Amy Moore visits the attraction, which is held annually at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
London Film and Comic Con is a popular cultural event hosted annually in the capital. GTW attended on Saturday July 12 at the prestigious event’s venue, Earls Court and Earls Court II.
We were welcomed by a host of TV, film and comic stars, including Stan Lee in his final EU signing appearance. The circular structure boasts ease to access, situated on the doorstep of Earls Court underground station. Perhaps not suitable for coaches, the venue houses a car park for over 1,600 vehicles accessible via Old Brompton Road. Those visiting are advised to arrive early to avoid lengthy of people. We had a 0330hrs start, arriving into Earls Court around 0730hrs. The initiative to pre book worked to our advantage as we were welcomed by a multitude of queues.
I had visited the event once before and it was nowhere near as popular. Standard entry tickets (from 1100hrs) were priced at £8 with early-bird entry available at £15. The weather couldn’t have been nicer as we queued for a couple hours in the scorching sun. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee were on display to admire, with the late addition of Doc Emmett Brown’s white van from popular science fiction flick Back To The Future courtesy of Secret Cinema, which has recently seen a screening of the film within a re constructed Hill Valley setting.
We had entered the venue by 0930hrs, with highlights that included photo shoots, discussion panels and autograph sessions at an additional cost, ideal for those seeking an audience with their favoured celebrities. Weaving in and out of stalls, collectibles were on offer to purchase should one require a souvenir of their trip. Though not particularly considered group friendly, guests will get the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, with a wondrous amount of ‘cosplay’ on display. My guest and I decided to follow suit with a DC theme, emitting a creative spin on Batgirl and the combined effort of The Joker.
Stamps upon exit allowed free re entry, allowing guests free roam to explore the area. Visitors could purchase a day travel card for use between zones one and six, costing as little as £8.90 and allowing ‘hop on, hop off’ access. We took advantage and stopped for lunch at Covent Garden, as there didn’t appear to be any restaurants nearby. It’s definitely an attraction worth visiting for the experience alone. Familiar faces attend, with many choosing to tour such events. London Film and Comic Con is scheduled to return on Saturday October 18 to Sunday October 19, with tickets now available to purchase online via the website: www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/winter
Covent Garden tube station remains exit only through the summer season, while two lifts are replaced. Upon exit, visitors are taken into the heart of London’s shopping and theatre district. Covent Garden Market is a particular warm weather highlight, bustling with street entertainers and musicians. We proceeded down a cobbled side street to Wagamama, a Japanese Restaurant and Noodle Bar, which offered gourmet delights washed down with a cooling iced tea. Nearby are a number of attractions suitable for a group itinerary, with guest curators offering guided tours of the area. Suggestions can be found on the locations website: www.coventgardenlondonuk.com