All you need to know about Hove

Hove is a town in East Sussex, located east of Brighton and west of Portslade-by-Sea. It has a population of more than 91,000, and is part of the unitary authority Brighton and Hove. The main currency used in Hove is the British pound and the predominant language spoken is English. The town has a moderate climate characterised by mild summers and cool winters. Its close proximity to Brighton means it’s a viable business travel destination home to a fantastic array of SilverDoor serviced apartments.

Hove traces its origins back to pre-Roman times. There is evidence of settlement there as early as 1200 BC, with the discovery of ancient artefacts which nowadays find a home in the Hove Museum and Art Gallery. As the town grew, so too did its provision of accommodation including serviced apartments.

Throughout the Middle Ages, Hove was regarded as a ruinous village featuring a single street and a church. However, in the Victoria period, things started to change. The town’s population rose, and, with that, so too did its business travel activity.

At this point in time, Hove was known for its brickfields which were later replaced by large Regency houses boasting riding schools and theatres. These elegant houses were regarded as luxury accommodation and set the precedent for future serviced apartments that followed.

It was during the 19th century that the Brighton General Gas Light Company was formed and paved the way for coal production in Hove. That industrial site has since been made into a residential area providing all manner of accommodation.

As time has gone on, new estates have emerged in Hove housing Victorian villas and mews streets. The vast majority of its luxury avenues were developed between the 1870s and 1880s and still stand today. A number of these properties have been updated to include a provision of serviced apartments.

Hove has a developed transport system consisting of buses and trains. Its buses run all over the town and form part of a comprehensive bus monitoring system. The town has a total of three railway stations – with Hove Railway Station being the main one. Hove Railway Station offers direct access to London via the Brighton mainline. The closest airport to Hove is Gatwick Airport at roughly 28 miles away.

With lots of transport links on its doorstep, Hove is well placed as a business travel destination, and benefits from a premium selection of SilverDoor serviced apartments.