Brighton is one of Britain’s best-loved getaways and is very much a classic seaside town, with its pebbled beach, pier, amusement arcades and abundance of fish and chip shops. It is also a fashionable retreat for Londoners, who come to browse an eclectic range of independent fashion outlets and boutiques.
Brighton certainly has a glamorous side.
* Many famous people live in Brighton & Hove including Nick Cave and Steve Coogan.
* Britain’s first casino opened in Brighton’s Metropole Hotel in 1962.
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Where to Stay
Brighton stands out today as one of Britain’s most vibrant cities and there are many great districts to stay in. When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than waking up on Brighton’s seafront in the city centre. Take a walk along the iconic pier, pop into one of the sweet shops for a piece of Brighton Rock, chow down on a greasy doughnut or take a ride on the Dodgem cars. Alternatively, nearby Kemptown is also an option for those who like staying within walking distance of the centre. Brighton’s vibrant gay scene is centered around this district, where there is an overwhelming range of cafes, bars, and shops. For those after a more relaxed stay in Brighton, the district of Hove is best suited for them. The neighbourhood lies along the waterfront to the east of the city centre.
Things to Do
A must-see is the 19th century Royal Pavilion, which features an interesting mix of Indian and Gothic architecture. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is a good place to go on a rainy day. Take a bus out of the centre to the University of Sussex and enjoy a walk through woods and fields before reaching a quaint village. Brighton’s North Laines has many vintage clothing shops, interesting junk stores and throbbing record stores lining its winding streets. Brighton’s alternative and independent side is well represented here and you’ll find some interesting gift, clothing and fashion ideas. Similarly named, The Lanes area offers further opportunity to immerse yourself in arts and crafts gifts down twisting alleyways. For big name brands Churchill Square and Brighton Marina both feature an impressive selection of well-known shops.
Eating and Drinking
Brighton is famous for its comprehensive range of culinary options and its impressive selection of pubs, clubs and bars. LangeLees, located on the edge of Brighton’s famous North Laines, is a great place to go for a hearty breakfast or lunch. Planet India has been voted one of the best budget eateries in the city. This vegetarian Indian restaurant serves some of the best curry in town and has an extensive beer menu. If you fancy a sea view whilst you eat, try The Bandstand Café. Located along Brighton’s seafront, this café is located under a Grade II listed elegant bandstand and serves homemade pastries, fresh salads and oysters. Brighton is an especially good place for a night of dancing. We’d recommend you visit The Basket Makers Arms, located in the North Lanes and The Fiddlers Elbow near the seafront. The Haunt, also close to the sea, is a throbbing club that we suggest you check out if you’re in the mood!
You will find the easiest way to get around and explore Brighton is by walking. It is a relatively compact city and it has many small streets that are best experienced on foot. Brighton Train Station is located close to the city centre and it is a pleasant walk from the station into town. For those looking for a more relaxed way of travelling, there are plenty of options if you would prefer not to walk. Brighton has an excellent bus system operated by Brighton & Hove Bus Company. Buses are reliable and inexpensive – you can go anywhere one-way in the city for £2.00 or get a day ticket for £3.70. Taxis are also an affordable option for short journeys in the city centre. Brighton’s location is also good for day trips. London is just a train ride away and many visitors to London choose to stay in Brighton.
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