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Area Guide - The Grand Brighton
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With its sumptuous Italian Renaissance style, The Grand Brighton is a masterpiece of Victorian splendour and has been lovingly restored following a multi-million pound investment including refurbishment of all lounge areas, cocktail bar, restaurant and guest bedrooms. The hotel stands proud on Brighton's seafront, boasts panoramic sea views and is just a stones throw away from the famous Lanes, Brighton Pier, The Royal Pavilion, theatres and nightlife.
The 201 newly decorated bedrooms have been furnished with fabrics and interiors to a very high standard featuring luxury Egyptian linens and bathrobes, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV’s with satellite and some Sky channels.
For pure indulgence and total relaxation guests can head down to The Sp@ The Grand, the elegant new Day Spa. The Grand’s new spa is impressive at first sight. Plus, if you want to work out as well as relax there is a modern air-conditioned gym on the first floor. The luxurious Spa at The Grand, run by our own experienced and professionally trained therapists, provides the perfect relaxation retreat, offering treatments in calm and tranquil surroundings.
One of Brighton's most glamorous culinary hotspots, GB1 Seafood Restaurant and Bar offers the south coast's finest and freshest fish and seafood caught daily. GB1 is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, offering an a la carte menu, specials from the blackboard and affordable set lunch menus. Whether you want a quick bite and a glass of bubbles from the restaurant's stunning champagne and oyster bar, a quiet dinner or celebratory feast, GB1 offers the perfect dining experience for all. Quality meat dishes from the grill, classic British favourites and vegetarian dishes are available.
If it is something less formal you're after try the Victoria Lounge and Terrace with its tantalising array of classic British dishes and light lunchtime favourites. This is where you can indulge in our famous Grand Afternoon Tea, whilst enjoying uninterrupted views of the seafront, mere yards away. Traditional Sussex Cream Teas are available from Monday to Friday: 3pm-6pm and on Saturday and Sunday there are two sittings at 2.30pm and 4.30pm It is essential to pre-book afternoon tea prior to arrival.
Boasting old world elegance, The Victoria Bar offers an extensive cocktail, wine and drinks list including the classics you'd expect and a few that might surprise. You can sit back and check your e-mail using the Wi-Fi and mull over the big decisions, like will it be the Mojito, a refreshing glass of Pimms or a glass of Champagne.
A Guide to Brighton
Brighton is probably one of the most popular seaside resorts in England, due to its close proximity to London and the excellent attractions and entertainment it offers. Full of bohemian spirit, Brighton is renowned for being artistic and avant-garde in every sense. There are also many Brighton hotels and B&Bs and to fully complement your stay, and suit a range of needs. Whatever your reason for visiting Brighton, you should not be disappointed.
Getting There and Away
Gatwick Airport is located 28 miles/ 45 km from central Brighton.
To and from Gatwick Airport:
Brighton’s main train station is located centrally (Queen's Road, Brighton, BN1 3XP) and sees direct trains arrive from London, the North West, the Midlands and South Wales.
Brighton’s main coach station for all national arrivals is Pool Valley Coach Station (11-12 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ), which is located by the seafront, close to the centre of town.
Brighton is a very compact city, making it really easy to get around on foot. Both the seafront and the city centre are within easy reach, being just a ten minute walk from each other.
Brighton has a reliable and extensive bus network with services all over the Brighton and Hove area. The service also includes night buses.
The main taxi ranks are located on East Street, Queen's Square and at Hove Town Hall.
Brighton BN1 1EE
April to September 09:30-17:45
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Booth Museum of Natural History
194 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 5AA
Monday to Saturday 10:00-17:00
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
19 New Church Road, Brighton, BN3 4AB
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00
Brighton Fishing Museum
Arch 201, Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB
Where to Stay
Whether you love the luxury of a 5 star hotel, the style of a small boutique hotel, or the home-from-home feel of a bed and breakfast; LateRooms has some fantastic accommodation deals available.
Where to Eat
Momma Cherri’s Big House
2-3 Little East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HT, +44 (0)1273 325305
1 Buckingham Place, Brighton, BN1 3TD, +44 (0)1273 885555
Mint Leaf Café
42 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB, +44 (0)1273 323 824
7 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE, +44 (0)7710 161 562
77 Saint Georges Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, BN2 1EN, +44 (0)1273 600992
Brighton’s nightlife is extensive and attracts a busy crowd, especially at the weekend. Whether you are looking for a relaxed glass of wine in a sophisticated bar, some hard-core clubbing, or a good old dance to some cheesy pop, you will not be short of places to go.
6 Rock Place, Brighton, BN2 1PF
Fortune of War
157 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB
33 Richmond Place, Brighton, BN2 9NA
214 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN2 9HJ
Black and White
Brighton Marina, Brighton, BN2 5WA
Theatre & Entertainment
Brighton has many entertainment venues whether you like dance, drama, comedy, or just a good West End style musical.
The Brighton Centre
Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2GR
Church Street, Brighton, B1 1UG
New Road, Brighton, BN1 1SD
Gardner Arts Centre
University of Sussex Campus, Brighton, BN1 9RA
44 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN
Brighton Fringe Festival
For the Kids
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EB
Tuesday to Friday 10:00-17:00
Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1TW
FREE entry to pier, rides and attractions priced individually.
Brighton Sea Life Centre
Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TB
October to February 10:00-17:00
March to September 10:00-18:00
285 Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1EN
Easter to Mid September only
Single: Adult £1.50, Child £0.70
If you want to shop in Brighton, then expect to break away from the norm. While there is an outlet shopping centre and a good selection of high street stores, it is well worth perusing the famous 17th century Brighton Lanes, which offer over 300 individual shops specialising in all types of things. The Lanes ooze with culture and exoticism and really capture the true essence of Brighton.
Churchill Square Shopping Centre
Brighton, BN1 2RG
Brighton BN2 5WA
Gay & Lesbian
Brighton is well known as being the gay capital of the UK, and attracts many visitors every year due to its exuberant nightlife and flair for extravagance.
32-34 Old Steine Brighton BN1 1EL
7 George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RH
Charles Street Bar
8 Marine Parade, Brighton,
129 St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1TH
The Brighton Tavern
100 Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AP
As well as great nightlife other dates for the calendar are:
Brighton Pride: Summer festival and parade
Brighton Pride: Winter festival