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Page 9. " Down the steps of the Cosmopolitan came a couple of expensive women "
The Grand
Creative Commons AttributionThe Grand - Credit: catchesthelight

The fictional Cosmopolitan is based on De Vere Grand, Brighton's most famous hotel. Built in 1864, The Grand was designed with the upper classes in mind, and boasts a glass fronted terrace, spectacular sea views and luxury afternoon tea service.

In October 1984, five people were killed when an IRA bomb exploded at the hotel, where a Conservative Party conference was being held. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher narrowly survived the blast.