The Grand Brighton
The Grand Brighton is an iconic Victorian property that is steeped in British history and stands centre stage on Brighton’s famous seafront. From the stunning sweeping spiral staircase, to the beautiful seaview rooms, a sumptuous day spa, and the luxury of GB1 Restaurant, the Grand experience is treating yourself to the best.
Our independent hotel is conveniently located in central Brighton just 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport, 1 hour from central London and just a stone’s throw away from the famous Lanes and Royal Pavilion in this beautiful city by the sea.
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Discover Our Grand Moments
1864 - The Grand Is Born
Described as a ‘Palace By The Sea’, the hotel was formally opened on the 21st July 1864 to great fanfare. It was a feat of Victorian architectural brilliance, masterfully designed by the celebrated architect John Whichcord Jr.
The original hotel had 300 rooms and was the tallest building in Brighton. The building cost was documented to be around £100,000.
1979 - Quadrophenia
One of the most iconic films of the 20th Century was filmed in and around Brighton. ‘Quadrophenia’ centres around Jimmy, a disillusioned young man in the midst of teenage angst and his looming self-destruction.
One of the films main protagonists, Jimmy’s idol, ‘Ace Face’, played by the pop artist Sting, turns out to be an undistinguished bellboy working at The Grand Brighton. Sting’s character is seen to park his Vespa GS outside the hotel, where it is stolen by the disgruntled Jimmy and driven off the cliffs at nearby Beachy Head.
1992 - Only Fools And Horses
Room 220 famously featured in this much loved British sitcom. The Christmas special, Mother Nature’s Son, saw Del Boy and Rodney treating their significant others to a luxury Christmas break at The Grand Brighton, following the success of their extremely dubious venture of selling Peckham Spring Water.
Scenes include a smug Del Boy soaking up the sea views from the balcony, unaware of a water catastrophe occurring back in Peckham.
2002 - Fat Boy Slim’s Big Beach Boutique
On the 13th July 2002 Norman Cook, AKA Fat Boy Slim, held his first Big Beach Boutique. A quarter of a million people came to this unticketed event, filling the beach and blocking the seafront. Norman started at The Grand Brighton and continued the 'after party' in his suite on the first floor of the hotel.