Alcohol Consumption - serving & sampling

The consumption of alcohol within the halls during build-up and breakdown is not permitted. Alcoholic drinks will not be available from the catering outlets within the halls during these times.

If you intend to serve Alcohol as Hospitality, please see the information under Catering – Stand Hospitality found below.

Badges & Passes

No one be allowed access to the halls without registering, whether exhibitor, contractor or visitor. This applies at each point of entry to the venue. During Build Up and Breakdown CDM Regulations include that everyone who needs to access the hall must have read and understood the Site Rules will be sent closer to the event and confirmation that they have been read and understood is required before entry is permitted.

  • Exhibitor Badges
    You can register for Exhibitor Badges using the link on the homepage of your Exhibitor Hub. If you have any queries regarding Exhibitor Badges, please email

    Once registered you will receive an email containing your badge. These must be printed out in advance and brought to the event. Due to COVID-19 the registration system will be as contactless as possible so there will be limited facilities on-site to address any issues.

    The badge will carry your name and company. Exhibitor badges give exhibitors free access during build-up, open and breakdown periods.

    Remember to order badges for any temporary staff you are employing to work on your stand.

  • Build-up & Breakdown e-badges (Contractor Passes)
    New for 2022: build-up & breakdown e-badges are valid only for the build-up and breakdown periods only. All contractor staff will need to register to have a build-up & breakdown e-badge. Access to the hall will require this e-badge or exhibitor badge.

    Click here to order to order build-up & breakdown e-badges. Please circulate as required.

    To ensure your appointed contractor receives this link to register please complete the Contractor Nomination Form (space only stands only,  exhibitors who have booked a Modular shell stand or Traditional panels should not submit this form) and we will liaise directly with them to register their staff.

    Exhibitors must request build-up & breakdown e-badges for use by their own staff who will not be onsite during the Open Period.

  • Vehicle Passes
    These are for the use of exhibitors or contractors to identify vehicles during the build-up and breakdown periods. Please ensure they are on clear display to enable the Traffic Marshalls to direct you to the most convenient drop off point for your stand.

    Each Exhibitor and Contractor will need to print their vehicle pass as required. To receive the vehicle pass you will need to complete the Vehicle Delivery Details Form which can be found in the .

    Anyone wishing to access the loading bay will have to complete the Vehicle Delivery Details Form and have a Vehicle Pass to show onsite.

    This pass DOES NOT entitle you to park.

Banking Facilities

Local branches are located:

  • Barclays Bank:                                 38 Islington Green
  • NatWest Bank:                                 11 Upper Street
  • HSBC Bank:                                       25 Islington High Street
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland:          40 Islington High Street
Business Services

There is a facility at the venue to organise a large range of office services, such as standard photocopying, colour copying, printing, binding and the provision to purchase most types of office stationery.

On-Line Reprographic
T: +44 (0)207 288 6288

Breakdown Procedures

Breakdown Period
Thursday 10 February 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Friday 11 February 8:00am – 12:00pm (Space Only sites only)

  • The exhibition closes at 5:00pm on Thursday 10 February. The hall will remain open until 10:00pm. The loading bay will close at 9.45pm, please ensure all vehicles are out before this time.
  • Under no circumstances may goods be removed from the Hall before the Exhibition closes.
  • All portable exhibits, valuable items and any graphics or artwork required for future use should be cleared from the hall as soon as possible after 5:30pm on Thursday 11 February as this is a “high risk” time for security.
  • ALL items must be removed from stands by 12:00pm on Friday 11 February.
  • We recommend that you do not leave your stand unattended during the breakdown period.
  • Whist the Organisers take every precaution to ensure the safety of the Exhibition, they nor any of their contractors can take responsibility for losses or damage that occur during the breakdown period.
  • Power supplies to stands will be switched off 15 minutes after the close of the Exhibition.
  • Security will be in operation in the hall, but exhibitors and their staff are advised to take every precaution in safeguarding exhibits and other valuables at all times during the breakdown.

Vehicle Access to Hall

  • There is no parking on the roads surrounding the Business Design Centre; vehicles who attempt to park on these roads are likely to get a parking ticket.
  • Transits and small vehicles will have access to the Loading Bay from 4:30pm on Thursday 10 February.
  • Larger vehicles will be allowed access, space permitting, from 7:00pm. We ask that Exhibitors please be patient during this busy period.
  • Goods must be packed and ready to load and stands must be de-rigged or dismantled before any attempt is made to bring vehicles onsite as this only causes unnecessary congestion and delay
Car Parking

All vehicles entering the road system of the Business Design Centre should conform to all speed limits, road signs and instructions given by the BDC Traffic Marshals.

