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N 54 B 1.8K C 6 E Jun 13, 2023 F Jun 28, 2023
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Grand Brighton Hotel, East Sussex

Ever since Mrs R got a Fitbit, hitting 10,000 steps each day has become a bit of an obsession. I was dragged into this when she bought me one last Christmas. Fast forward to our Brighton weekend break and although they have perfectly good lifts in the hotel we opted (cajoled in my case) to take the stairs every time.

We always try and book a high floor room when on holiday for the views… more for the photography opportunities in this case, but we only managed the third floor – still it had a balcony so all was not lost. Boy, was I glad of that when lumping all my gear about!

Surprisingly, the stairs were quicker than the lift so the exercise was beneficial… still didn’t lose any weight though!!!

Tags:   The Grand Brighton Hotel Brighton luxury hotel seafront Leonardo Hotels Chain staircase seven floors

N 569 B 14.2K C 77 E Jun 13, 2023 F Jul 1, 2023
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Brighton, East Sussex

Plenty of information about this pier and its history online so I won’t bore you all with that, but here’s a very brief summary…

The pier was constructed during a boom in pleasure pier building in the 1860s, and was designed to attract tourists to Brighton. It was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened in 1866 and the first pier to be Grade I listed in England.

It was the town's second pier, joining the Royal Suspension Chain Pier that opened in 1823. The West Pier was extended in 1893, and a concert hall was added in 1916. The pier reached its peak attendance at this time, with 2 million visitors between 1918 and 1919. Its popularity began to decline after World War II, and concerts were replaced by a funfair and tearoom. A local company took over ownership of the pier in 1965, but could not meet the increasing costs of maintenance and filed for bankruptcy.

The pier closed to the public in 1975 and fell into disrepair and gradually collapsed. Major sections fell into the sea during storms in late 2002, and two separate fires, both thought to be arson, in March and May 2003 destroyed most of the remaining structure, leading to English Heritage declaring it beyond repair. Some structured demolition took place in 2010 to make way for the i360 observation tower; further structural damage from storms has occurred since.

The West Pier Trust owns the remains and has proposed various renovation plans over the years, but none have come to fruition.

Tags:   West Pier Brighton Grade I Eugenius Birch 1866 derelict collapse

N 26 B 4.5K C 7 E Jun 12, 2023 F Jun 24, 2023
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Brighton, East Sussex

History
The Grand Hotel was designed by architect John Whichcord Jr., and built in 1864 on the site occupied previously by the West Battery at Artillery Place, one of Brighton's 18th-century coastal fortifications. It was built for members of the upper classes visiting Brighton and Hove and remains one of the most expensive hotels in the city. Among its advanced engineering features at the time was the "Ascending Omnibus", a hydraulically-powered lift powered by cisterns in the roof. This was the first lift built in the United Kingdom outside London, at a time when only two others had been installed. The building itself is an example of Italian influence in Victorian architecture.

The 1984 bombing
The hotel was bombed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in the early morning of 12 October 1984, in an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during the Conservative Party conference. The bomb exploded at 2:51am. It had been hidden three weeks earlier behind the bath panel of room 629.

Thatcher survived the bombing, but five other people were killed in the attack, including Roberta Wakeham, wife of the government's Chief Whip John Wakeham, and the Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry. Norman Tebbit, a member of the Cabinet, was injured, along with his wife Margaret, who was left paralysed. Thatcher insisted that the conference open on time the next day and made her speech as planned in defiance of the bombers, a gesture which won widespread approval across the political spectrum.

The hotel was re-opened on 28 August 1986. The re-inauguration was attended by Thatcher who spoke at a reception to celebrate the reopening. Tebbit accompanied her during the reopening. Concorde flew low from the south to salute the opening.

Later history
The hotel belonged to the De Vere Group, beginning in the 1990s De Vere Hotels undertook a multimillion-pound refurbishment of The Grand which was completed in 2013. Another refurbishment project concluded in 2019.

On 15 October 2011, the Grand Hotel was inducted into the Brighton Walk of Fame and is only the third structure in Brighton to be recognised by the Walk of Fame committee. The hotel has hosted many famous guests, including ABBA who partied in the appropriately named first-floor Napoleon Suite following their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with their performance of 'Waterloo'. Other famous faces who have performed in The Grand Brighton's Empress Suite include singer Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, The Saturdays, Elbow and Sugababes.

De Vere Hotels sold the Grand in 2014 to Wittington Investments for £50 million. This company in turn sold the hotel to Leonardo Hotels, part of the Fattal Group, in February 2023.

Facilities
There are 201 rooms in the hotel, including 8 singles, 115 standard twin and standard double rooms, 31 sea-view twin and sea-view double rooms, 42 "sea-view deluxe" rooms and 4 sea-view suites, including the "Presidential Suite". It offers bespoke conferencing facilities for up to 1,000 guests. The Empress Suite, is the country's largest sea-facing conference suite and has the capacity to hold 1,000 guests. It is commonly used as a matrimonial venue for weddings, along with the hotel's Regent room (a former Victorian library) and first-floor suites.

The Grand Brighton hotel is also home to Cyan restaurant and bar, an all-day dining spot which still features original 155-year-old marble pillars around its central bar area.

Film and television appearances
Amongst many appearances in television and film, the Grand Hotel was visited by the Trotter family in 1992, in an episode of the BBC Television comedy Only Fools and Horses entitled "Mother Nature's Son". The hotel has also been featured in ITV's Coronation Street.

The hotel was the subject of the documentary The Grand written and presented by Robert Longden for Southern Television. The hotel also featured in the film Quadrophenia where Sting's character "the Ace Face" was the bellboy.

Tags:   The Grand Brighton Hotel Brighton luxury hotel seafront Leonardo Hotels Chain

N 79 B 2.1K C 18 E Jun 12, 2023 F Jul 4, 2023
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Brighton, East Sussex

What a difference a few hours make. Not a soul about and only a couple of beer cans to clone out of the pond in this three-frame vertical panorama. A little bit disappointed with the illumination of the Pavilion but I suppose everybody has had to make cutbacks in these difficult times.

Tags:   The Royal Pavilion Brighton Pavilion Grade 1 listed George Print of Wales Prince Regent 1811 King George IV 1820 domes minarets Indo-Saracenic India 19th century architect John Nash night shoot blue hour illumination

N 46 B 1.7K C 12 E Jun 12, 2023 F Jun 21, 2023
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West Pier, Brighton

When we arrived in Brighton mid-Sunday afternoon, it was overcast but with blue skies breaking through periodically. Good for some long exposures I secretly thought to myself, however, this wasn’t planned as a photoshoot weekend but a chillout for Mrs R. Plenty of time to get some new images.

Monday… couldn’t see a bloody thing!!!

Apparently, sea mist is quite common in these parts, due to the temperature of the cold sea mixing with the hot land air and created this low-lying fog that completely engulfed the tops of most high buildings and especially the i360.

Still, shoot what you can. This was taken at 16:40 on the way back to the hotel.

Tags:   Brighton West Pier derelict mist sea mist fog seafront beach pebbles mono black and white B&W


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