Brighton has long been Britain’s adult playground and it offers a wealth of attractions, shopping and dining while you are there for the 2014 EMEA Business Excellence Forum. Within an hour of London, Brighton invites you to breathe in the sea air, survey the rolling downs, but it’s not all quiet time. There are plenty of attractions and things to do in this famous seaside escape.
Brighton’s historic Lanes reputedly provided the backdrop to Charles II’s escape from Cromwell’s New Model Army. These days, it’s a hub of shopping – antique shops sit side by side contemporary fashion boutiques. North Laine hosts a variety of unique stores selling retro fashions and furnishings.
The BEF comes to Brighton in April, so it may still be a little chilly, but the more daring can take windsurfing and wakeboarding lessons at Hove Lagoon, where the sheltered, shallow waters make an ideal venue for beginners.
Of course one of the biggest (and longest standing) draws to Brighton is Brighton Pier, which is within walking distance of the venue. On the pier, you can take in the sounds of penny arcades and the smell of vinegar on fresh fish and chips. In many ways, it is like walking into the past… and another step you can take into the past is by reliving the grandeur of a bygone age at Royal Pavilion, which was completed for George IV in 1823.
The first even Canadian BEF will happen in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, which is full of fun and exciting places to see.
When you first come to Toronto, you can’t help but notice the CN Tower highlighting the city’s skyline, but it isn’t the only attraction worth seeing while you’re there.
Toronto has a diverse array of public spaces, from city squares to public parks. Nathan Phillips Square is the city’s main square in downtown, and forms the entrance to City Hall. Yonge-Dundas Square, a newer, privately owned square near to City Hall, has also gained attention in recent years as one of the busiest gathering spots in the city. Other squares include Harbourfront Square, on the revitalized Toronto waterfront.
If it’s culture you’re after, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a museum of world culture and natural history. The Toronto Zoo, is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species. The Art Gallery of Ontario contains a large collection of Canadian, European, African and contemporary artwork, and also plays host to exhibits from museums and galleries all over the world. The city also hosts the Ontario Science Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, and Textile Museum of Canada, among others.
And there’s also plenty of shopping. Toronto’s shopping areas include Queen West, Harbourfront, the Entertainment District, the Financial District, and the St. Lawrence Market. The Eaton Centre is Toronto’s most popular tourist attraction with over 52 million visitors annually.Other notable attractions include The Beaches, the Toronto Islands, Kensington Market, Fort York, and the Hockey Hall of Fame.