If you’re heading to Brighton for April’s brightonSEO, make sure you don’t miss out on visiting these amazing places while you’re here, whether it is lunch, beer or for the weekend after, we know the place to go.
brightonSEO, is fast approaching and Brighton is preparing once again to host the 3,500 Digital Marketing attendees.
There is an official pre-party on Thursday 6th April held by Linkdex and an after conference party in the Brighton Centre and at the end of Brighton pier on the 7th! As well as these, here is our list of the top 5 places in Brighton to eat, drink and play before, during and after the conference! We have also created a handy map so you can see the location of each place in relation to the conference! You can’t say we don’t treat you!
Top 5 best places for coffee & breakfast before the conference
Fresh, local coffee and homemade food make Pelicano the perfect place to stop for breakfast on your way down from the station. Located in the lanes, Pelicano is worth a visit even just for the Instagram post. Their selection of homemade cakes is incredible, especially their version of the legendary chocolate cake from Matilda! Remember to internally shout ‘YOU CAN DO IT BRUCE!’ while you devour a slice!
This quirky café is full of brick-a-brac décor, books and art but Marwood Coffee House is known best for its great coffee! Its open at 8am every morning, so stop for a coffee before heading to the conference.
3- Small Batch Coffee
There are 6 Small Batch Cafes dotted around Brighton and Hove so it’s hard to miss out on their delicious fresh roasted coffee! There is even a Small Batch Coffee stand outside Brighton train station so you can get your fix as soon as you arrive!
This is an award-winning espresso bar with 3 locations around Brighton. The expert staff create incredible coffee and offer a wide range of food, including breakfast, lunch, artisan sandwiches and homemade cakes.
5- Flour Pot Bakery
The Flour Pot Bakery has become a well-known haunt for coffee and food lovers. Follow the smell of freshly baked bread down from the station and through the lanes to this inspiring bakery that produces artisan bread, cakes, coffee and legendary sausage rolls daily!
Top 5 best Lunch locations during the conference
This is a clockworkTalent team favourite! And the best part is, there is one located in the station AND one 5 minutes walk from the Brighton Centre! That’s breakfast and lunch sorted!
2- The Lion & Lobster
On 3 levels, this pub is great place to get everything you want from an evening in Brighton! The pub is on the ground floor, offering local beer and ales, followed by a quirky restaurant on the first floor. Just when you think you have explored all of the nooks and crannies of this charming space, you will discover the roof top garden, with its own bar and wood-burning stove.
3- The Coal Shed
If you are looking to impress clients during your time at brightonSEO, take them to the Coal Shed. Specialising in local meat and Fish, The Coal Shed is an award-winning restaurant located in the heart of Brighton. The menu changes daily in order to ensure ingredients are fresh and seasonal and the steak is not to be missed!
4- La Choza
Mexican street food in a digital pink restaurant! whats not to like! – Get in there quick, La Choza fills up fast even when there aren’t 3,500 search marketers on the streets of Brighton!
5- The Trolls Pantry
The Trolls Pantry is another great place to grab lunch during brightonSEO, specialising in street food, they pride themselves in being a zero waste, sustainable business. Our recommendation has to be the burgers, locals say they are the best in Brighton!
Top 5 places to go after the conference
1- The Mesmerist
If the conference after party gets you in the mood to boogie, head to The Mesmerist. Live vintage music events are held here each Friday and Saturday night making The Mesmerist the place to shake, rattle & roll to Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll from the 1920’s -50’s!
2- Twisted Lemon
Fancy a cocktail? – Twisted Lemon is the place to be! Choose from an extensive cocktail menu before watching the expert Mixologists create a masterpiece in a glass! Drinks range from a good old fashioned Mojito to their speciality Banoffee Pie Martini.
3- Dead Wax Social
All you need to know about Dead Wax Social is: BEER, VINYL RECORDS & PIZZA!
With a collection of 5000+ vinyl records, you could enter this pub anytime, any day and not hear a track repeated. Every evening live DJ’s spin vinyl and during the day you can dig through the monumental collection or bring your own vinyl for the Dead Wax team to play!
4- The Grand Central Gin bar –Nightingale Room
Located next to the station, the Grand Central is an ideal pit stop before your journey home. Hidden upstairs is the Nightingale Room, a space which has its own gin bar offering a huge selection of gin and staff with expert gin knowledge! Can we say gin one more time? GIN!
5- The Tempest Inn
Where’s the weirdest place you’ve gone for a drink? – How about a cave? Outside, the Tempest Inn is one of the best beach front bars and is home to The Crab Claw restaurant offering fresh seafood and pub grub! When you come in from the sun in search of the bar area you are transported inside a giant cave, yep, a cave! This venue is full of alcoves and hidden bars so is the perfect place to explore, enjoy a drink and grab a bite to eat.
Top 5 things to do if you’re staying in Brighton for the weekend!
1- British Airways i360 Tower
Officially named the ‘Most Slender Tower’ by Guinness World Records in January 2016, the i360 is a must see for anyone spending time in Brighton, and for most it is a ‘will definitely see’ landmark as its peak can be spotted from all over the city! The tower takes passengers up 162 meters and offers breath-taking 360ᵒ views across Brighton, Hove and even as far as the South Downs!
Ever thought of spending an evening playing crazy golf in the company of some huge glow in the dark dinosaurs? We hadn’t either but in Brighton its possible!
3- Royal Pavilion & Garden
Built in 1786, the Royal Pavilion is one of the most iconic buildings in Brighton and mixes visual styles from India and China. Originally intended as a hangout for King George IV, the building then served as a First World War hospital. The palace gardens are the perfect spot for lunch during brightonSEO, (Bagleman is just around the corner!) or you could spend an afternoon roaming the historic corridors of the Pavilion and its museum.
Named the best venue in the South 13 times running, if you’re looking for laugh, there is no better place to go than Komedia. Situated in the middle of the lanes, you can spot the bright lights of Komedia , and the famous red & white legs of Duke’s Cinema from a distance! The line-ups include a mixture of brand new and well established acts from comedians, musicians to spoken word and cabaret performances.
Previous home of brightonSEO, Brighton Dome is the South Coasts leading multi arts venue. Notably, the building has housed music legends including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Pink Floyd. With hundreds of acts performing each year and tours that explore the buildings 200-year history, this is a Brighton landmark you shouldn’t miss! Rob Beckett will be performing on the Sunday after brightonSEO!
Have a great time at brightonSEO, we look forward to seeing you! If you have any other suggestions for things to do during the conference, please don’t hesitate to comment in the section below!