There is a car park located adjacent to the Business Design Centre, which has 250 spaces with ample reserved spaces for drivers with disabled passes. There is no free exhibitor car parking at the Business Design Centre, however we have secured a discount code of £20 per day (5 hours or more), for Surface Design Show dates from Sunday 6 – Friday 11 February.

The Discount Code is SURFACE22, to book car parking in advance please follow this link –

*Please note, this discount code will not work until 1st January 2022*

Please scroll down and click on ‘Book Now’, this will direct you to the booking page where you can input your arrival and exit times, along with the discount code.

Unfortunately, there is no discount to short stay parking (4 hours and under), however if you are staying 5 hours or more then you will benefit from using the discount code above.

NB: If you wish to leave the car park every evening, you will need separate bookings. The system will not recognise you if you leave and want to come back on the same booking.

Please note, this car park has a height restriction of 1.9m.

We would however still recommend that during the open period of the exhibition, exhibitors travel to the Business Design Centre by public transport wherever possible.

Build-up & Breakdown
During build-up and breakdown, the Vehicle Passes will enable you to load and unload only. If you want to park your car, you will still need to book and pay for the car park.

Catering Outlets

The official onsite caterer at the Business Design Centre is The Good Eating Company. Any other distribution of food and drink must be agreed by The Good Eating Company in writing well in advance and will involve corkage levies.

Stand Catering:
A full range of food and drink can be delivered to your stand.  Please contact the caterers direct or follow the link for the Stand Catering Order Form.

Madeleine Holdsworth
T: +44 (0) 845 260 3535

The Good Eating Company have put together some discounted beer/wine and snack packages that you may like to offer visitors during the more informal atmosphere of our evening events.  You will find the discounted package offers highlighted in red on the order form.

There is a restaurant located on the Gallery level which is open during build-up, open and breakdown.

Corkage Fees:

This is the charge placed on wines, beers, liquor and soft drinks brought into the venue that have been purchased elsewhere. Once you have paid the corkage fee on alcoholic drinks the Good Eating Company will become the licensee covering your stand and you will be briefed on the relevant licensing legislation.

Champagne (750ml)                      £20.00 per bottle
Sparkling Wine (750ml)                 £15.00 per bottle
Wines (750ml)                                 £10 00 per bottle
Spirits (700ml)                                 £30.00 per bottle
Beers (330ml)                                  £1.80 per can/bottle
Soft Drinks and Mixers                   £1.50 per can/bottle
Fruit Juices (litre)                            £1.50 per litre
Mineral Water (500ml)                   £1.00 per bottle

For more information please click this link for the Concession Fee Guide.

Charity Donations

If it is your intention to allow a charity to collect donations within your stand area at the exhibition, you need to inform the Organisers, in writing at least 14 days prior to the event, of the full charity name, address and charity registration number.

No one under the age of 16 is allowed into the exhibition hall during build-up or breakdown. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Daily cleaning is included within the cost of your stand. The cleaning team will clear rubbish during build-up and breakdown periods of the exhibition and will arrange for the disposal of reasonable levels of exhibition rubbish, however bulk rubbish should be removed from site. General rubbish should be placed each evening in the gangways and NOT left on the stand.

Any specific cleaning requirements such as washing and polishing ‘special’ surfaces should be arranged directly with Additional charges will be made for these services.

You and your contractor are responsible for removing and disposing of excessive waste from the exhibition hall. Waste materials (e.g. carpet, construction materials, packing cases, flooring, furniture and pallets) MUST NOT be abandoned onsite. The Organisers are not responsible for the clearing of such rubbish and will pass on any costs incurred to the contractor or exhibitor should any “dumping” occur.

Please note that the wholesale “dumping” of magazines and brochures at the end of the event will be charged for as this will incur skip costs from the venue. Please take them away with you.

All exhibitors should be aware that if they have a locked area on the stand – office or kitchen – that requires cleaning or are using a night sheet they must arrive with plenty of time in the morning to request the cleaning team to clean your stand prior to the show opening.


A cloakroom service is provided during the exhibition open days in the main lobby downstairs and at the top of the escalators upstairs. This opens 30 minutes before and closes 30 minutes after the official open hours of the exhibition. There is a charge of £1.00 per item.

