The 2021 edition of LBF will be taking place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The information below is for the in-person event, which will hopefully return in 2022.
The London Book Fair is London’s biggest event for writers, publishers and production channels of all kinds. London Book Fair started as a hub for publishing industry and printed-word professionals to network, negotiate and learn. But it’s evolved far beyond that. These days, as many as 25,000 people from a wide range of industries attend—from books and films to video games and advertising. For more of the month’s top events, see what’s on this month.
What to expect
As a visitor, you’ll have access to some of the industry’s leading professionals. Well over 1,000 companies from all around the world come to exhibit. So if you’re looking to speak to someone in-the-know, there’s a very good chance they’ll be there.
London Book fair also hosts talks, conferences and workshops, largely run by industry professionals and successful guest writers. With as many as 200 events, you’d be hard pressed not to find something that speaks to you! You can check the full line-up on the official website. Subjects cover all levels of experience, with subjects including rights negotiation, academic research and children’s media.
Tickets for London Book Fair
Before you can book your tickets, you’ll need to “register” your interest. All that really means is filling out a 10-minute questionnaire. Once you’ve completed the form you should be able to buy a ticket just like any other event.
A standard ticket for visitors costs £60.00. That’s great value if you’re a keen networker planning to make the most of all three days of the festival, though sadly there’s no single-day option. Additional events, such as the LBF Writers’ Summit, Education Conference and Introduction to Rights can cost up to £120.00–£240.00. So it’s well worth deciding what you’re attending for before you splash out. Prices here include VAT, which isn’t initially included in the official website’s price guides.
Getting to London Book Fair
London Book fair is once again taking place at the cavernous Olympia Exhibition Centre in Kensington. Unsurprising then that the closest station is Kensington (Olympia) on the overground—one stop from Shepard’s Bush (Central Line). If you’re happy to walk up to 15 minutes, Earl’s Court on the District and Piccadilly lines is also an option.