The second cabinet meeting to be held outside of Downing Street or the Checkers took place at The Grand Brighton on 4th October 1966. It was very rare to hold Cabinet meetings outside of London at this time, so it was a memorable event for the hotel. 


The Cabinet meeting was held by Harold Wilson in The Albert Room. During a later Cabinet meeting at The Grand Brighton in 1994, the new Labour ideologue Philip Gould hid in a wardrobe within Tony Blair’s bedroom, as the Cabinet members were informed that the new leader was intending to drop the party’s socialist touchstone.