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Why Studying In Islington Is So Good!

Last updated March 8th, 2021

London, London, London! There's no place quite like London and we are so lucky to be based in the vibrant heart of it - Islington.

We are proud to teach vocational courses delivering practical knowledge so it was essential for us to be based in the heart of the events industry, and surrounded by the latest companies & brands to keep us on our toes.

So for those of you that will be studying one of our live courses, you will spending (some of) your time studying in the Business Design Centre (BDC) in London. Not only is this a Grade II listed building, which was originally opened as the Royal Agricultural Hall in 1861 and is now a living, breathing exhibition centre spanning over 6,000 square metres, but it is also slap bang in the middle of one of the coolest districts of London: Islington.

The BDC (as it’s affectionately known) is actually quite a small exhibition space in comparison to the massive, corporate spaces like Excel and is run by friends & supporters to the Event Academy – the Morris family. Because it’s more compact and central, the BDC regularly hosts more niche shows from the National Geographic Traveller Food Festival to the Spice Girls exhibition. In addition to the exhibitions, it’s also home to a range of creative businesses from marketing and brand experts Contagious to British clothing retailer Barbour which definitely makes popping to the canteen an interesting experience at lunch! So from digital media to fashion to art & design – it’s all here, plus you can find unique one off events for example; Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin’s pre-match weigh-in was held in the main showroom! Pretty cool huh!?

 

As a student in the BDC you will receive a discount at the Cafe on the 2nd Floor to tuck into some tasty treats from the on site pizza chef or you can pop out to the cafe’s and local Sainsburys – there’s loads of choices. Plus we are also very pleased to be at a venue that is putting sustainability at the heart of everything they do – not only from their comprehensive recycle and reuse scheme but also their drive to eliminate all plastics from the venue in 2019. Being based in Islington, the nearest underground station is Angel (Zone 1) which gives you fast access around London on the Northern but if you want to drive then parking is available, and details can be found here. But we suggest leaving the car at home, particularly with the Congestion Charge!

Discover our live courses based in Islington, London

 

Islington is full of life and is one of the most eclectic, trendy places to be in London. There are shops, cafes, bars, pubs, nightclubs, cinemas and even karaoke within 5 mins walk of the BDC. For example, if you’re a fan of comedy, Angel Comedy is the place to be (and it’s always free!) or why not pop down to Camden Passage to check out the vintage & retro shops or the laidback restaurants including the famous Breakfast Club which hosts an all-day brunch – essential!

Just a few minutes walk, it’s worth checking out Screen on the Green which is an independent network of retro cinema spaces. It’s iconic for all the right reasons, putting a twist on the traditional cinema experience screening old and modern films alike. There’s just so much to do in Angel, there are over 200 bars and restaurants, green spaces and affordable office spaces – you’ll truly get a feel of the everyday hustle and bustle that London is so well-known for. Side note: you can find the best Mac & Cheese Burger in Chapel Market.

From time to time, we will also be taking you on site visits to experience different locations relevant to your course. We do NOT believe in staying couped up in a classroom so expect site visits to London Olympic Stadium, The Welsh Chapel, Victoria House, Westfield, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Oxo Tower and Hilton Group. The list goes on!

 

So if you’re considering a course, make sure you check out the local area, we don’t as an institution offer accommodation for students that will be relocating in order to take our courses so you must make sure you either factor in travel to your lessons at the BDC or consider flat-sharing. But don’t forget as we are based near Angel that’s super close to Kings Cross & St Pancras so travel further afield is also easy if necessary.

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