from take-away to 5-star fine dining.
For set-up and breakdown days, there is a single loading bay at the rear of the building which will accommodate around twenty vehicles, and there are goods lifts to other levels. This venue presents specific unloading limitations due to the limited bay area. Where there isn't any parking facilities for vehicles after you have unloaded, you should consider locating offsite parking for your logistics vehicles. There is no direct vehicle access to the exhibition space itself, and also there are doors to negotiate in the smaller areas. So if you have large amounts of equipment or materials, you will need to ensure that you bring the correct type and quantity of handling equipment you may need to move this around. Hi-Vis jackets must be worn at all times during loading/unloading operations.
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