The international stamp exhibition, London 2022, will take place on 19 to 26 February at London’s Business Design Centre in Islington. The exhibition has FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) patronage and FEPA (Federation of European Philatelic Associations) recognition.
The Business Design Centre
The Business Design Centre is located in Upper Street and is a short walk from Angel station on the Northern Line of London Underground. The Northern Line provides a direct connection to Kings Cross, St Pancras International and Euston national rail stations, and links with many parts of London. However, note that there will be no Northern Line trains between Kennington and Moorgate (thus serving London Bridge Station and Bank) for the duration of the exhibition. Many bus routes pass along Upper Street.
The exhibition will be open each day from 10am to 6pm (except it will close at 4pm on Saturday, 26 February). Entry will be free on all days except for the Opening Day, 19 February. On that day admission will cost £10 (tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.london2022.co).
The booth holders will be located on the Village Green, Mezzanine Level and Gallery Bays (a full list of the booth holders can be found on the exhibition website). Present will be dealers, auctioneers, publishers and postal administrations. The stand of Royal Mail will be found on the Village Green on entering the exhibition.
Stamp Active (to be found on the Mezzanine Level) will welcome all young collectors with encouragement and advice. There will be free activities and goodie bags and the chance to win the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black.. Up to 100 youngsters will receive a £20 Voucher to spend with dealers at the show.
The Royal Philatelic Society London will have a booth – discover all about the world’s leading philatelic society.
There will be a total of 3,400 frames of exhibits, divided between the two halves of the exhibition. These can be seen in the Gallery Hall and Auditorium. Exhibits of Postal History, Postal Stationery, Open Class, Picture Postcards, Revenues and part of the Youth Class will be on display from Saturday, 19 February until midday on Tuesday, 22 February. Entries of Traditional Philately, Aerophilately, Thematics, the remainder of the Youth Class, plus exhibits for the World Stamp Championship, can be seen from Wednesday, 23 February until midday on Friday, 25 February.
Exhibits in the Gallery Hall
There will be an opportunity during Saturday, 26 February to see those exhibits that have been recognised as the ‘Best in Class’, as well as the Grand Prix National, Grand Prix International and World Stamp Championship winners.
The entries in the Literature Class can be consulted every day of the exhibition in the Reading Room, which will be found on the Village Green.
Catering is provided on the Gallery Level.
Over thirty philatelic societies will be holding meetings during the exhibition while several societies will each have a table at the exhibition on Wednesday, 23 February. In addition during the exhibition FEPA will be holding two seminars, while several of the FIP Commissions will be holding meetings. Full details of all the meetings including day and time can be found on the exhibition website (www.london2022.co).
For those intending to spend a few days in London, hotel bookings can be arranged though HotelSmart, with a link available on the website.