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Brighton (England)

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Brighton [13] is a famous seaside resort and charming city (on the south coast of England, in the county of East Sussex and almost immediately due south of the capital city London (76 km/47 mi). In 2000, the two neighbouring communities of Brighton and Hove joined together to form the unitary authority of the City of Brighton and Hove. Known for its Asian architecture and large gay community.


Brighton was a sleepy little fishing village, then known as Brighthelmstone, until Dr Richard Russell of Lewes began to prescribe the use of seawater for his patients. He advocated the drinking of seawater and sea-bathing in 1750. In 1753 he erected a large house near the beach for himself and for his patients. A further factor in Brighton's growth came in the early 19th Century when the Prince of Wales built the Royal Pavilion, an extravagant Regency building designed by John Nash. But it was only with the development of the railways, around 1840, that Brighton truly started to boom.

The city is convenient to London, and increasingly popular with media and music types who don't want to live in the capital. It is sometimes called "London-by-the-Sea" for this reason. Brighton is typically referred to as the gay capital of Britain. There is a significant gay district in Kemp Town which adds to the Bohemian atmosphere of the city. Brighton has long been the capital of decadence and hedonism in Britain. It is home to two universities, the University of Sussex (situated on the edge of the city at Falmer) [14] and the University of Brighton [15].

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

View West along Brighton beach

Wikitravel has a guide to Rail travel in the United Kingdom.

Trains to Brighton run from Victoria, London Bridge and the below-ground level of St Pancras stations in London, taking about an hour (faster for the Brighton Express services from Victoria, although expect to add another 20 minutes if travelling during peak commuting times). Trains also run along the coast from Hastings and Lewes in the east, and Portsmouth and Chichester in the west. Brighton is on a direct line to Gatwick and Luton airports (Gatwick is much closer, being to the south of London).

To connect with Eurostar trains from Paris and Brussels, there is a half-hourly service from London St Pancras International, and an hourly service from Ashford International in Kent.

Southern tickets to London and some other destinations can be purchased from as little as £3 (£2 with rail cards) one way, if purchased online from their website. The tickets can then be collected from the automated machines at your departure station.

  • Southern [16] operates a twice-hourly service out of London Victoria, with all trains calling at Clapham Junction and East Croydon. To the east, Southern operates services from Ashford International, Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Lewes and Seaford, as well as from Newhaven to connect with the ferry from Dieppe. To the west, Southern operates services from Southampton, Portsmouth, Chichester and all major towns along the West Sussex coast (some destinations, such as Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, require a change, normally in Barnham or Hove).
  • Thameslink [17] operates two services an hour from London Bridge; and two services an hour from Bedford (to the north of London) via London St. Pancras International and London Bridge. The services from Bedford stop at Luton Airport Parkway, allowing direct rail transfers from Luton Airport to Brighton (with a regular 5-minute shuttle bus service from the airport to the station). All Thameslink trains to Brighton call at East Croydon.
  • Gatwick Express [18] operates a fast service from London Victoria to Brighton twice an hour, calling at Gatwick Airport only.
  • Great Western Railway [19] operates a once-daily service to Brighton from Gloucester via Bristol on Mondays to Fridays, and from Cardiff via Bristol on Saturdays and Sundays.

By car[edit]

Brighton is a congested city, and not easy to drive or park in. The principal route from London and Gatwick Airport is the A23. The A27 runs along the coast, and is dual carriageway from the M27 at Portsmouth in the west to Lewes in the east. There are several car parks in central Brighton - expect to pay about £1.50 per hour, even on Sundays. Alternatively, parking is available at Worthing or Lewes stations, about 20 minutes by train from the city centre. Another alternative is to use the city's Park and Ride service, information can be found at The National Park and Ride Directory [20].

There are particular days in the year when it is very inadvisable to drive into Brighton:

  • The children's parade day at the start of Brighton Festival [21]. Usually the first Saturday in May. Many roads in the centre of Brighton are closed.
  • The day of the annual London to Brighton Bike Ride. This is on a Sunday in June - tens of thousands of cyclists plus their support vehicles are in the city, so many roads will be blocked or difficult to get across.
  • The parade day of the Brighton and Hove gay pride week [22]. Around first Saturday of August. Many roads in the centre of Brighton are closed.
  • The first Sunday of November when the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is held (unless, of course, you own a veteran car!)
  • Any summer's day when the sun is shining and the whole of London decides to head to the Brighton beach.

By bus[edit]

National Express [23] provide coach services to London (cheaper than the train, but taking around 2 hours) and various other cities from Pool Valley coach station, between Old Steine and the seafront.

Stagecoach bus services run to Brighton from Portsmouth, via Worthing, on service 700. It costs £6.30 for one day's unlimited travel on this route. See Stagecoach [24] for times.

Brighton and Hove Buses bus services run to Brighton from Eastbourne in the east and Tunbridge Wells in the north. Travel on Brighton & Hove Buses cost £2 per journey or £4 a day for Travel within Brighton (Southwick - Newhaven - Lewes - this is called a CitySaver). There is also a SuperSaver ticket for travel within Southwick to Eastbourne, for £5 a day. There are many discount fares ("CentreFares", online tickets) and tickets which cost more (Nightbuses - ranging from £2 for N7 and N25 to £5 for the N69). Children only receive a discount with a BusID. See Brighton and Hove Bus Company [25] for details.

By plane[edit]

Gatwick Airport is the nearest airport to Brighton (about a 40-minute drive), and the second busiest in the UK, flying to 74 countries in Europe and elsewhere.

Outside peak times, there are 7 trains per hour from the airport railway station (located in the South Terminal) to Brighton: 2 non-stop services operated by Gatwick Express; and 5 stopping services. The Gatwick Express services take 22 or 25 minutes and are slightly more expensive; the stopping services take 32 to 41 minutes depending on the number of stops. Two of the 7 trains per hour stop at Preston Park station in north Brighton, which may be useful if you are staying in that area.

In addition, National Express operates coach services from Gatwick to Brighton.

