5 November 2021

Serviced and Flexible Office Guide: Brighton & Hove

Offices to rent in Brighton & Hove

Situated on the edge of the South Downs National Park and hugging the coastline of East Sussex is Brighton and Hove. An energetic, cosmopolitan, modern city buzzing with cultural diversity, economic growth and creativity.

The city, which was once a small fishing village known as Beorthelm’s tun (Beorthelm’s farm or village) dates back to the 5th century AD when the Saxons first landed in Sussex. Centuries later it grew into the city of Brighton.

Today, Brighton is a hotbed of creativity, research, and technological innovation. In fact, the Centre for Cities rated Greater Brighton as one of the top five cities in the United Kingdom for job growth over the last 10 years.

It also has the highest proportion of creative SMEs in the country and the most start-ups per capita outside of London. There are also a number of supportive business networks, which operate across Brighton and Hove. These organizations provide small businesses and start-ups with mentorship and networking opportunities, helping take businesses based in the area to the next level.

This entrepreneurial and creative spirit – combined with the city’s vibrant culture, exquisite natural scenery and fantastic lifestyle opportunities – makes it easy to see why Brighton is the second most popular place outside London for people who wish to relocate. As a result, the city attracts a highly skilled, young, diverse, and well-educated population. This talent pool is also bolstered by two top-rated universities, the University of Sussex – which is ranked 25th on the index for the best universities in the UK – and Brighton University, which is trailblazing success in the fields of advanced engineering and design.

With the feel of a big, bustling city surrounded by outstanding natural beauty and miles of gorgeous coastline, Brighton and Hove truly offers residents the best of both worlds. It is a wonderful place for young professionals to both live and work.

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Notable business areas in Brighton and Hove

The town’s proximity to London and Gatwick Airport has attracted large business headquarters, among them Bupa Global and the European Headquarters of American Express. There are a few smaller retail outlets located at the Lanes, which are a collection of narrow streets and alleyways at the centre of Brighton's old town.

However, the majority of businesses can be found north of the Lanes, which is both a residential and major commercial area. This is where most of the city's independent shops and businesses are located. The commercial area of North Laine is centred on Trafalgar Street, Sydney Street, Gloucester Road, Kensington Gardens, North Road, Gardner Street, Church Street and Bond Street. This area also plays host to a number of smaller art galleries, a theatre, bars, comedy venues and cinemas. Further east is Kemptown, where many other businesses are based.

The city is also home to some of the best coworking, flexible and serviced office spaces in the country, where digital and creative businesses are able to flourish.

Offices to rent in Brighton & Hove

Getting around Brighton and Hove is simple

London just an hour away by train

Brighton and Hove is well connected to both London and international markets. In fact, the city is just a 60-minute train ride from London and only 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport. The Brighton Station is also located right in the city centre, offering trains to other destinations around the country.

There's an excellent bus network

Brighton and Hove has one of the most efficient bus networks outside of the capital, connecting people travelling to and from different parts of the city, and enabling quick, short commutes. The Brighton and Hove bus company operates the majority of the routes in the area. They operate around 40 routes – including both day and night services – that cover the whole of the city, as well as some parts of West and East Sussex.

Commuting by car is easy

For those commuting by car, Brighton and Hove is served by the A27 – it heads east to Lewes and Eastbourne, and west to Worthing and onto Portsmouth. The A23 also heads north to Crawley and onto the M25.

There is an extensive network of footpaths and cycle routes

Brighton and the surrounding areas are ideal for cycling and walking, thanks to an extensive network of footpaths and cycle routes. In the city, Brighton's coastal routes take you towards the Marina and the breath-taking cliff paths of Saltdean and Peacehaven and beyond.

Brighton and Hove has excellent business amenities

There are many stylish, well-appointed hotels

If you’re looking for a place to stay overnight, there are many modern, luxurious hotels along the seafront, as well as quirky boutiques and cosy B&Bs to suit every budget. Some lovely options to consider include the Harbour Hotel, a luxury 79-room boutique hotel ideally located on Brighton’s iconic and picturesque seafront. There’s also Drakes, a romantic and bespoke boutique hotel with fabulous sea views.

Another interesting option to look at is the One Broad Street Hotel, a contemporary, boutique hotel which prides itself on great design, comfort, and technology. This new type of self-service hotel is ideal for the independent business traveller, offering convenient digital self-check-in, a luxurious sleep experience, superfast WIFI, kitchenettes and beautifully designed bedrooms.

