The Great Escape Delegate’s Guide to Brighton

Welcome to Brighton, delegates! Here’s our guide on how to make our city feel like a home away from home, including all the best places to have fun and relax. This way, you can still have a holiday while telling your family and friends back home that you’re “actually working very hard”.

For… A quiet café to get some work done
Your go-to to actually work hard is Bond Street Coffee, a lovely café located in the south ends of the North Laine. The café is open from early mornings to 6pm and has an endless supply of strong coffee to get you through that Friday morning hangover and get you ready and going for the day.

For… When you’re hungry
If you’re already a little bit done with being in the UK, go to Mange Tout for some brilliant French food. Otherwise, take your pick at any number of eateries in the Lanes – from Food for Friends to Edendum, there’s no end of places to choose from.

For… Sweating out last night’s sins
Let’s get straight in there with the holiday feeling. There is a pop-up sauna on the beach as part of Brighton Fringe, but if you prefer something a little more secluded, the Queen’s Hotel offers a pay-as-you-go option for their pool, sauna and gym.

For… A change of style
What’s a better way to get ready for work than a fresh haircut? Men should go to The Bomb, an avant garde hairdresser run by a techno DJ. Ladies, either Mooch, Simon Webster or North Laine Hair Co will fix you up.

For… New music needs
To help keep you in a music-related state of mind, there’s loads of record shops dotted around Brighton. Some of our most recommended are Resident Records, Vinyl Revolution and the Bella Union store.

For… Hangovers
Everyone loves a good brunch. For your standard one, go to Brighton’s legendary brunch diner Kooks. For those of you with a little more hunger, The North Laine Brewhouse on a Saturday is the one for a bottomless brunch.

For… A taste of England
For all you internationals, what’s a more iconic dish to eat in England than Fish & Chips? Go to Bardsley’s on Baker Street or Bankers on Western Road for the best fish and chips in town.

For… Easy eats on the go
For when you’re a bit short on time and food, but still craving something tasty, the Bok Shop will supply you with chicken, Patty and Bun has all the burgers, Fil-Fil is falafel heaven and BeFries has the best fries in town with an almost endless variety of sauces.

For… Ice cream
Just in case the sun decides to make an appearance at TGE, Boho Gelato is located just off the seafront and does amazing hand-made ice cream and sorbets.

For… When you want to let your hair down
When, not if, you fancy a drink after doing some hard work, your go-to pubs for a relaxing drink are The Hope and Ruin, The Blue Man and The Prince Albert. However, on the days that you’ve been working extra hard and deserve a couple more drinks, go to the Dead Wax Social, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar or Green Door Store. The amazing thing is that they’re all conveniently central and easy to find your way home from, even after a couple of drinks.

For… When you want to get the party going
If you want that little bit extra to get the real holiday feeling, go for a couple of cocktails in Brighton’s best cocktail bar the Twisted Lemon on Middle Street, you’re guaranteed to have a night to (partially) remember.

For… When you’ve had a bad day
If worse comes to worst and you’re so tired of working that you just want to have a drink in your hotel before passing out, Trafalgar Wines has over 600 top quality beers from all over the world to sort you right out.

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