Heathrow Airport, London's main airport and the largest in the UK, is about a 1 1/4 hr drive from Brighton. The National Express 747 coach service runs from Heathrow to Brighton, departing from Heathrow Central Bus Station (which serves Terminals 2 and 3) and stopping at Terminals 4 and 5. The full journey is scheduled to take just under 2 hours outside peak times, although beware that the traffic on the M25 is notoriously unpredictable.

The coach service runs only once every 1 to 2 hours or so, so if your plane lands at an inconvenient time, you may prefer to take the more frequent coach service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport, and get the train or another coach from there to Brighton.

You can also get from Heathrow to Brighton by train via Victoria station in central London (where trains run to Brighton four times an hour). To get from Heathrow to Victoria, either take the Underground the whole way (take the Piccadilly Line to Gloucester Road and the Circle or District Line from there to Victoria), or take the Heathrow Express rail service to London Paddington, and change there for the Circle Line to Victoria. The Heathrow Express is more comfortable than getting the Tube the whole way, but doesn't usually save you any time (given you still have to take the Circle Line to Victoria) and is much more expensive. Either option will take around 2 hours in total.

Yet another option is to get a local bus (or a taxi) from one of the airport terminals to nearby Feltham railway station, and to get the train from there to Brighton, changing at Clapham Junction in central London. This route avoids using the Tube entirely and doesn't usually take longer than 2 hours 15 minutes. Just remember there are no cash fares on the bus; a single fare costs £1.50 on Oyster or contactless card.

Luton Airport, located to the north of London, is dominated by budget airlines and offers a wide range of cheap European flights. There are frequent 5-min shuttle buses from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway railway station, and from there there is a direct service to Brighton (via London St. Pancras) every half hour, operated by Thameslink. The full journey takes around 2 hours 15 minutes and, outside peak times, costs £35.10 for a single or £41.60 for a return.

Shoreham Airport (also known as Brighton City Airport), located 5 miles away, no longer offers scheduled flights, and is mainly used for sightseeing flights and private aircraft.

By ferry[edit]

The nearest ferry port to Brighton is at Newhaven, which has a daily ferry service to Dieppe on the north coast of France, taking 4 hours. Newhaven is roughly a 30-minute drive from the centre of Brighton; alternatively, there are regular buses and trains.

Brighton is also fairly easy to access from the major ports at Southampton, Portsmouth and Dover. There are direct rail services from Southampton and Portsmouth to Brighton, while you can get the train from Dover to Brighton by changing at Ashford International in Kent.

Get around[edit]

By bike[edit]

Although the area is hilly, cycling is a growing form of transport in Brighton. The city is one of Cycling England's [26] "Cycling Demonstration Towns". More details on cycling, including a map of routes, can be found at the cycling section of the city council's website [27].

By bus[edit]

There is an extensive bus network in Brighton and Hove. In the city centre, services are very frequent and many stops have 'real-time' bus information. The majority of buses are run by one company, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company [28], The service isn't cheap with a flat fare of £1.8 for single journeys or £3.60 for an all day ticket (CitySaver). Children travel at half price, though there is no child saver ticket (or 20p with a free Bus ID card when accompanied by an adult) and pensioners with an East Sussex County Card travel for free after 9AM. All day tickets can be bought on the bus, or in advance on the company website. If travelling by train, you can add a "plus bus" option on your ticket for £2, which gives a day's travel around the city. If you are only intending to use the 25 and 23 bus services which link the Universities at Falmer with Old Steine and the Marina respectively, you can purchase a "23/25 Saver" ticket for £3.70. This is valid on a number of other routes operating on Lewes Road (A270), but notably not the 48 or 49 service.

The city is also well served by regular night buses, especially the N25 (every 10 minutes during university term time, every half hour otherwise) and N7(half hourly). On these routes you are most likely to encounter people on their way to and back from bars and nightclubs. While they are generally harmless they can be extremely loud and disruptive. These routes attract a much larger single fare of £4, but fortunately CitySaver and 23/25 Saver (N25 Only) purchased earlier in the day are valid until regular service resumes in the morning.

It is possible to obtain some fares for slightly cheaper using the Brighton and Hove Buses m-ticket app [29]. Longer term residents should consider acquiring a The Key [30] smartcard ticket.

"The Big Lemon". [31] bus company no longer operates the service they once did, now operating only one public route and a shuttle between campuses for University of Brighton students.

On a small number of days a year, buses are disrupted by parades etc. - the same days as in the "By car" section above.

Many of Brighton & Hove Bus's vehicles are named after celebrities (some living, some deceased) and individuals who have made a contribution to Brighton & Hove city life in some significant manner - look for the name on the front.

By train[edit]

Brighton Station is one of the most important rail terminals in the South East and from here the city of Brighton has a small suburban rail network with trains serving areas of Hove, Preston Park and also to the main campuses of the universities (Moulsecoomb, Falmer) which run around every 15 minutes and take about 10 minutes. Trains also run along the coast to Ashford in the east (connecting to Eurostar services from Paris) and Portsmouth and Southampton in the west. Brighton has excellent rail connections to London with the capital, including Thameslink services from St Pancras International, connecting with Eurostar services from Brussels and Paris.

Note that Southern and Thameslink services do not carry bicycles during peak hours (7AM-10AM and 4PM-7PM).

By taxi[edit]

There are vast numbers of taxis in Brighton. They are however more expensive than most other towns and cities in England, though Brighton is also serviced by Uber, which is usually cheaper. It is worth noting that on Friday and Saturday after midnight, the hire charge for a taxi is £4.10 before the journey starts.

The main taxi ranks are at Brighton train station and at East Street (near the Lanes). (Smaller ranks dotted around include: Queen Square (opposite Churchill Square), the north side of St. Peter's Church and the bottom of Montpelier Road.)
Authorised Cabs - Streamline (Hove) 202020 - Streamline (Brighton) 747474 - Radio Cabs 204060

By car[edit]

Driving around Brighton can be difficult, particularly during the summer holidays as Brighton is one of the most popular seaside towns in the UK. Pedestrians aren't always careful when crossing the streets, as there are many visitors from overseas who aren't used to cars coming from the right. So watch out.

In July and August, parking in Brighton can be a nightmare. Try to find a parking space on the official NCP website or Parkopedia, or book a driveway or garage in advance via services such as YourParkingSpace. Driving around Brighton is definitely not a good idea, unless you have a disability, in which case it is more practical.