Code of Practice

During the open period please ensure your stand is manned throughout the day and all exhibits remain on display during the published open hours. In order that no discourtesy is shown to last minute visitors, we ask that no dismantling of any displays or exhibits commences before 5:30pm on Thursday 10 February.

Congestion Charge / Low Emissions ZonE


Whilst the Business Design Centre is not situated within the London congestion charging zone, it does sit on the edge and you are advised to take care when navigating through the surrounding roads. You can view a map of the zone and boundaries at

Click here to check where the congestion charge operates.

You only need to pay once, no matter how many times you drive in and out of the Congestion Charge zone on the same day.

Some key details:

  • The Congestion Charge applies between 7:00 and 22:00, seven days a week, except Christmas Day.
  • You can pay in advance, on the day of travel or by midnight the following charging day. The daily charge is £15.00 if you pay in advance or on the same day, or £17.50 if paid the following charging day.
  • If you don’t pay by midnight on the charging day after you drove in the zone, you’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
  • You can pay the congestion charge online, by auto pay or by telephone.
  • If you do not pay the Congestion Charge you will be sent a fine for £160.
  • Most disabled drivers are exempt from the Congestion Charge, as are motorbikes, mopeds and bicycles.
  • Certain vehicles qualify for an Ultra Low Emissions Discount (ULED).

Click here for further details.

New for 2022:
To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day, within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone: 

  • £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
  • £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)
Customs Clearance

During the Exhibition, the Business Design Centre is within the scope of the Temporary Importation (Goods for Exhibition) Regulations.

For clearance of goods/exhibits through customs, you may contact Agility Fairs & Events who will be able to help you. They can provide a complete package for the transportation of goods, which includes clearance, temporary import bonds, processing of ATA Carnets and re-exportation documentation. They can also give free advice on all aspects of import procedures and will provide you with a quotation on request.

Agility Fairs & Events
Tim Marchant
T: +44 (0)121 780 2627

Alternatively, contact the HM Revenue & Customs direct:

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
T: +44 (0)845 010 9000

Delivery of Goods

Please ensure that a representative of your company is onsite to receive and sign for deliveries. The Organisers are unable to sign for goods on your behalf. This is particularly relevant if you should decide to use a courier to deliver goods, who will often not leave them unless they have a signature.

If any deliveries arrive before the first day of tenancy Sunday 6 February at 9:00am, they will be turned away and may not be re-delivered in time for the show open.

If you are making deliveries during the open days of the exhibition, these can only be made between 1000 – 1100hrs, before the exhibition opens. Hand carry-able items can be delivered any time.

Please note the Organisers and the BDC cannot take responsibility for any deliveries.

Delivery of Goods – Vehicle Access

In order to improve and speed up access to the halls during build-up we will be producing a Delivery Schedule. It is essential that if you intend to deliver or unload during build-up, you must fill in the Vehicle Delivery Details Form with your requirements. We cannot guarantee that you will be given the exact delivery slot you have requested but it will be as close as possible. Queuing and parking close to the Business Design Centre is very difficult and producing and working with a delivery schedule should ensure quicker access for all concerned.

There are 2 goods lifts available for use by exhibitors during the show for the delivery of stand materials and exhibits.

  • Gallery Hall Goods Lift (in the middle of the mezzanine hall) – Capacity: 3000kg
    Size: 5500mm (deep) x 2550mm (wide) x 2500mm (height)
    Please note this one has to be moved around a corner.

  • Main Hall Goods Lift (by the loading bay) – Capacity: 3000kg
    Size: 3900mm (deep) x 1900m (wide) x 1900mm (height)

There is a possibility another show may take place at the same time as the Surface Design Show so it may not be possible to use the larger lift at all times as it may need to be shared with the other event.  

The smaller of the two lifts is a more direct route into the hall on the Mezzanine Level, however the corridor leading from the larger lift onto the Mezzanine Level is narrower and at a slight angle so a site visit is strongly recommended for large pieces of exhibition material which needs to come through this entrance.

There is no direct access to the halls for vehicles so you will need to have facilities (e.g. trolleys) to get items from vehicles to your stand. It is compulsory for all exhibitors and contractors to wear a hi-visibility vest when using the loading bay or the front forecourt when loading and off-loading at the Business Design Centre. Vests can no longer be purchased from the Building Design Centre, so exhibitors and contractors need to bring their own.

If you have any unusual or heavy objects, or hazardous items to display please let us know so that we can schedule their access into the halls.

During build-up and breakdown access to the venue will be granted with Exhibitor Badges and Build-Up & Breakdown e-badges only. Your commercial and private vehicle should respect any instruction given by our traffic marshalling team.

