Brighton is blessed with a lengthy history of Roman heritage. Many of the ancient landmarks still stand today. Formerly a fishing village, the city underwent massive change during the 18th Century and became a fashionable destination for holidaymakers. The town expanded under the influence of the Prince Regent (later to become King George IV), who also built the bizarre and impressive Royal Pavilion, a structure influenced by various Eastern cultures.
The southern, seaside settlement of Brighton and Hove is compact enough to walk from one side to the other and has plenty to see while you do. The city is an eclectic mix of styles, a fusion of smaller, diverse city villages. Standing under the clock tower at the top of North Street gives you a beautiful view of the glistening English Channel and from here you can reach the topsy-turvy South Lanes as well as the Bohemian North Laines. Heading east along the bustling King's Road, parallel to the beach, will take you past the volleyball area, the Artists' Quarter, the extravagant Brighton Pier to the lively, gay-friendly Kemptown, an area packed with cafes, restaurants and bars, and some of the most energetic nightlife in the county.
Shopping in Brighton
The city is widely considered to be one of the best places for any shopaholic to spend their day. Bashing the plastic is a city sport and the unique blend of arty, bohemian boutiques and multitude of high street brands will satisfy an array of clientele. Head out of your Brighton hotel to Churchill Square for high street names including a large Debenham's department store. The Lanes, nestled between the Pavillion and the Brighton Town Hall are so varied and different they will keep you enthralled for hours. From your hotel in Brighton, head down to the famous seafront and a stroll along the beach to the Marina, another of the country's favorite shopping centres.
Eating and drinking in Brighton
In keeping with the city's varied character, there are plenty of eating options in Brighton. For authentic Chinese food head to Preston Street off the seafront; China Garden in particular, deserves a mention. A multitude of vegan and vegetarian restaurants are dotted throughout the city, but for any visiting veggie, award-winning Terre à Terre on East Street is simply a must. If you've decided to pay a visit to Hove from your Brighton hotel, make a reservation at the Gingerman, where the rustic, English cuisine is among the city's most acclaimed.
Culture and nightlife in Brighton
If you're planning on staying a while, book a Best Western hotel in Brighton for the month of May. The city comes alive with art and music, hosting both the Brighton Festival (the largest multi-art form festival in England) and the Brighton Fringe Festival (the third largest fringe festival in Europe). Setting aside the multitude of other festivals, carnivals and events, the city itself is jam packed with things to do. The Brighton Dome hosts a broad mix of entertainment including all kinds of music from pop to opera as well as a range of theatre, stand-up comedy, formal presentations and other performances. If you're looking for a wild night, Kemptown and the seafront are packed full of bars and clubs catering to every taste. For a quiet evening, the Duke of York Picture House, the country's oldest purpose built cinema, comes highly recommended, playing a host of arty and indie films - a real flavour of Brighton!
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