Venue, accommodation and travel

Venue information
The conference is taking place at the Hilton Metropole, which is situated on Brighton seafront and approximately 16 minutes’ walk from Brighton railway station.

All sessions will be held in the hotel, as well as the awards and poster reception.

The conference welcome reception will be held in the Palm Court on Brighton Palace Pier.

The conference dinner will be at The Grand Hotel, which is next door to the Metropole.

A wide range of hotels, guest houses and apartments are available to book within walking distance of the conference venue.

You can make your accommodation booking here.

Getting to Brighton
Brighton is:
  • just under an hour by rail from London
  • about 45 minutes by road from the M25 London orbital motorway
  • half-an-hour from London Gatwick Airport
  • on a direct rail link from the Eurostar Service at St Pancras
  • accessible by regular coach connections from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports
  • only 1.5 – 2 hours by motorway from the major ports of Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton.
For more information about travelling to Brighton visit this travel planning page.

Things to do in Brighton and the surrounding area
Brighton is the perfect place for fun things to do, or for cultural inspiration, thanks to its ideal location sandwiched between the scenic Sussex countryside and the sea.
There’s no shortage of iconic landmarks in Brighton. The Royal Pavilion is a palace like no other, brimming with decadence and Eastern inspiration, and rich with stories of its former occupant, the party-loving Prince Regent. Right next door is Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, and between the two are the Pavilion Gardens.

Along the seafront you can find Volk’s Electric Railway (the oldest continuously running electric railway in the world), Sea Life Brighton (where you can view sharks and turtles from an underwater tunnel), Brighton Palace Pier and the haunting skeleton of the West Pier, and the sky-piercing Brighton i360, where you can admire panoramic views.

With eight miles of beach stretching from Shoreham to the picturesque village of Rottingdean, you can always find a quiet spot to sit and read or go for a swim. You’re also never far from a green space in Brighton – the city has seven Green Flag parks to choose from. But if you really need to get out into some wide open space, the South Downs National Park is a 30 minute bus journey from the centre of town, and with its International Dark Sky Reserve status, it’s also a great place to go star-gazing at night.

Brighton is also a great base from which to explore the historic towns of Lewes and Arundel with their medieval castles, stunningly beautiful Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters Country Park, the Bluebell Railway and numerous Sussex vineyards, that are now rivalling the Champagne region in France for their award-winning sparkling wines.

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