Delivery of Goods – Freight Forwarding

If you are not bringing your products to the venue yourself, the Organisers recommend that you use the services of Agility Fairs & Events, especially if sending goods from overseas.

How this works:

  • Contact Agility Fairs and Events; agree to send goods to their warehouse prior to build-up (transport deadline Friday 26 January)
  • Agree with Agility when you would like it delivered to your stand, organising a forklift at the same time if required.
  • Your goods will be delivered when you want, no waiting around, no possibility of it being delivered too early and going missing, no possibility of it being delivered too late and spoiling your show.

All exhibits and materials must be delivered carriage paid to the exhibitor at the stand. The goods should be clearly marked with your company name and stand number:

FAO: (your company name and stand number)
Surface Design Show
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street, London

Please ensure that a representative of your company is onsite to receive and sign for deliveries. The Organisers are unable to sign for goods on your behalf. This is particularly relevant if you should decide to use a courier to deliver goods, who will often not leave them unless they have a signature.

If you are not able to be onsite to receive deliveries, Agility Fairs & Events will take receipt of your goods for a charge. Please contact them direct for a quotation.

On no account should deliveries be made to site before the first date of tenancy (Sunday 6 February).

If you are making deliveries during the open days of the exhibition, these can only be made between 10:00am – 11:00am, before the exhibition opens.

Dilapidations / Damage to Hall

Please remember that you are responsible for making good any damage caused to the fabric of the exhibition buildings – by you, your agents or contractors. It is in your own interest to satisfy yourself as to the condition of your stand site before the building of your stand and after its clearance.

*Important Notice for Traditional Walling Exhibitors*

Some fixing methods are not permitted so please contact the BDC for advice, an information sheet detailing acceptable fixtures is available upon request. Pins, nails, screws and mirror plates may be used to hang exhibits but should exhibitors plan to hang anything heavy (over 5kg), please contact the BDC. Double-sided sticky tape, Velcro, cavity fixings or rawl plugs may NOT be used to attach exhibits or graphics on Traditional panels.

If any damage occurs to panels the Business Design Centre will charge the stand holder the full panel price.

If you wish to paint the panels yourself, there is a dilapidation charge of £18.00 + vat per side of panel and only water-based paints may be used. However, if you arrange for the painting of panels through the BDC then this charge is incorporated into the cost which is £42.23 + vat per panel.

Disabled Access

The Business Design Centre, as a venue, is well served for the disabled visitor and exhibitor. The front of the building is ramped, enabling easy access with a lift to all floors. There are disabled toilets on all levels within stairwell B and on the Gallery level in stairwell F.

Each stand holder is responsible for making sure that all their services and products can be equally demonstrated to a disabled body person as to an able bodied person. Wheelchairs are available on loan, however numbers are limited so please call +44 (0) 207 288 6272 in advance to pre-book.

Door Size

The average door size at the Building Design Centre is 1.408m (width) x 1.900m (height). Additional door measurements can be provided on request.  However if you have a particularly large item a site visit is highly recommended.


The Equality Act 2010 meaning of ‘disability’ is ‘a person that ‘has a physical or mental impairment which has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.’

Discrimination is when a person with a disability is treated less favourably than others would be treated and that this treatment in question relates directly to their disability and it cannot be justified. Please note that it is unlawful to discriminate against a disabled person in refusing to provide, or deliberately not providing, to the disabled person any service which is offered or provided to other non-disabled persons. This also relates to the standard of service which is provided to the disabled person or the manner in which it is given.

Stands must be designed in a way as to not discriminate against disabled visitors; this would include, among other things, access to displays, literature, hospitality areas and meeting rooms.

For further information and guidance on what constitutes a disability, please visit and search for the Equality Act 2010.


If you arrange for any filming on your stand, you must inform the organisers as there are regulations which will need to be followed. Contact

First Aid

If first aid is required, please contact the BDC Reception Desk by using any internal red telephone or dialling 6666 (internal) or the First Aid Room directly by dialling 6205 (internal) or +44 (0)207 288 6205 (External) or contact the Organisers Office, providing them with as much detail as possible e.g. exact location and nature of medical emergency.

Floor Loading

The BDC weight loadings are as below:

Mezzanine104lbs per sqft5KN per qm
Ground418lbs per sqft20KN per sqm

Emergency gangways will be in operation during the build-up and breakdown of the exhibition. These must remain completely clear at all times. A detailed plan of which gangways are affected will be issued prior to the show.