By Horse[edit]

Many Brightonians have opted to commit to travelling the city either on horseback or by horse and cart due to environmental concerns. There is not yet a public infrastructure to support this mode of transport, so any equine transportation in public areas is undertaken by private individuals. There is an ongoing campaign among environmentalists and members of the Green Party to create a publically owned horse centre which will provide horses to replace cars and busses in the city.

Tourists often flock to the famous spectacle of the "Brunswick Square Horse Events" which take place sporadically throughout the year, usually very early in the morning. Some residents of the Brunswick estate have raised concerns about these occasions.


Brightonians often give directions relative to a prominent landmark, the Clocktower, which stands due south of the rail station at the bottom of Queen's Road and the top of West Street. From that intersection, Western Road, a major shopping street, runs to the west and North Street runs to the east. If you turn left walking down, and walk half-way down North Street, the Lanes will be in the side streets on your right, and the North Laine area off on the left. If you continue to the eastern end of North Street, the Royal Pavilion gardens are off to your left. North Street opens into an open area, the Old Steine, with Palace Pier on the seafront to your right and St James' St., the route into Kemptown, starts ahead of you across the Steine. St Peter's, Brighton's parish church, is north of the Steine gardens, and beyond that is a sparsely planted park known as The Level.

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Brighton Seafront
Brighton Pier
Burned remains of the West Pier
The Flamboyant Royal Pavilion
  • The Palace Pier [32] aka Brighton Pier has all the usual seafront arcade attractions. There is also the wreck of West Pier which was derelict for some time before finally burning down recently. Brighton Pier is all owned by the same company, so there's no real point shopping around for bargains on it (unlike other UK piers); but this does mean it has forced off threats to close it. The pier stands at the foot of the Grand Parade, south of the Old Steine. Beware as the pier security have been known to use excessive force against customers as well as concealing their security licences. Also be wary of your belongings as there are many opportunities for items to be taken - particularly if you are going on the fairground rides.
  • Brighton Beach. In the summer, the pebble beach is covered in tourists and Brightonians alike. Poi twirlers strike a beautiful image against the sunsets, and flaming lanterns are launched into the air on summer evenings. To the east of Brighton there is a designated nudist beach. The pebble beach gives way to a flat sandy seabed just below mid tide line so time your swimming to the low tide and avoid the painful feet. Just beyond the Marina is an area for surfers. Fishermen cast their rods from the Marina or by the giant doughnut.
  • The Lanes -an area of small shops, the tumbled street plan reflecting the layout of the original fishing village of Brighton which was located here. Almost every shop in the Lanes is a jewelery shop, although there are also cafes, bars, record shops, a shop that sells vintage weapons, and a whole host of Italian restaurants.
  • North Laine (sometimes incorrectly called the North Lanes). A wild nest of alternativism, North Laine is walked by dreadlocked hippies, bright colours, punks, goths and oddballs. The shops sell everything from bongs to magic potions, from giant wooden hands to fairy wings and from bagels to fire staffs, as well as a full complement of cafes, bars, second hand clothes stores and newsagents. The area is north of the Lanes on the other side of North Street.
  • Sea Life Centre, [33]. An aquarium with walkthrough underwater tunnel, adjacent to Brighton Pier. This is the oldest working Aquarium in the world.
  • The Royal Pavilion, [34], Oct-Mar 10AM-5:15PM daily (last tickets 4:30PM), Apr-Sep 9:30AM-5:45PM (last tickets 5PM), closed from 2:30PM 24 Dec and all day on 25-26 Dec, admission £15, £9 children, other concessions available, (10% cheaper if bought online), tel +44 1273 290900 - An interesting architectural attraction, transformed between 1815 and 1823 by the architect John Nash, at the direction of the then Prince Regent (later King George IV), into a sumptuous pleasure palace by the sea. The exterior has an Indian theme, whilst the interior was decorated with Chinese decor. Guided tours available and well worthwhile.
  • The Old Steine The centrepiece of Brighton's 'floral gateway', this features a rotating selection of flowerbeds, a fountain, and cafe. During the Brighton Fringe Festival (in May) there is often a large outdoor exhibition where performances take place.
  • St James's Street and the corresponding stretch of seafront east of the pier constitute Brighton's gay village, lending the city the title of 'Gay Capital of Britain' is a short walk east of the city centre. Not only does it cater to the LGBT community but also is home to a wealth of restaurants and cafes. Continuing in the same direction you reach the rather more low-key and genteel area of Kemptown, with another clutch of antique shops.
  • Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre, Corn Exchange Theatre, Dome Concert Hall Theatre and music venues all located in the 'Cultural Quarter' that encompasses New Road, Jubilee Street and parts of North Laine.
  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery An interesting Museum and history, culture and art to do with Brighton and beyond. An excellent permanent collection as well as brilliant exhibitions from international artists.
  • Toy and Model Museum A little, unknown museum hiding under the viaduct of Brighton Station.
  • The Booth Museum of Natural History Situated a bit out of town up Dyke Road, this spectacular collection of taxidermy features over 300 bird specimens, a giant bear, a feejee mermaid and the infamous "Bone Room".
  • Komedia Major comedy club in North Laine.
  • Brighton Marina with boats, pubs, restaurants, a supermarket and even a hotel, well to the East of the town centre.
  • Volks Railway [35] The first public electric railway in the world, opened in 1883, runs from the Aquarium at Brighton Pier to Black Rock near the Marina (operates April to September).
  • Fabrica, [36]. Contemporary art gallery that specialises in new commissioned site specific work. As an artist led space this is a unique venue in the southeast that shows important new works by international artists. Fabrica is not a selling gallery but a place that offers access to exciting large scale work and media installations. It is housed in a renovated church on the corner of Ship St and Duke St in the City centre, entrance is free.
  • Lighthouse Another contemporary art gallery located in Kensington Street, North Laine. Like Fabrica it has no permanent collection and is purely artist led. The gallery itself is a the site of a disused warehouse.
  • Grand Parade An art gallery located in Brightons most central university campus. The gallery often has exhibitions of students work as well as a wealth of international artists. It is located near St. Peter's Church just north of the Old Steine.
  • Phoenix Another art gallery housing works from artists from all over the world. The gallery is in quite a central part of the city and is right next to Grand Parade.
  • Ink D A small but trendy little space that exhibits obscure artists works as well as design. It is located at the bottom of North Road, North Laine.
  • Jubilee Square A modern redevelopment towards the south of Brighton's North Laine. As well as the location of the magnificent Jubilee Library, the square also offers upmarket restaurants and cafe culture.
  • Roedean School, Roedean Way, one of Britain's most famous and expensive girls' schools, the huge stone building looks out across the Channel.
  • University of Sussex. Spacious campus with notable architecture by Sir Basil Spence. (Three stops from Brighton Station on the line to Lewes).
  • St Bartholomews Church One of Europe's tallest churches (from floor to ceiling). Towering over Brighton, this extraordinary church is not exactly the prettiest church in the world, however its gigantic structure and incredible decoration makes this church a must-see attraction. A real gem in Brighton's history which needs tourism and donations as it has recently been under threat from closure.
  • Embassy Court This famous 1930s art deco building was nearly demolished in the early 2000s, but has since been fully restored to its modernist reality. There are artists studios underneath. Tours of the building take place during the Festival.

