When you stay in a Brighton hotel you’re in a city shaped by diversity, from the 18th-century sophistication of its creamy Regency seafront flats to the colourful splash that is Gay Pride. Everyone and everything has its place in London-by-the-Sea.
Hedonistic Prince George set the architectural tone of this unknown fishing village when he rocked up and fell in love with both the location and the ladies in 1783. The result was his mini Taj Mahal, the Pavilion, on the Old Steine in the heart of Brighton, the centre of epic dinners, dancing and dalliances. To the west, North Street heads up to the clock tower and from here you can reach the meandering South Lanes area and the boho North Laines. Head east along the seafront from the gaudy Palace Pier and you’ll find yourself in gay-friendly Kemp Town, packed with bars, restaurants and quirky boutiques.
Shopping in Brighton
Bashing the plastic is a city sport in Brighton. You can easily lose your bearings and your budget amongst the winding snickets of jewellers, designer labels and oyster bars of the South Lanes area. The North Laines heading up to the station have a studenty feel, with enough non-leather shoes and soya bean shakes to satisfy vegetarians. Head from your Brighton hotel to Churchill Square for high-street names and Debenhams department store. Art lovers should take a look underneath the seafront arches just west of Palace Pier where independent galleries flourish.
Eating and drinking in Brighton
Fans of authentic Chinese food go to Preston Street off the seafront for the real McCoy. If you’re vegetarian, award-winning Terre à Terre on East Street is just one of the many veggie options in the city. Kemp Town is swollen with eating spots representing seemingly every country on earth. Splash out at the Gingerman on Norfolk Square near Brighton’s more sedate neighbour Hove, or eat fish and chips on the beach from the wonderful Bankers chippie.
Culture and nightlife in Brighton
Brighton Dome hosts a broad brush of entertainment including pop, ballet, classical concerts and jazz. In the plush red Regency auditorium at one of the country’s oldest theatres, the Theatre Royal, you can catch serious drama, comedic romps and classic pantomime. The Komedia on Gardner Street in the North Laines hosts weekend stand-up shows featuring TV faces. Indie films can be seen at the Duke of York’s cinema on Preston Circus, distinguishable by the giant black and white stockinged legs on the front of the building, which says everything about Brighton.
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