If you fancy splashing out on something slightly more upmarket, why not book a room at the Hotel du vin, a well-appointed establishment nestled in the iconic cobbled alleyways of The Lanes?

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more affordable option without compromising on comfort or service, you can spend an evening or two at the ibis Brighton City Centre Station Hotel or the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel.

There are many award-winning restaurants in Brighton and Hove

Brighton has a large number of superb restaurants and eclectic eateries dishing up a mouth-watering selection of meals – from classic fish 'n' chips, international cuisines, creative vegan fare, and freshly caught seafood. In fact, as well as having the highest concentration of vegetarian restaurants in the UK, there are more eateries in Brighton and Hove than anywhere else in the country. There’s one restaurant for every 250 people.

Only a stone’s throw away from the ocean there are, of course, plenty of fantastic seafood restaurants around the Brighton and Hove area, including Amarillo at Drakes, a fine dining establishment run by top chef, Ian Swainson. There’s also The Coal Shed, renowned for its grilled seafood dishes and choice cut steaks, as well as the Little Fish Market, winner of Best Restaurant at the Brighton Restaurant Awards 2020.

If you’re in the mood for something other than seafood, you can enjoy a killer curry at The Chilli Pickle, partake in some delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes at Food for Friends, or take your tastebuds on a trip to Tokyo for an authentic Japanese dining experience at Bincho Yakitori.

And it’s not all about the food – you'll also find some wonderful bars and pubs in Brighton and Hove too. After work you can enjoy a tipple with your colleagues at The Walrus pub and rooftop garden, or sip on a delicious cocktail at the Be At One Cocktail Bar.

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Brighton and Hove has a wide variety of meeting rooms available

Whatever style of meeting you have planned, you'll find a venue in Brighton and Hove ideally suited to it. One of the most popular places to meet is the Regus Centre, which provides an ideal setting for brainstorming ideas with your team, impressing clients, hosting memorable workshops, or delivering a winning pitch.

A little further out, you’ll find the Brighton Consulting Rooms, well equipped and beautifully designed meeting rooms suitable for training sessions, seminars, business meetings, launch events and much more. There are also meeting rooms available for hire at the various hotels located around the city.

Other useful amenities

If retail therapy is one of the ways you shirk off the stresses of the workday, Brighton Market is one of the most popular destinations for shopping in the entire city. You'll find more than 50 producers and creators offering locally grown produce, sustainably produced clothing, and custom created jewellery. There’s also Churchill Square, which is the main shopping centre in the centre of Brighton and Hove, at the eastern end of Western Road, near the Clock Tower. The Lanes is also crammed with an impressive array of shops and independent boutique stores, so you can truly shop till you drop.

However, if you prefer spending time outdoors in nature, there are seven Brighton and Hove parks and public spaces that have received prestigious green flag awards. These include Easthill Park, Hove Park, Kipling Gardens, Preston Park, St Ann’s Well Gardens and Stoneham Park. Brighton and Hove’s blue flag gold standard beach front, combined with the outstanding natural beauty of the South Downs National Park, also provides the perfect backdrop for those who enjoy walking, cycling, running and even paragliding.

And if you enjoy working out or playing sports, there are plenty of sports and leisure facilities available – including PureGym, Virgin Active, and The Gym Group – as well as the Prince Regent Swimming Complex, the Stanley Deason Leisure Centre,​ and the King Alfred Leisure Centre.

Notable tenants in Brighton & Hove

  • American Express
  • Bupa
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Inkfish
  • Minton Young

Key agents in Brighton & Hove area

  • Savills
  • Avison Young
  • Stiles Harold Williams
  • The Ethical Property Company
  • Flude Property Consultants
  • Carr & Priddle
  • Eightfold Property

Interesting facts about Brighton and Hove

  • According to one study, Brighton was voted as the third happiest place to live in Britain.
  • Brighton’s iconic Palace Pier is over 1760 feet long, consisting of over 85 miles of planking. It’s also one of the most-visited tourist attractions outside of London, attracting on average over four million tourists each year.
  • Brighton Marina is the largest man-made marina in Europe, covering 127 acres.
  • St Bartholomew’s Church, in the North Laine, is the tallest brick church in Europe, and is supposedly built to the same dimensions as Noah’s Ark in the book of Genesis.
  • Brighton Sea Life Centre on Brighton’s seafront is the world’s oldest aquarium. The Brighton Sea Life Centre was originally conceived and designed by Eugenius Birch, the architect who was also responsible for the West Pier. Work on the aquarium began in 1869 and was opened to its first ever visitors in 1872.