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  • the Brighton Festival, [37] in May each year is the second biggest arts festival in Great Britain (coming closely behind Edinburgh). Music (all sorts), art exhibitions, book debates, and much, much more.
A Market during the Brighton Festival. The Theatre Royal is the red building
  • the Brighton Festival Fringe, [38]. The Fringe runs at the same time as the main Festival, and features over 600 events, including comedy, theatre, music, and "open houses" (local artists exhibiting in their own homes) and tours (haunted pubs, Regency Brighton, churches, cemeteries, sewers etc.).
  • Brighton Pride, [39]. Considered by many to be the biggest and the best Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trangender Pride Festival in the UK, attracting more than 100,000 people annually to Brighton for the weekend festival in late August. Witnessing its 20th anniversary, Brighton Pride Festival starts Saturday 1st Sept.
  • the London to Brighton Bike Ride [40], A 58 mile charity ride held each June to benefit the British Heart Foundation. The Ride has raised over £26 million for heart research since its inception in 1980, from the efforts of over 550,000 riders. Suitable for all levels of riders, the route passes through glorious countryside on the approach to Brighton.
  • Brighton Theatres, [41]. Brighton is a great place to see a theatres show or even a gig. There are many theatres and venues in and around Brighton.
  • Watch Brighton & Hove Albion play at their brand-spanking new ground at Falmer, or check out their old place Withdean Athletics Stadium where there is still regular track & field meets.
  • Shop until you drop. Calling into many of the quirky shops in North Laine looking for that elusive deleted LP/ leather bound book/ one-off party dress/ organic beer, can be a highlight and a chance to uncover hidden gems.
  • Duke of York's Cinema, Preston Circus (15 minutes' walk up the London Road from the Steine), [1]. The Duke of York's Cinema is Brighton's art house cinema, and the oldest continually operating cinema in Europe. Opened in 1910, it still has a single screen, which shows a mix of art house and more mainstream films, with a Kid's Club on Saturday mornings. The building itself is recognisable by the giant fibreglass legs on the roof. The bar on the first floor is a good place for a drink before the film, with a balcony that has good views of the street below. The (screening-room) balcony at first floor level has two-seat sofas, the ground floor regular cinema seats.  edit
  • Glass Bead Making Classes (Lampwork) (Bead Making (Lampwork / Flamework) Classes), 81 Portland Road / Hove / BN35DP (Take bus No. 49, 2, or 46), 01273773684, [2]. Beginner & intermediate glass bead making classes introduce students to both basic and advanced lampworking techniques and help pave the way towards finding your own artistic voice. Private and 2-person group classes available.  edit

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Shopping is one of the main reasons to visit Brighton. But don't get stuck in the mainstream shopping area around Western Road. There are a huge array of shops catering for all tastes but the impressive assortment of independent shops and boutiques is something that differentiates Brighton from many other British cities. The atmosphere in the North Laine and in The Lanes is one of the intangible aspects of the city that leaves many wanting to return time and time again. Brighton is especially good for Music, Books and independent clothes shops.

  • North Laine contains heaps of shops and market stalls to tempt everyone’s quirky or vintage fancies. There is a flea market with numerous stalls in Kensington Gardens and another , 'The North Laine Antiques & Fleamarket' in neaby Upper Gardner Street. Shops tend to get less mainstream, the further north into the North Laine area you go.
  • The Lanes are known for their independent shops, especially antique shops and jewellers. The Lanes Armoury is world famous for selling antique war memorabilia and weapons. The confectionery shop Choccywoccydoodah [42] (Duke St.) boasts its own TV show.
  • Brighton is packed full of independent record shops, most of which sell vinyl, including Resident (Kensington Gdns) [43] which was voted "England's favourite indie record shop" in 2011, Borderline (Gardner St) and Across The Tracks [44], all in the North Laine area. Rounder records in Brighton Square (the Lanes) is noted for ticket sales. The Record Album (8 Terminus Rd., just above the station) is a small shop specialising in vinyl soundtracks and other retro curiosities.
  • Churchill Square Shopping Centre and the surrounding area offer more mainstream goods, but are invaluable if that's what you're looking for.
  • London Road is an unglamorous "High Street" type shopping area with some genuine bargains, particularly at the Open Market. There is a concentration of electronics, photographic and hi-fi retailers towards the northern end, around Preston Circus.
  • Brighton Marina hosts a selection of outlet shops, and a large 24 hour supermarket.
  • The pedestrianised George St. is Hove's main shopping area, but it is not really worth a detour if you are already in central Brighton.
  • Beaded Lily Glass Works (Brighton & Hove's Most Creative Bead Studio!), 81 Portland Road (Bus Numbers 49, 46, 2 (Street parking also available)), 01273 773 684, [3]. See Website. Where Learning & Creativity Meet Atmosphere: Handmade glass lampwork beads created on-site! Come see our unique selection of hand-crafted designer jewellery & unique beading accessories. Plus a long list of cool courses, including glass bead making and jewellery design.  edit
  • Beyond Retro (Brighton & Hove's largest vintage store), 42 Vine Street BN1 4AG, +44 207 729 9001, [4]. See Website. The biggest vintage store in Brighton & Hove offers thousands of unique pieces, from retro dresses to denim must-haves. Also offers Beyond Retro's upcycled LABEL collection.  edit

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Brighton has excellent food, especially for vegetarians. The most famous vegetarian restaurant (and, after a recent buy out, now fairly expensive) is Food for Friends [45] situated in The Lanes. On the other end of the scale, there are many takeaways in Brighton catering for different kinds of tastes (pizza, Chinese, Mexican, Indian food). Prices are usually fairly cheap and most are open until late.


