Finance strategy 10 min read

12 London finance events to attend in 2022

Patrick Whatman

Want to meet other finance professionals and learn more from industry experts? Looking for new work opportunities, innovative technologies to explore, and smart companies to follow?

Or maybe you simply want an excuse to get out of the office to get your creative juices flowing.

Attending an industry conference could be the change of pace and inspiration you seek…and we’ve listed some of the most interesting events in London to get you started.

Here are our suggestions for the best London finance events to attend in 2022. We’ve split them into the big, broad industry conferences, and those for practitioners with a specific niche.

Not in the UK, but in Europe? Check out our complete list of European finance events to attend in 2022.

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General finance conferences

Keen to network, learn from big names, and discuss the major trends affecting finance and technology? These are London's large-scale events that might take your fancy.

1. UK Fintech Week & IFGS

Innovate Finance dedicates an entire week to UK fintech, with different events running each day. These will cover core topics including growth, scaling, trends, and will showcase plenty of notable UK fintech success stories. 

The week will kick off with IFGS 2022, discussing London’s fintech innovation and how it plays into a larger global context of investment and startups.

Other events during the week will cover topics like future proofing financial services, diversity in fintech, and ethics in AI. 

When: April 4-8, 2022

Where: Guildhall (IFGS 2022) and greater London 

To register: Event website

2. FTT Embedded Finance & Super-Apps

Interested in the future of financial services and fintech’s rapid expansion vs traditional providers?

This conference will deep dive into the subject with 40+ expert speakers and live panels. You’ll also get to network with an exciting and disruptive community of retailers, manufacturers, insurers, telcos, fintechs and tech innovators.

Key Themes:

  • Tech between non-financial institutions and end users
  • How and when to provide insurance options to customers
  • Embedded financing and its new challenges

When: April 26, 2022

Where: County Hall, Westminster, London

To register: Event website

3. Accountex

This event brings over 9000 accountancy and finance professionals to share industry best practices, solutions, and to connect.

Accountex is the conference for staying on top of the latest innovations and tools to support the digital revolution in accounting and finance.

Even better, admission is free to those who have pre-registered online and you can receive 8 CPD (continuing professional development) hours for attending.

As industry professionals also come to discover new accountancy tools and softwares, the conference is a great opportunity for exhibitors too. 

When: May 11-12, 2022

Where: ExCel, London  

To register: Event website

4. Fintech World Forum

This is London's all-things-fintech event. The agenda is bold, varied, and features keynotes from some of the best-known and fastest growing companies.

Over two days, finance experts from Google, IBM, Huawei and more will present topics ranging from crypto and NFTs, the changing landscape of fraud, and the future of AI and embedded banking.

Compared with some of the other events on this list, the Fintech World Forum is relatively intimate. It’s not set in a giant stadium, and attendees won’t feel lost in a sea of their peers.

It’s a good setting to connect with others in your field, and get face-to-face time with industry VIPs.

When: 23-24 May, 2022

Where: Kensington Conference and Event Centre, London

To register: Event website

5. Finance and Accounting Annual Symposium

This 2-day event is free to attend, and a must for those interested in finance theory and academia in data analytics and accounting. Organized and hosted by the Westminster Business School, this symposium explores financial data issues in depth. 

This year’s theme is “Climate Finance, Risks and Related Opportunities”, with specific topics covering ESG, responsible investing, and financial econometrics.

The featured keynote speakers for this 2-day event are Stanford Social Science Research Scholar, Dr. Gireesh Shrimali and Director of the Green Finance Institute, Mr. Ryan Jude.

When: 18-19 June, 2020

Where: University of Westminster, London

To register: Event website

6. Fintech Week 2022

Not to be confused with the first event on this list, Fintech Week London takes place in summer 2022 and will include a Fintech Awards component.

This year’s edition has 150 expert speakers lined up from high-street banks and challengers, to technology giants and international financial institutions. 

This week is dedicated to exploring and discussing the “coming of age of the fintech industry” and its evolution from disruption to an official player in the financial sector. Specific key topics will include:

  • Open banking as a service
  • Digital sovereignty
  • Big tech and big banks: coopetition 
  • Crypto and fintech for good

When: July 11-15, 2022

Where: etc. Venues, London

To register: Event website

Niche industry events

Sometimes the big broad events above can feel like all glitz and no substance. If you want to get into the nitty gritty in your specific industry, the following options might prove more rewarding.

7. Shoptalk Europe

The Shoptalk conference is dedicated to innovation and uniting experts from the UK’s e-commerce and retail sectors.

Join over 2500 decision-makers from new and established retailers, brands, startups, investors, and media analysts in discussing the latest trends and challenges. 

Shoptalk 2022 will cover the latest technologies and business models across all industries from apparel and electronics, to beauty and grocery. 

Key themes will include:

  • The Transformation of Physical Retail
  • Groundbreaking Digital Experiences
  • The Future of Grocery & FMCG
  • The Post-Pandemic Shopping Experience

When: June 6-8, 2022

Where: London

To register: Event website

8. Banking Transformation Summit

For those in banking: has COVID-19 accelerated your company’s digital transformation plans rapidly, but left many questions unanswered? If so, this summit could be a game-changer for you. 

