Spotlight on Brighton

With a wealth of venues from modern to historic to downright quirky, in both city centre and countryside settings, what’s not to love about Brighton as an event destination?

On the south coast, only 53 miles from London, it’s highly accessible via plane, train, automobile and even boat. Many venues are only a 10 minute walk away from the city centre station, making arrival by train the ideal travel solution for delegates.  The town is also known for its nightlife, arts scene, shopping and festivals.

The Kiss Wall, unveiled in 1992, brilliantly designed by Bruce Williams, is meant to reflect the diversity of Brighton’s residents. It is a celebration that calls for equality, understanding and acceptance between all individuals. It is lovely to see by day, but even more stunning at night. Fantastic!

Venues vary from seafront locations with stunning views and historic properties with stunning rooms to rural retreats set in the nearby South Downs, perfect for outdoor teambuilding activities.

For larger conferences with several thousand delegates we recommend city venues such as the Brighton Centre or Brighton Metropole. If you fancy something different and a little further afield, Butlins at Bognor Regis, 30 miles west along the coast, with its Traditional Fairground and Splash Waterworld, is a venue for up to 5,000.

For smaller conferences in the city we suggest the iconic seafront Brighton Grand Hotel for up to 900 delegates. A number of seafront hotels such as Jurys Inn, Malmaison and Holiday Inn offer function rooms for up to 450.

For a more rural setting the American Express Community Stadium set in the South Downs or the East Sussex National Hotel can cater for up to 650 guests. Another great venue is Space with US based at the University of Sussex, perfect for residential summer conferences for up to 500.

If you want a venue that is out of the ordinary for your event, Brighton is one destination that can definitely deliver. Unusual venues include the stunning 1805 Brighton Dome accommodating up to 1700 guests, the amazing beachside rooms of the British Airways i360 which cater for up to 1000 guests and offer private ‘flights’ in their rising restaurant, and the 200 year old Brighton Pavillion which provides a regal backdrop for up to 200 guests.

Outside of the centre, Sussex Yacht Club established in 1892 by a group of yachting enthusiasts in nearby Shoreham, can hold up to 200 guests. The beautiful Brighton Racecourse set on the Sussex Downs offers suites and raceday hospitality.

Private dining can be arranged at a variety of local restaurants such as 24 St Georges which features in the Michelin Guide, The Restaurant at Drakes and The Salt Room.

For help with conferences, meetings and events in Brighton please contact Bien Venue on 01625 877776 or email us at