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April 04 2024

London Games Festival

Get ready Player One for the annual London Games Festival, the annual spring peek at the next big thing in gaming. Here, you can catch up with a community of gaming enthusiasts and creators and immerse yourself in a virtual world. Whether you’re an avid gamer or an occasional console holder, the London Games Festival is a digital delight. Here’s what you need to know. 


What is the London Games Festival? 

The London Games Festival is one of the biggest gaming showcases in London, taking place across the city every April. The festival puts the spotlight on creativity, technology and passion in the gaming world. Get insider information on new releases, play retro games, watch live presentations and listen to illuminating panel discussions. There’s also the chance to meet some of the world’s most respected indie creators.


Is the London Games Festival free?

While there are free events at the London Games Festival, most workshops, talks and special events require registration, and some have fees. Visit the official website for the London Games Festival for tickets and more scheduling info.


What to see at the London Games Festival

There’s a packed programme of London gaming events over 16 days, all themed by industry, gameplay and talent and impact. The industry programme focuses on networking events for gaming professionals and the games finance market, bringing together developers, publishers and investors. The talent and impact programme opens the doors on London’s game studios, inviting players and professionals to go behind the scenes, and includes talks on AI and sustainability. 


In the gameplay programme, you can try out exciting new games with Now Play This, part of the London Games Festival at Somerset House. There’s also the London Games Festival’s Official Selection and the playable WASD Games Expo at the Truman Brewery. Also, you can catch many of the in-person events online too, so you don’t have to miss out. 



One of the festival highlights is the Ensemble exhibition, which celebrates gaming professionals from Black, Asian and underrepresented ethnicities. Ensemble showcases the work of influential professionals and highlights the importance of diversity in creating rich gaming worlds that welcome everyone. This is all about drawing more people into this creative community. 


WASD Games Expo

At the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, you can get truly hands on at the WASD Games Expo. At this popular gaming exhibition in London, you can try out previously unseen releases, the most talked-about games and show your mastery of the classics in the retro section. Get your tickets from the WASD website

If you’re travelling to London for the London Games Festival this year, choose one of our Thistle Hotels across Central London and make the most of your festival experience.