  • No seaside town is complete without seafood stalls. On the seafront, about 100m west of the pier, are a clutch of stands offering snacks of cockles and mussels, crab sandwiches, fish soup and oysters, all for a few pounds. Daytime only.
  • The Small Batch Coffee Company has locations including Brighton and Hove.
  • The Bombay Aloo. (tel. +44 1273 776038) 39 Ship St. All-you-can-eat Indian vegetarian buffet, a tremendous bargain, particularly between 3.15PM and 5.15PM. Often gets crowded, but ask about the upstairs room before giving up. The Bombay Lounge in North Street, and Bombay Mix in St. James's St are similar.
  • Foodilic [46], North Street, is another buffet restaurant, with a variety of vegetarian dishes and some carnivorous options.
  • Pom Poko, 110 Church Street, [5]. A delightful, small, genuine Japanese cafe, selling a wide range of delicious dishes for a very reasonable price. (Note: if you are eating alone or if there is space at your table, often other diners will be seated with you, which can make some people feel uncomfortable)  edit Take-away available.
  • The Regency, Kings Rd (on the seafront almost opposite the collapsing West Pier), [6]. Good value fish and seafood restaurant that won't break the bank.  edit
  • Lucky Star, Trafalgar Street. A reasonably priced Chinese restaurant serving all the classic dishes, as well as some more unexpected delights from the Chinese menu. Try the tripe!
  • Burger Off,52 Brunswick St W, tel +44 1273 326655, Best Burgers you will ever taste Family run with a Five Star Health inspectorate Rating, well worth a visit
  • Grubb Burgers (89 St James's St, Western Rd, London Rd, Lewes Road) are something of a local legend, renowned for their many sauces and toppings.
  • Market Diner (Circus St.) [47]. A "greasy spoon" famed for its all-night opening hours and "gutbusters".
  • Pablos, 36 Ship Street Brighton and Hove, tel +44 1273 20812. Serves great Italian food, with pizzas and pasta dishes starting at £2.50. It is popular in the evening so expect to wait for a table unless you make a reservation, getting a table during the day is usually no problem.
  • Hell's Kitchen [48], in Gardner St. is not a sit-down restaurant but rather a New York style deli offering bagels, salt beef etc.
  • Preston Street, near the border of Hove and Brighton has a string of low to mid priced ethnic restaurants. For instance, China China at number 74 (tel 0871 207 1847) is a good value (around six pounds per person) Chinese restaurant, with lots of seating, five minutes from the beach.
  • Namul, 49 Gardner Street, tel +44 0127 3973878, [49]. Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00, Sat 11:00 - 21:00, Sun 12:00 - 19:00. - A small, but excellent Korean cafe in the middle of North Laine. Has a decent selection of bibimbap bowls and bento boxes, all of which cost less than £10.


  • Bills Produce Store and Café, The Depot, 100 North Rd, tel +44 1273 692894, fax +44 1273 692387, [50]. M-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 10AM-4PM. - consistently highly rated and reviewed, the café at Bills specialises in organic munchies of the best type.
  • Gar's (Meeting House Lane). Possibly the best Chinese restaurant in town.
  • The George pub, on Trafalgar Street near the train station, serves only the finest vegetarian meals and snacks. Wi-Fi available.
  • La Cave a Fromage, 34-35 Western Rd, Hove, tel +44 1273 725500, [51]. Amazing wine and cheese platters that are constantly changing and very special. Great service.
  • Terre à Terre, 71 East St, tel +44 1273 729051, [52]. Well-respected vegetarian restaurant, with a lively crowd and bright décor - voted 2nd best British restaurant in the Observer Food Monthly 2004.
  • The Eagle, 125 Gloucester Rd, tel +44 1273 607765. Great vegan, vegetarian and carnivorous food
  • The Greys, 105 Southover St, tel +44 1273 680734, [53]. 11th best pub in the UK in 2004. Famous for its food, and chef "Spats" (no child licence.)
  • The Open House, 146 Springfield Rd, tel +44 1273 880102. 20th best pub in UK in 2004. Large, child-friendly pub next to London Road train station. Good food and drink.
  • Bardsley's, 22-23a Baker St (Just off London Road, near the level park), +44 1273 681256, [7]. 11:30AM-2:30PM & 4PM-8:30PM. Fine fish and chip restaurants serving delicious fish and chips as well as some really excellent specials (roys shark steaks are amazing). The family run restaurant has fantastic reviews. It is very popular with locals.  edit
  • Planet India, 4-5 Richmond Parade, +44 1273 818149. Tu-Su 6PM-10PM. Great Indian vegetarian restaurant that serves an authentic menu within a friendly atmosphere (barefoot waiter included!). under £10.  edit
  • Moshi Moshi. An unusual conveyor-belt sushi restaurant, unusually located in a glass-sided building, the "opticon", in Bartholomew Square.
  • Gobi.(East St.) Concept restaurant where you select your own ingredients and have them cooked in front of you.
  • There is a stretch of Western road with several Middle Eastern and North African restaurants, for instance Kambi's,(Number 107) Mascara(Number 10) and Sahara (Number of 103).
  • Giggiling Squid (11 Market St, 159 Church Rod) Good-value Thai restaurants noted for their lunchtime tapas.


