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14-16 Manchester Street,
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Retail and Leisure, D1 and Other

2,400 Sq Ft (222.96 Sq M)

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  • Located in the popular Kemp Town area
  • Just 140 metres north of the sea front and Brighton Pier
  • Brighton Pavilion and Brighton City Centre 250 metres to the west
  • Attractive, characterful, period building
  • Late premises licence for alcohol, food and performance
  • Suit various commercial uses (stp)
  • Rent £50,000 per annum
  • Short term let considered
  • May sell


The property is situated on the east side of Manchester Street, which lies just off St James's Street, in the Kemp Town area of Brighton. The property lies in close proximity to the Seafront (140m) and the city's established leisure and entertainment district including The Pier, Soho House and Brighton Pavilion where there are a variety of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Brighton city centre itself lies within 5 minutes walking distance.

The property is 0.9 miles (0.56 km) from Brighton Train Station and 0.1 miles (0.06 km) from Pavilion Parade, which is the main road providing access to the A27 and A23.

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Unique period property close to the seafront
Late premises licence for alcohol, food and performance
Would suit various uses (STP) Approx 2,400 sq ft


The building is highly versatile having been originally constructed in the late 19th century for use as a billiard hall and since then has been used as a variety of uses such as a comedy venue and more recently as a live music and events venue including recording studios and famously was one of the locations for The Great Escape.

The ground floor has the benefit of a skylit restaurant/bar area with the downstairs currently arranged as a cabaret bar.

The property is to be remeasured but understood to have the following approximate NIA:

Lower ground floor - 1,164 sq ft / 108 sq m

Ground floor - 1,076 sq ft / 100 sq m

Total - 2,240 sq ft / 208 sq m

Mezzanine area (if constructed) - 367 sq ft / 35 sq m

Subject to works it is possible to self contain the lower ground floor such that this could be let independently of the ground floor.


The property is currently used as a music, bar, reception venue with performing space and recording studios to the lower ground floor. From a use point of view it was last consented for a mix of D1/D2 and B1 use.

A new Use Classes Order (UCO) came into effect on 1st September 2020. Under the new UCO a new Use Class E was introduced to cover commercial, business and service uses. Use Class E encompasses A1, A2, A3, B1 and some D1 and D2 uses under the former UCO. We therefore understand that the premises benefit from Class E 'Commercial Business
and Service' use within the Use Classes Order 2020.

Planning consent was granted under planning ref BH2023/00310 to self-contain the lower ground floor and undertake various alterations.

Interested parties should make their own planning enquiries and satisfy themselves in this regard.

Premises Licence

The property has an existing Premises Licence for performance of dance, live and recorded music, plays exhibition of film and the sale of alcohol & refreshments.

A copy is available on request. This may be transferable.


Rents and prices are quoted exclusive of, but may be subject to VAT.

Legal Fees

Each party to bear their own legal costs incurred.


The property is let to the current tenant until 23 February 2024. They have indicated a willingness to vacate sooner.

The property is available to let by way of a new effective full repairing and insuring lease for a term to be agreed at quoting rent of £50,000 per annum exclusive of rates, building insurance, service charge, heating, lighting etc.

Consideration will be given to the landlord undertaking works to self contain the lower ground floor and letting this separately from the ground floor.
Consideration will also be given to a short term let and to the possibility of selling the property.

Rateable Value / Council Tax Band

Rateable Value 2023: To be reassessed.

Energy Performance Rating


Will Thomas

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Aaron Lees

01273 740387 Email