During the Open Period under no circumstances should any part of your stand, furniture, or exhibits etc. project beyond the boundary of your stand. Exhibitors should only work within the confines of their stand. Doors or windows must open outwards onto a gangway.

The exhibitor should not engage in any activity or employ any person or device that tends to create unreasonable congestion in the gangways in the opinion of the Organisers.


Neither Business Design Centre staff nor contractors’ personnel are permitted to accept gratuities for services rendered or service to be rendered. Please notify the Organisers if any personnel solicit gratuities.

Hanging Signs/ Rigging

Drop wires and rigging is NOT permitted at Surface Design Show.


BCD Meetings & Events have been appointed as our accommodation agency to help you book your accommodation. They offer a free service and have extensive knowledge in helping both exhibitors and visitors find the perfect accommodation. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you book earlier asap, to check availability and rates click here to book online. For large bookings, you can contact for assistance.


Stand contracts with Montgomery Group require all exhibitors to have a minimum level of insurance cover of £5 million (or equivalent) in order to participate at the show.

Exhibitors who do not currently have the required cover may wish to buy insurance from Hiscox Event Assured. Exhibitors without cover are under no obligation to purchase the required cover in this way and we are not recommending you use Hiscox.

For further information on insuring your stand or to buy an exhibitor insurance package policy please go to alternatively please call + 44 (0)1206 773 940.

The above link is for UK based exhibitors only, this follows Brexit. If you are located in the EU, please contact who will be able to provide a quotation via their Luxembourg Insurer.

Please note that, as the main contracted stand-holder, you are responsible for any loss, damages, claims, etc arising out of your stand and the activities of any stand-sharers at the Exhibition.

If there are other Companies sharing your stand, it is in your interest to ensure that they too hold adequate insurance cover.

Lead Scanners

Please order lead scanners via the Exhibitor Hub. Should you have any queries please contact them:
Tel:       +44 (0)843 178 1931

Licences (PPL & PRS)

If you intend to play pre-recorded background music or have live music on your stand during the course of the exhibition, you are required, by law, to obtain music licenses. Please visit

Lost Property

All lost property during the show should be handed into the Organisers Office which is located on the Mezzanine level. If not claimed by the end of the show, any lost property will be handed over to the venue and held for up to three months, all claims should be made to the Head of Security on +44 (0)207 288 6475. Please note that any goods left on site after this period without proper authority will be treated as abandoned and disposed of accordingly. Any costs incurred for the disposal will be charged to the exhibitor.


Exhibitors showing films, creating excessive noise or using audio visual aids that disturb adjacent exhibitors will be asked to reduce the sound to an acceptable level (a maximum of 60dB at the edge of your stand). If this is not complied to the satisfaction of the Organisers, they will be asked to cease such activities in the interest of the overall exhibition.

Organisers Office

The Organisers office will be located on the Mezzanine Level, on the left-hand side of the hall, behind the stairs. Our contact numbers onsite are:

+44 (0)207 288 6127/8/9

*Please do not call this number before 9:00am on Sunday 6 February. If you have any operational queries before this time, please contact Kate Bridle on +44 (0) 207 886 3088.

Photocopying facilities are available from the Organisers’ Office, but for printing or other reprographics there is a reprographics show room where you will be charged.


Any payments made onsite are required to be made directly to the relevant contractor help desk.


Security will begin at 8:00pm on Sunday 6 February, with 24-hour security commencing at 0800hrs on Monday 7 February.

Exhibition halls are vulnerable places, particularly during the build-up and breakdown periods. Please take a few moments to consider how you can look after your products and belongings whilst onsite.

Security advice for exhibitors

  • Do not leave cash, handbags, mobile phones, valuables, etc. in unlocked drawers, cupboards or on exhibits on the stand. Do not leave wallets or purses in unattended jackets or coats.
  • Night sheets are available for shell scheme stands from the BDC. These provide a see-through netting barrier that leaves the contents of the stand on view at all times, deterring the opportunist thief.
  • Do not ask neighbours to look after the stand, as they may get too busy with their own.
  • Exhibitors should arrive prior to the official opening time and not leave their exhibition stand at night before all visitors are clear of the show.
  • Check all lockable desks and cupboards before leaving the stand.
  • Never leave the stand unattended.
  • Any exhibitor with small valuables, which they wish to leave on the stand, should provide themselves with a lockable cabinet or other safe storage area.
  • Do not lock goods away in hired cabinets on breakdown evening. The furniture contractor will be collecting these items on Tuesday evening.
  • Any exhibitor wishing to change their stand exhibits during the open period must do so between 8:00am and 9:00pm daily. Contractor or exhibitor passes will be required for this period.
  • Please note that build-up and breakdown days are high-risk periods. Ensure the stand is manned at all times. Do not leave the stand unattended to get your vehicle.
  • Please report anything of a suspicious nature immediately to the Organisers Office onsite.
  • Please do not hesitate to check with the Organisers on any security problems or queries.
  • If you find something is missing notify the Organisers Office and the Security department immediately, giving all relevant information.
Special Exhibits or Activities