  • Englishs, 29-30-31 East Street, tel +44 1273 327980, [54]. Known as the best seafood restaurant in the city, this place is not cheap at around £20 for a main course. Decor and clientele tend towards the old-school.
  • Havana, 32 Duke St, +44 1273 773388. Located in the converted Theatre Royal opened in 1790, the enticing facade mirrors the exquisite international cuisine but expect a hefty bill as this is a popular with the Rich and Famous (Orlando Bloom is known to visit when in town).
  • The original Gingerman[55] fine-dining restaurant (Norfolk Sq.) garnered numerous accolades and spawned three sister operations: the Ginger Fox (Muddleswood Rd), the Ginger Pig (Hove) and the Ginger Dog (Kemptown).
  • The Chilli Pickle [56] is a high-concept Indian restaurant in Jubilee Square.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are many, many pubs, cafes, and bars catering for all tastes. Any list of reasonable length will be far from complete; if there's a street in central Brighton there is likely to be a pub on it. Coffee is everywhere and craft beer is catching up fast.

Station and Trafalgar Street[edit]

  • The Evening Star, 55-56 Surrey St (200 m from railway station). If you enjoy real ales this is a must. Voted by CAMRA for many years, the best pub for real ales in Brighton & Hove. They have a wide selection of tap ales & ciders and bottled Headbangers too! Best of all, it's really cheap!
  • The Prince Albert, Trafalgar Street. Boisterous indie kids' pub, with a selection of local ales and a mural of its patron saint, John Peel.
  • The Lord Nelson, 36 Trafalgar St. The "Nellie" is a thoroughly traditional, multi-roomed pub serving a range of ales from the 200 year old brewery in nearby Lewes.
  • The George, Trafalgar Street. Popular pub with a fully vegetarian menu.
  • The Great Eastern offers a wide range of US bourbons and rye whiskeys.
  • Grand Central, Surrey Street. A large pub directly opposite the railway station, with live train times on screens above the bar. A good spot if you're after a quick drink before catching a train.

North Laine[edit]

  • Basketmakers Arms, 12 Gloucester Rd, +44 1273 689006. Great traditional backstreet pub located on a side street in the North Laine area. Excellent choice of English ales and excellent good value food. Often busy so arrive early to bag a seat  edit The Eagle, directly opposite is also excellent.
  • The Office, Sydney Street, specialises in multitudinous varieties of gin.
  • The Heart and Hand. (75 North Rd) This traditional pub, just off Queen's Rd., is an Indie Kids' favourite, famed for its jukebox.
  • Nine Green Bottles, Jubilee Street, is a wine bar and merchant.
  • North Laine (27 Gloucester Place)'. Huge pub with its own brewery, full menu and plenty of seating. On the outskirts of North Laine, near the Basketmaker's.

The Lanes[edit]

  • The Bath Arms (3-4 Meeting House Lane). Serious gastropub at the corner of two pedestrian lanes.
  • Bison Beer Crafthouse (7 East Street). Off license specialising in Craft Beer.
  • The Cricketers (14 Black Lion St.). Brighton's oldest pub, with a plush Victorian interior. Pricey.
  • The Marwood (52 Ship St [Alleyway]). Named after the "I" in Withnail and I, this is possibly Brighon-and-Hove's most strenuously hip coffee shop.
  • The Pump House (46 Market Street). This mostly Georgian Nicholson's pub faces a small square, and offers guest ales and a midrange food operation.
  • Pub du Vin (2 Ship St.). Two excellent but very pricey operations in the Lanes.
  • Seven Stars (27 Ship St) The latest version of this much-relaunched Victorian boozer is a cutting-edge craft beer pub.
  • The Victory (6 Duke Street). Old fashioned green tiled pub with fine ales and gigs going on upstairs.

Pavilion and Old Steine[edit]

  • The Royal Pavilion Tavern, 7 Castle Sq. A cheap pub colloquially known as the 'Pav Tav'. Expect to see just about any type of person in here from Indie Kids and Goths to Old Men and Chavs who somehow all manage to co-exist harmoniously. There is also a nightclub above the pub.
  • Ye Old King and Queen, 13-17 Marlborough Pl. A faux traditional old pub that never loses its popularity! The decor is in a fake-medieval style, but the place is fun if you like a studenty atmosphere. Especially popular with students from the language school called St.Giles close to the pub always hang out here. It is a meeting point for them. As the name of the pub shows, there are portraits of former English kings and queens. The pub has a high ceiling and the space is large. Various forms of entertainment which include karaoke, televised sport and occasional live music.
  • Brewdog Brighton (52 Grand Parade). On the other side of the Steine, one of the Scottish craft brewery's pub chains.

Churchill Square and Seafront[edit]

  • The Quadrant.(12-13 North St.) Historic, precipitously multi-level pub by the Clocktower, with good beer and live performances.
  • Regency Tavern, (32-34 Russell Sq). Very welcoming if pricey local, attracting a quiet, mixed clientele. It is renowned for its kitsch decor, which becomes extra fabulous during Christmas and Valentine's day
  • Tempest (159-161 Kings Road Arches). Beachside pub with pecular, cavern-style interior, real ales, craft beers and seafood menu.
  • Fortune of War. (157 Kings Road Arches). The other most interesting beachside pub, designed to look like a galleon. Can heave as well!

Western Road area[edit]

  • Craft, (22 Upper North Road, behind Top Shop). Beer geek's heaven, with 9 cask ales, 30 draught beers and more yet in bottles.
  • Brighton Beer Dispensary (38 Dean St). Almost round the corner from Craft — second left along Upper North Street — this is the brewery tap for Brighton Bier, and also London's Late Knights. Expect craft beers on tap and in bottle as well.
  • Temple Bar (121 Western Road). Large pub in a shopping area, serving Sussex ales, world beers and Indian food.
  • The Bee's Mouth (10 Western Road, Hove). This self-described "jazz dive" serves a selection of potent and pricey world beers in faux-oriental ambience resembling one of Amsterdam's more smokily atmospheric venues.
  • The Farm Tavern (Farm Rd. Hove). Cosy, friendly pub with a small but well chosen selection of ales, in a side street off Western Road.
  • Lion and Lobster. (24 Sillwood St.) Large pub with cluttered, Victorian junk shop interior. There are screens for watching sport, but it is also possible to get away from it.

