Business Travel in Brighton
|| With its amazing sea
views, top class facilities, buzzing nightlife and wonderful hotels,
Brighton can make the dullest of conferences or business meetings
a pleasant experience.
If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your conference,
presentation or seminar, then check out the 4,500-seater Brighton
which is one of the UK's largest and most famous conference centres.
Frequently used for party political conferences and national
and international association conventions, the centre host
events for up to 500 delegates. While smaller functions can be accommodated
in the East Wing extension and the good range of meeting rooms, where
up to 12 sessions for 200 delegates can run in parallel.
The city’s other premier business facility is the Brighton
Dome Complex [map],
which comprises of the Dome Theatre, Corn Exchange and Pavilion Theatre,
plus a small number of rooms suitable for meetings. This complex is
often used for national conventions by organisations such as the Rotary
Club and the Barbershop Singers, along with opening and
closing ceremonies for festivals and sports events.
With three different sized facilities available, the Pavilion Theatre
holds 250, the Dome Theatre has room for 2,000 and the Corn Exchange
can accommodate 800, this is a great choice whatever the occasion.
Both the University of Sussex [map]
and Brighton University [map]
also have conference facilities that are available all year round.
The University of Sussex’s contribution, the non-residential
Conference Centre, opened in January 2004 on the third floor
of Bramber House [map]
and can accommodate from 10 to 250 people. The centre’s contemporary
design incorporates state-of-the-art technology, such as integrated
controls for audio-visual equipment, lighting and blinds, with air
conditioning, induction hearing loops and dedicated technical support.
Over at the University of Brighton there are facilities available
to hire on three campuses, Falmer, Moulsecoomb and Varley Halls. Each
site offers a self-contained venue with an excellent range
of lecture theatres and seminar rooms, restaurant and car parking.
The largest hall seats up to 250 people.
Once the conference is sorted you’ll need to arrange accommodation,
but that shouldn’t be too hard in Brighton as the city is packed
with hotels that cater for business visitors.
The cream of the crop is the five star De Vere Grand Hotel [map]
on the seafront, which has a restaurant, 24-hour room service, televisions
in every room, parking, computer facilities, Internet access and a
fitness club. This hotel also offers extensive business and conference
facilities that can play host to everything from breakfast meetings
to product launches.
Next on the list for splendour is the Thistle Brighton [map],
a modern, four star international hotel that is close to all the city’s
major conference centres and attractions. The hotel actually has its
own top class business facilities including a boardroom, audio-visual
aids, computers, projectors and a fax machine.
If you want to make the most of your business trip by getting plenty
of exercise then the Hilton Brighton Metropole [map]
on Kings Road is the hotel for you. This place is a firm favourite
with visiting businesspeople as it has an extensive fitness club,
including a gym, swimming pool, and aerobics classes. The hotel also
has several restaurants to choose from.
For a less expensive but comfortable stay in Brighton try the Jarvis
Norfolk Hotel [map],
which is set on the King's Road promenade with a beautiful view of
the sea. It is close to the main conference centres and a short walk
into the city centre, while the facilities here include a restaurant,
hairdresser and swimming pool.
At the end of the working day it’s time to freshen up and enjoy
a delicious meal at one of Brighton’s 400 restaurants and café-bars.
Among those best suited to business visitors, whether you’re
taking a client out for dinner or dining alone, is Curve [map]
in the North Laine district, which offers beautiful Mediterranean
food in fancy but relaxed surroundings.
on Duke Street in the city centre is the place to go if you want to
impress a prospective client as it attracts a well-dressed crowd of
Or for a simple evening meal in a restaurant where lone diners are
always well looked after, head to Café Pasta [map]
in the trendy Lanes area of town. This restaurant, a sister to
the Pizza Express chain, offers an extensive range of pasta dishes
from carbonara to Bolognese.
If you plan to dance the night away or just want to hang out in a
cool bar then stay in The Lanes district and you can’t
go far wrong. The place is full of pubs, wine bars and nightclubs.
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