When is MCM London Comic con?

MCM London is a bi annual convention, with this year’s 2019 shows being held on May 24-26 and potentially October 25-27 if last year’s date is anything to go by. Both are held at the EXCEL, which is located on a 100 acre site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands.

Opening times for MCM London

On the Friday, priority tickets will give you access from 10-7pm. Priority Saturday is 9am-6pm and priority Sunday is 9am-5pm. General admission is from 11am on each day and last admission is 4pm on the weekend.

How much and where to get tickets for MCM London Comic con

General entry tickets start from £17.50 and priority tickets start from £25.50, the main difference being that priority gives you access to the show floor for an hour or 2 before general admission ticket holders. You can alternatively purchase a full 3 day weekend ticket for £68.50. Where can I buy tickets for MCM London Comic Con I hear you ask, look no further:

What to expect

Chaos. The Excel is a huge venue and Comic Con occupies both sides. It will be filled with the best part of 50,000 people on each of the Saturday and Sunday, so if you are looking to navigate Comic Con with a little more ease, our advice would be to go on the Friday. It will still be busy, but not Saturday busy. Security is rightfully thorough so expect to queue a while to get in on all days, especially if you are a priority ticket holder.

Top tips

If you are staying in a hotel, you ideally want one close by. The Ibis is a good budget option and the Hampton by Hilton is also within walking distance if you wanted something slightly more upmarket. Obviously the earlier you book the better so do it as soon as you have booked your convention tickets.

It goes without saying that the train and London underground are your best options to get you into that part of London.

If autographs and panels are your thing, you are in luck – be warned though, the lines are long so it may be worth paying extra for a priority ticket.

Modern day Comic con can be overwhelming with huge brands and companies all scrambling for a piece of the action, so make sure you dig deep and find time to search out the smaller traders, illustrators and writers.

There are lots of food options at the Excel for both lunch and dinner, but whilst inside the Excel, be prepared to pay a premium.

Other conventions this month

If you are looking to visit a Convention in May, there a few to choose from depending where in the UK you are. Here’s a list of upcoming conventions in the UK in May 2019.

Rai Con Spring 2019 May 4, 2019 The Glasgow Royal
Concert Hall
EM-Con Nottingham 2019 May 4-5, 2019 Motorpoint Arena
Play Expo Manchester 2019 May 4-5, 2019 Manchester Central
Convention Complex
Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2019 May 18-19, 2019 Fly DSA Arena
ConFuzzled 2019 May 24-28, 2019 Hilton Birmingham
Metropole Hotel
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest London 2019 May 25-26, 2019 Olympia London

Alternative conventions in this area

London Film & Comic Con 2019 July 26-28, 2019 Olympia