Please note any company intending to exhibit the following: any engine driven vehicle, balloons, water features, or have activities on the stand not previously covered in this manual, must advise the Organisers in writing as special rules and regulations and licensing arrangements may apply.

For example, balloons may be used as part of the stand display. However, the topside of the inflated balloon cannot exceed the stand build height limit of 6m for single-storey, and 7m for multi-storey stands, neither should it any time be released into the roof. Exhibitors are liable for any charges incurred if a balloon needs to be retrieved, or to rectify any damage caused by loose balloons.

Storage (Packaging)

If you wish to store packing cases for the duration of the exhibition contact our freight forwarding agent – Agility Fairs & Events.

On no account should exhibitors store product or empty packing cases behind their stands as this presents a fire risk. Offending items are liable to be removed and destroyed without warning. All product storage, for the duration of the show, should be contained within the stand area. Alternatively, exhibitors can re-stock their stand each morning between 1000am and 1100am.

We are not able to offer accessible secure product storage for the open period of the exhibition.


Everyone is talking about ‘Going Green’ and becoming a sustainable business, but what are people actually doing about it? Beginning to ‘Green’ your stand is easier than you think and all you have to do is start thinking and then practicing the 3 R’s:

REDUCE                      RE-USE                      RECYCLE

REDUCE the amount of waste you produce. If you can’t REDUCE it, then when you’re done, can it be RE-USED? As a final option, can it be RECYCLED?

Please click here for some best practice advice for exhibiting more sustainably.

Tool Kit / Hygiene Box

It is useful to have a box on-site where you store of the useful bits and pieces that can easily be forgotten. This should include thing to help with the dressing of your stand such as scissors, Velcro, double sided, sticky tape, rubbish bags etc. You should also include other items that are useful for any coronavirus measures such as anti-bacterial spray / wipes, disposable masks etc.

PLEASE NOTE: Trolleys are NOT available to hire onsite so we would recommend bringing your own.

Travel to the BDC

It is quicker and easier to travel to the Business Design Centre by public transport.

• Air Travel
London is well served by airports and you can get train or taxis directly from them:

• Car
From central London follow the A1 out of the City towards Islington. After crossing Pentonville Road you are on Upper Street and the Centre is to the left at Islington Green – it’s where Essex Road and Upper Street diverge. From outside London follow the A1 down the Holloway Road and into Upper Street.

• London Underground
A regular underground train service (Northern line) runs to and from Angel station, which is a 2 minute walk from the Business Design Centre along Upper Street. Alternatively, Highbury & Islington station (Victoria line) is a 10-15 minute walk or Kings Cross is a 20 minute walk to the venue.

• Taxis
Black cabs can be hailed on Upper Street and will drop off at the main entrance to the show. The Concierge Service will book you a taxi from the venue. Please contact the front desk on +44 (0)207 288 6272 for further information.

• Trains
Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras stations are all nearby from which you can get a taxi or take the underground to the venue.

Vehicle Entrance

There are two vehicle entrances at the Business Design Centre: Stairwell E next to the main entrance at the front of the building and the loading bay on Liverpool Street. You will be advised of the appropriate entrance for your vehicle by the organisers in due course and instructed by our traffic marshals onsite.

Venue Address

Surface Design Show 2022
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH UK

Waste Disposal

All stands, gangways and common areas within the exhibition hall will be cleaned each day, prior to show open.

Rubbish should be placed each evening in the gangways and NOT left on the stand.

If the activities on your stand mean that you will produce a large amount of waste that needs to be removed regularly throughout the day, please contact the cleaning contractor direct to obtain a quotation for these services. Click here for BDC webshop where you will find the Waste Order Form.


The BDC provides free, unsupported Wi-Fi.

*Please note that the BDC warns that this wireless network is not secure or supported and they do not provide any virus scanning or firewall facilities*

Please see the Internet & Telecoms Order Form for internet connection options on the BDC webshop.