With the evolution of open banking, BaaS, embedded banking, and increasing customer expectations, the sector is rapidly changing each day.

Staying on top of the latest news and technology is a must for financial institutions who want to stand out. Follow 50 expert speakers as they discuss the internal and external factors disrupting banking.

This is your chance to deep-dive into topics and get answers to the most pressing industry questions with keynote talks, fireside chats and themed panel sessions.

Key themes will include:

  • Traditional banks going digital 
  • Customer-centricity: future of customer CX
  • Streamline processes and operational resilience

When: June 29, 2022

Where: Novotel London West

To register: Event website

9. London Blockchain Expo

This year’s London Blockchain Expo will explore the growing potential and real-world impact of blockchain worldwide.

The expo will be hosted in hybrid format, and organizers are expecting 5000 attendees and more than 230 speakers.

Register earlier for discounted tickets, and get ready for expert key notes, interactive panel discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities.

This year’s conference will include sessions like:

  • Web 3.0 – the Building Blocks for a New Enterprise Landscape
  • The Blockchain Scalability Challenge
  • Educate and Regulate – Incentivising Blockchain Adoption
  • The Metaverse and NFTs
  • The Absence of Regulation in the Digital Assets Landscape

When: December 1-2, 2022

Where: Olympia, London

To register: Event website

10. Payments Summit Europe

This summit features a full line-up of industry executives, sharing their exclusive insights on trends, disruptions, and technologies reshaping the payments landscape. 

Join fellow professionals from banks, fintechs, e-commerce, merchants, and government to discuss establishing new business models, regulation, and best practices for the payments industry.

Come away with the knowledge and roadmaps to building a better payments strategy to drive more revenue in today’s market. 

Key themes include:

  • Manage Data to Drive Value in a Real-Time, Open & Digital World
  • Generating revenue from payments
  • Protecting customers in a digital world
  • The future of payment technologies

When: June 28-29, 2022

Where: Leonardo Tower Bridge Hotel, UK

To register: Event website

11. AltFi London Summit

After 2 years of virtual-only events, 2022 marks AltFi’s return to their in-person conference. Standard tickets are free with pre-registration, making this an easy opportunity to network with professionals and experts from the UK’s and Europe’s leading finance and banking companies. 

The agenda will explore deeper fintech and alternative finance, specifically the evolutions of open banking and alternative credit

Note: Standard tickets are available to register for free, but act quickly as attendance is strictly limited to 400.

Key themes

  • Banking on the metaverse
  • The rise of high net-worth neobanking
  • Web3: A new player in the open banking ecosystem
  • What Europe's top fintech VCs are looking for 
  • How lenders are adapting to post-covid lending environment
  • Hiring, hybrid working, and HR in 2022

When: April 27-28, 2022

Where: Park Plaza, London Riverbank

To register: Event website

Regular finance meetups

There are of course other events taking place on a regular basis. For finance leaders who want something reliable and ongoing, these communities can provide exactly this.

12. CFO Connect

If you’d rather join a tight-knit community than a one-off finance conference, CFO Connect is for you.

Regular online events (and with in-person meetings coming back as well!) across London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, and Amsterdam enable finance leaders to make valuable connections all over Europe. 

These events focus on one key topic per session, with two to three industry experts sharing their own experience and offering guidance to attendees. Recent events have covered:

CFO Connect is open to experienced finance professionals–not just CFOs–and those looking to become CFOs as a next career move.

The best part? There’s also an exclusive Slack community for members, hosting some of Europe’s most intriguing and insightful conversations on finance leadership.

To view events and join the community: CFO Connect website

Find more finance events in the United Kingdom

If you’re still looking for more, here are a few great places to keep an eye on:

UK Finance

UK Finance runs a huge range of its own trainings, conferences, dinners, and webinars. If you’d like to keep a steady stream of local events to attend, this is a great site to follow.

The Financial Services Forum

Similar to UK Finance, FS Forum runs lots of meetups and online events for members and non-members alike. These cover lots of interesting topics, and are definitely worth looking into.

10Times.com

10Times.com is a site to search for all kinds of events, everywhere. But its list of London finance events is comprehensive, including plenty that are hard to find elsewhere.

Get a ticket, book a spot, talk finance

We hope you’ll have the opportunity to attend one or more of these London finance events in 2022. Whether it’s an in-person, hybrid, or virtual gathering, there’s a lot to learn and even more people to meet and connect with. 

It’s always a good idea to expand your knowledge and your finance network–and participating in conferences is an engaging and exciting way to get inspired on the latest happenings in your industry.

And of course, we’d love for you to join CFO Connect. Hope to see you at one of our events soon!

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Patrick Whatman

Patrick Whatman is a content marketer and writer. He lives in Paris, loves music, and writes his own brand of cultural criticism for fun. Tweet him @mrwhatman where he mainly talks digital marketing, American sports and New Zealand trivia.