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Why Visit

For everyone working in retail design, marketing, branding, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting…


It’s got everything you need. Whether it’s to find new ideas or suppliers, to benchmark your existing practices, to learn from our headline-grabbing speakers in our extensive conference and workshop programme, or to rub shoulders with leading trendsetters, Retail Design Expo will deliver.

Retail Design Expo brings nearly 300 exhibitors from all branches of retail design, marketing, visual merchandising and shopfitting. There are lighting designers and manufacturers, design consultancies, surfaces and materials suppliers, flooring companies, POP designers and manufacturers, visual merchandising companies, visual merchandising Christmas suppliers, display and fixtures manufacturers, furniture suppliers, signage companies, graphics and large format print suppliers, shopfitters, research and trends consultancies – everything you could possibly want under one roof.

Large and small companies will be exhibiting, some you may have seen before but many are new. And they don’t just come from the UK! We’ve got companies from Italy, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Austria, Holland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Hong Kong and the USA.

What’s more, many exhibitors are launching new products and services at Retail Design Expo - visitors will literally be the first to witness a raft of new innovations, news ideas, new materials, structures, fixtures and fittings.

Read all of our exhibitor round ups at Retail Design World

I came to learn, learn and learn a bit more. I think the thing I most loved about this place is the breadth of solutions. There’s widgets, there’s gadgets, there’s things. But, more importantly, there’s ideas, there’s thinking, there’s nice, intuitive thought pieces. I’m really genuinely surprised by the size of the show – around twice the size of last year.  We’re always on the search for new suppliers.

Guy Smith, Head of Design, Arcadia

No question, I think this [event] has been very well put together, I think that the scale of it is very manageable and I think it’s very attractive, and I’ve been impressed in a couple of the discussion groups and presentations that have been taking place.

Andrew Jennings, Non Executive Director, Ted Baker


Visitors come from Tier 1 and 2 retailers, smaller chains and independents, leisure and hospitality operators, brand owners, design consultancies and architectural services. These include:

● Retail Design Consultancies ● Architectural Services ● Grocery ● Alcoholic Drinks ● Soft Drinks ● Confectionery and Snacks ● Fashion and Footwear ● Health and Beauty ● Pharmacies ● Home and Garden ● Electricals ● Accessories and Jewellery ● Children’s Wear ● Travel and Leisure ● Sports and Toys ● Banks and Building Societies ● Telecomms and Computers ● Hotels ● Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants ● Luxury Goods ● Theme Parks, Cinemas and Museums

Download a sample of companies who visited Retail Design Expo 2016



Exhibition Day 1 - Wednesday 2nd May 2018 9.30am - 5pm
Exhibition Day 2 - Thursday 3rd May 2018 9.30am - 5pm

Retail Design Expo will be held at Olympia, in Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX. For further information, please visit http://www.olympia.co.uk

How to get there?
(Scroll further down for Tube, Bus, Taxi and Car) The closest tube/train station to Retail Design Expo is Kensington Olympia. The dedicated entrance - Central Hall Entrance on Hammersmith Road, is a 2 minute walk away.
To view all travel options, please see http://www.olympia.co.uk/visiting/getting-here/train-tube

All four London airports (City, Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports) have easy transport links to Olympia - whether by London Underground or mainline rail services.

City Airport to Olympia
Take the Docklands’ Light Railway (DLR) from City Airport to Canning Town station. Change to the Underground and take the Jubilee Line towards Westminster. At Westminster, change to the District Line to Kensington Olympia.
For more details about London City Airport visit www.londoncityairport.com or call +44 (0) 20 7646 0088.
Underground Fare Zones travelled through: 1, 2 and 3
Estimated journey time: 59 minutes - please note that this is subject to change (e.g. peak hours), see www.tfl.gov.uk

Gatwick Airport to Olympia
You may take the Gatwick Express to Victoria then change from Victoria to the District Line towards Kensington Olympia.
For more details about Gatwick Airport visit www.baa.com/gatwick or call +44 (0) 870 000 2468
Underground Fare Zones travelled through: 1, 2; 
Estimated journey time: 55 minutes.
For the Gatwick Express, please visit www.gatwickexpress.com

Heathrow Airport to Olympia
Take the Heathrow Express train towards Paddington. At Paddington, change onto the District Line straight to Kensington Olympia.
For more details about Heathrow Airport visit www.baa.com/heathrow or call +44 (0) 870 000 0123
Underground Fare Zones travelled through: 1, 2.
Estimated journey time: 41 minutes please note that this is subject to change (e.g. peak hours), see www.tfl.gov.uk
For a cheaper but more time consuming journey, you can travel by coach. Please see www.eco.co.uk

Stansted Airport to Olympia
Take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street station, take the Circle Line towards Earl's Court and change there for the District Line towards Kensington Olympia.
For more details about Stansted Airport visit www.baa.com/stansted or call +44 (0) 870 0000 303
Underground Fare Zones travelled through: 1. 
Estimated journey time: 30 minutes - please note that this is subject to change (e.g. peak hours), see www.tfl.gov.uk

Olympia is on both the District Line (dark green line) and the Overground Line (orange striped line) - use journey planner on www.tfl.gov.uk to get various routes and for tube travel information.

The buses 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 391 and C1 go to Olympia.


Enjoy a ride in an iconic black cab or use cabwise to organise a cheaper, official minicab. The address to quote is: Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

Directions to Olympia - From M1/A1/M11/A10 take the A406 westbound to A4. Continue on A4 over Hammersmith Flyover until A4 becomes West Cromwell Road and follow the signs.
From M4/A4 follow directions as above.
From A3/M3 follow signs for central London, take Wandsworth or Putney Bridges. From Wandsworth Bridge, turn left onto New Kings Road, turn right onto Fulham High Street, which becomes Fulham Palace Road, turn right onto Lillie Road and follow signs. From Putney Bridge, turn left onto Fulham Palace Road and follow directions as above.
From M2/M20/A2 follow signs to central London, take Blackfriars, London, Waterloo, Vauxhall, Southwark, Chelsea or Battersea Bridges, turn left along Embankment and follow signs. From A12/A13 follow signs for central London towards Tower or London Bridge. Do not cross bridge, instead continue along Embankment and follow signs.

There is Barclay's Bicycle hire outside Kensington Olympia - they need to be booked and they are free for the first 30 minutes.
For a list of all available Barclay's Bicycle hire stations, visit http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/traveltools/



We are pleased to announce that we have a Headquarters hotel for Retail Design Expo 2018 – The Hilton London Olympia, right next to Olympia and have negotiated special discounted rates for exhibitors and visitors. We are letting you know so you have the first opportunity to book rooms, which can be done through Event Express our official hotel booking company via the link below which is also on the website.

There are also details on other hotels with preferential rates. The Hilton Olympia is likely to get fully booked so we recommend you book as soon as possible, to book a hotel click here.

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