Brighton is known for its strengths in the digital, cultural and creative industries, as well as health, environmental and life sciences. The trendy seaside city is recognised as a dynamic conference setting with a vibrant atmosphere, writes Benjamin Coren.
British Airways i360
Address: Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN
Tel: 03337 720 360
The world’s tallest moving observation tower is available for exclusive event hire for receptions for up to 175 people. There is a sky bar, sound system and video screens. Beachside event rooms are also available for hire, featuring state-of-the-art AV systems and superfast fibre-optic broadband. DDR from £49.50 (+VAT) per person
Address: 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 03000 290 902
Web: brightonmuseums.org/ royalpavilion
The former royal pleasure palace of King George IV is steeped in history and heritage. Designed to entertain the King’s court, the magnificent banqueting room can host up to 200 delegates for a drinks reception and 150 for a buffet. Various other rooms in the property are also available to hire as well as the Brighton Museum rooms. Room hire costs starts from £580.
ON A SHOESTRING
Sussex County Cricket Ground
Address: The 1st Central County Ground, Eaton Road, Hove, BN3 3AN
Tel: 0844 264 1736
With pitch-side views, the county ground’s event facilities are a good choice for meetings and product launches. A variety of rooms and layout options are available, for 10 to 500 people. Catering is from the 1839 hospitality team. DDRs from £25 (+VAT) per person.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Address: Waterfront, Brighton Marina Village, Brighton, BN2 5WA
Tel: 01273 679 799
The newly opened seaside hotel at Brighton Marina is suitable for both board meetings and conferences. Bespoke meetings packages are available and there are numerous ‘Work & Play’ room options for up to 84 delegates theatre style. Packages include room hire, lunch, LCD projector and screen or TV, various accessories and high-speed wifi. DDR from £40 (+VAT) per person.
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Address: Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GS
Tel: 01273 320 6700
The Jurys Inn Waterfront has fully refurbished its meetings and events spaces as part of a £5.6million refit. The nine flexible rooms boast new interiors suited to meetings and training session for eight up to 300 delegates. Each room is equipped with modern AV and high-speed wifi networks. The DDR ranges from £35-£52 (+VAT) per person
OUT OF TOWN
American Express Community Stadium
Address: Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL
Tel: 01273 878 272
The American Express Community Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, has nine conference rooms, 21 executive boxes and five concourses for hire. The stadium has good transport links with parking for over 800 cars and an onsite train station. The venue can host events for as few as two delegates or up to 500. The DDR starts from £29.50 (+VAT) per person.
Brighton is well connected with road and rail links to international airports and major UK cities. Brighton is under an hour away from London by rail and 40 minutes by road on the M23. London Gatwick Airport is 30 minutes away and Heathrow is 90 minutes away. Further inform