St James's and Kemptown[edit]

  • Need tea and scones in a very British, patriotic setting? Try The tea cosy [57], 3 George St. Lots of retro things inside here and a large tea menu. The website gives you an idea of what to expect. At weekends it is well worth booking ahead.
  • The Ranelagh, 2-3 High Street. Blues pub with regular gigs, real ale and a musical decor to match.
  • The St. James's Tavern, 16 Madeira Place. Laid back pub offering over 70 rums, decent real ales, Thai food and an atmosphere all its own.
  • The Royal Oak. A serious ale bar run by the Basketmakers team.
  • The Black Dove, 74 St. James' Street. Eclectic and interesting surroundings, very impressive beer and cider list, live music and performance arts in an intimate space. Worth a visit!
  • The Hand in Hand. (33 Upper St. James's St.) Everything is quirky about this little pub from the eccentric regulars to the collection of Edwardian erotica on the ceiling. Live music on Sundays if you can squeeze in.
  • The Barley Mow. (92 St George's St.) Perhaps the best of a good selection of pubs in Kemptown village, with Sussex ales and fresh cooked food


The Hanover area of Brighton (north-east of the centre, walk north from St. James, or cross the Level from the bottom of Trafalgar St.) has numerous excellent pubs in close proximity (hence its nickname: "Hangover") to each other and is well worth the 15 minute walk from the city centre. The stand-out is the Greys at the bottom (mercifully) of Southover street. Brighton's best known pub crawl takes place in this area — up Southover St and down Islingword Rd (or vice-versa) — but do note that the hill is very steep! At the top is the ornate 'lizard castle', a great Victorian glass house that contains over 200 species of reptile. The atmosphere is more relaxed than the centre and the historic Victorian terraced streets with their brightly coloured houses are are also notable. In Southover Street and you will find the Geese, Greys, Dover Castle, Sir Charles Napier and the Southover, all of which are worth a visit. Islingword Road runs parallel to Southover Street and there you will find the Constant Service, Horse & Groom, London Unity and Cornerstone. There is also a small but good beer festival once a year in Hanover.

Northern Brighton[edit]

Well off the tourist trail, Brighton's relatively gritty northern sprawl is home to a number of boozers, some rough, others diamonds.

  • Mitre (Bond Street) Traditional Harvey's pub, just off the London Road shopping area, with quietly dotty regulars.
  • Hare and Hounds (75 London Road). Large pub just off Preston Circus, owned by the Greenwich Meantime brewery, with local ales and Mexican food.
  • Good Companions (135 Dyke Road). Well appointed 1930's Roadhouse, just off Seven Dials.
  • Station (1, Hampstead Road) Friendly ale and food pub right by Preston Park Station.
  • Preston Park Tavern (Havelock Road,near Preston Park Station). Gastropub with a good line in ales.
  • Open House (146 Springfield Road, near London Road Station). A local with an artistic theme.
  • The Signalman (76 Ditchling Road). There is a good selection of ales at this local on the other side of London Road station.


Hove's pubs are rather scattered, and rather sedate compared to Brighton.

  • Watchmaker's Arms (84 Goldstone Villas). Very near to Hove station, the area's first micropub offers a small, fast-changing selection of real ales in quiet surroundings.
  • Sussex Cricketer (Eaton Road) is a large pub near the cricket ground, with plush seating, a good menu and selection of ales.
  • The Neptune (10 Kingsway, opp.Osborne Villas). On the coast road, this traditional pub is noted for its music and beer.
  • The Foragers is a gastrobub emphasising local and organic ingredients.
  • The Urchin (15-17 Belfast Street). Craft beers — possibly the best selection in Hove —.and seafood. A food-led operation, but propping up the bar is quite possible. Located between Portland Road and Tesco's.
  • Poet's Corner. (Montgomery St)[58] Hove's best Harvey's pub. Regular live music is offered, and the pub is home to a Folk club.
  • George Payne (18 Payne Avenue). Also in the residential Poet's Corner area, this laid-back local is noted for its ambience.
  • The Ancient Mariner, 59 Rutland Road. Near Aldrington rail station, this backstreet pub scores on ambiance, beer and food.
  • Paris House(21 Western Road) Small bar, with French food and wine, French and Belgian beers, and regular live music.


