The Oceans Connected Winter Summit, is being held in famous Grand Hotelin the eclectic seaside city of Brighton and Hove. With its excellent transport links, getting to Brighton is easy. It takes around an hour by rail from London’s Victoria and London Bridge Stations and just half an hour from London Gatwick Airport. There are regular coach services connecting London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports.
Brighton can also be reached by road, being just 45 minutes from the M25, straight down the M23/A23.
Brighton is steeped in history. It is considered to be one of the most cultural cities in Europe and a hotbed of creativity and entertainment - hosting such festivals as the Brighton Fringe, The Great Escape and the largest free beach festival in Europe - Paddle Round The Pier. YOu can read more about.
The Victorian years saw the first widespread large-scale expansion of English and Welsh seaside resort. The “seaside” resort was an eighteenth-century invention, as 'orthodox' medicine put a 'scientific' veneer on popular sea-bathing customs and marketed the result as a supplement or (increasingly) alternative to 'taking the cure' at a spa. At this time, Brighton already had 40 000 inhabitants, most of them permanent, according to the June census of 1841. But growth on the grand scale began with the railway age, as they boosted existing small settlements by making them accessible.
Our venue for the day - The Grand Hotel, is arguably Brighton and Hoves most well known and most well loved hotels, with a rich history of its own. It was designed in Italian style by the architect John Whichcord Jr, and was built between 1862 and 1864 at a cost of about £100,000 on the site of the houses of Artillery Place. When it first opened in July 1864, it was by far the largest hotel in Brighton with over 150 bedrooms. With eight storeys, it was also one of the tallest buildings in the city.
It takes just under an hour to Brighton from London Victoria Station, with 2 services running every hour. There are also regular services to Brighton from Bedford, London Kings Cross & London Bridge.
There are direct services from Scotland, the North West, the Midlands, the West country and South Wales. For more information on rail services, call National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950 (local rate call, 24 hour service) or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
Travel by coach
Express coaches from London to Brighton take about 2 hours. You can also take the National Express services, departing from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
For National Express enquiries and bookings visit the website here.
Travel by car
Just 45 minutes from the M25 London orbital motorway, you can reach Brighton by taking traveling down the M23/A23 to Brighton & Hove. The main coastal route is the A27 which links the city east and west. There are numerous multi-story car parks situated all around the city. You Alternatively, there is free parking just outside the centre of the city with a free Park and Ride service. You can find a comprehensive list here.