  • The Dome and Corn Exchange are large, neighbouring venues, both architecturally distinguished, being parts of the Royal Pavilion complex. Well known acts are interspersed with more avant garde choices.
  • The Brighton Centre, on the seafront, is the largest live performance venue in town, although far from the best loved as a building. The programme is mainstream.
  • Tru. Large West Street club, popular with stag and hen parties, distinctly less with the so-hip-it-hurts crowd.
  • Digital [59] is a the new name for the Zap club, a large seafront nightclub purveying cutting-edge sounds. Mostly DJ-based, but such acts as Frankmusic have appeared. The Honey Club [60] and Brighton Coalition and Buddha Lounge are nearby.
  • Carnivalesque, currently at the Coalition, King's Road Arches blends clubbing and cabaret.
  • Komedia [61] in the heart of the North Laine area is a multi-room venue with a wide variety of comedy and music.
  • Audio / Above Audio [62], 10 Marine Parade. Audio is medium capacity nightclub catering for fairly specialist musical tastes through a particularly large sound system. Above Audio is an award winning (National Theme Bar and Restaurant Awards) late night bar serving great cocktails and (when offered) good food. Wi-Fi available.
  • Concorde 2 [63]. A medium-sized venue with a busy schedule of live music, located a stone's throw from the pier.
  • Casablanca. [64] (3 Middle St) Scruffy, studenty club offering Jazz, Funk Latin and Disco from DJ's and live acts.
  • Deviant [65] at Belushi's, Pool Valley is currently Brighton's leading rock and metal club nite, after the demise of the both the Hungry Years and the Engine Room.
  • Volks [66] (Madeira Drive) Small nightclub offering "underground" music — appropriately, it is built into a seafront archway.
  • Jazz Place (10 Ship Street) Small, basement club specialising in the funky rather than beard-stroking end of the jazz spectrum. The Loft, upstairs in the same building is a more typical club.
  • Funky Fish Club.(Madeira Hotel, 19-23 Marine Parade) A sweaty Soul and R'n'B club where the more mature need not feel uncomfortable.
  • Brighton Ballroom [67] (George St. Brighton) This Kemptown club is housed in the architectural splendour of the Sassoon Mausoleum, and offers a bill of retro (as far as the 1920s!) music and cabaret. Clubbing for grown-ups.
  • Green Door Store. [68] club and live music venue in the arches beneath the station.
  • Latest Music Bar[69]. A medium sized live venue with a varied, generally trendy, bill of fare, just off the seafront.
  • The Verdict. (Edward Street). A special purpose Jazz venue and supper club, north of St James's Street.
  • Jive Monkey. (Steine Street). Small upstairs venue off St James's Street, offering Cabaret and Jazz.
  • Sticky Mike's Frog Bar. [70] Arty venue in Middle Street.
  • The Brunswick[71] in Holland Rd., Hove is a large pub venue hosting several performances a week of comedy, jazz, funk, soul and cabaret. Ticket prices are generally not much more than £5.
  • The Prince Albert 48 Trafalgar Street. One of Brighton's oldest pubs, and an Indie venue (music upstairs) instantly recognisable from its outside mural of the late John Peel, and invaluable early Banksy graffito.
  • The Ranelagh [72], St.James St/High St. This small pub is an intimate Blues music venue at night, with garden for watching the world pass by. Wi-Fi available.
  • The Greys (Southover Street) is a tiny pub venue which only hosts live music occasionally, but is nonetheless worth keeping an eye on because the (mostly acoustic) acts are so well chosen. Advance booking highly advisable. Also respected for its food and drink.
  • The Hope (Queen's Road), the Fiddler's Elbow (Boyce St.), The Cobbler's Thumb (New England Rd.) and The Neptune (Victoria Terrace, Kingsway, Hove) are other music pubs.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • St Christopher's Brighton Hostel [73], 10-12 Grand Junction Rd, tel: +44 1273 202035 (but bookings are taken via the central office, tel: +44 20 7407 1856). Directly next to the National Express coach station, on the seafront and with direct view of Brighton Pier; bed in a – albeit fairly cramped – mixed dorm from £16 a night, continental breakfast included; hotel rooms are also available; clean, no curfew, friendly staff. Note the hostel rooms are directly above a pub so if you are planning on getting some sleep this may not be the best choice for you!
  • Grapevine Seafront, 75 Middle St, +44 1273 777717.
  • Grapevine North Laine [74], 30 North Rd, +44 1273 703985. Located in North Laine with a great cafe, this place is a fantastic place to stay and eat. Mixed dorm Rooms start at around £12 per person per night depending on season and you are right in the action with great pubs, bars, restaurants and shops surrounding you.
  • Strawberry Fields B&B [75], 6-7 New Steine, +44 1273 681576. Great value, comfortable and clean B&B just off the seafront and close to Brighton centre. Singles from £44 and Doubles from £54 per night. Many of the rooms have been recently renovated.
  • Abbey Hotel [76], 14-19 Norfolk Ter, tel: +44 1273 778771. A good, clean budget hotel, with rooms starting at £29.50 per person and £53 for a double/twin.
  • Baggies Backpackers 33 Oriental Pl, tel: +44 1273 733740. A gorgeous and clean backpackers with a warm and friendly vibe. It's just off the beach two blocks west from the Old Pier.
  • Gullivers B&B [77], 12a New Steine, tel: +44 1273 695415. Right in the city centre, approximately 250 m from Brighton Pier. Double Rooms from £46.25pppn.
  • Hamptons Brighton B&B, 3 New Steine,, +44 1273 675 436, [8]. Good value clean and comfy B&B only a few minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Brighton centre & Pier. Singles from £30 and Doubles from £40 per night..  edit

Mid range[edit]

  • Granville Hotel [78], 124 Kings Rd, tel: +44 1273 326302. It's right on the seafront, with no other buildings between it and the beach, and so half of its 24 rooms have a great view of the sea. Each room is decorated in a different style - Japanese, Art Deco, Wedgwood and lace, etc. Some of the rooms have built-in Jacuzzis in the en-suite baths. Well-executed breakfasts, including a vegetarian (and optionally vegan) version of a full English breakfast. Seaview rooms start from £108 (price for two people including breakfast); other rooms are £88. All rooms are non-smoking.
  • New Steine Hotel [79], 10-11 New Steine, t: +44 1273 695415 / 681546. New Steine Hotel is right in the heart of Brighton city centre, a few hundred metres from the Pier. The restaurant, the New Steine Bistro has been awarded the AA Breakfast and Dinner Award for outstanding quality and service. Double rooms from £95 per night.
  • Ramada Jarvis Brighton [80], 149 Kings Rd, t: +44 844 815 9061. This grand Victorian beachfront hotel was built back in 1864 and has all the period features. Located next to Brighton Pier. Internet access in all rooms. Double rooms from £100 per night.
  • LimeHouse Hotel [81], 19 New Steine, t: +44 1273 818700. Cool and fresh Boutique Hotel located on one of Brighton’s Regency seafront squares on the New Steine. 8 spacious en-suite rooms, many of which have sea views. 1 minute to the seafront and 10 minutes to Brighton centre. Doubles from £79 per night.
  • Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel, 149 Kings Road, BN1 2PP, BRIGHTON, Tel. (+44)844/8159061, [9]. This Brighton Hotel is a sea facing grade 2 listed building, just a short walk from the Lanes. 117 rooms with free Wi-Fi access and satellite television. Features include Arts Bar and Arts Brasserie restaurant.  edit
  • Brighton Holiday Homes, 6 Chesham Street Brighton, BN2 1NA, BRIGHTON, Tel. (+44)1273/624459, [10]. Brighton Holiday Homes provide self catering holiday apartments and house in Brighton. A cheaper alternative to boutique hotels with all the style. With self catering accommodation to sleep 1-30 people.  edit


  • Park Inn [82], Lansdowne Pl, +44 1273 736266. Seafront boutique hotel close to all that Brighton has to offer.
  • De Vere The Grand Hotel, Kings Rd, +44 1273 224300. The only 5 star hotel in Brighton. On the seafront, 200 rooms from £120 a night. Offers afternoon tea.
  • Lansdowne Hotel [83], Lansdowne Pl, tel: +44 1273 736266. Boutique hotel with spa and wedding facilities £90 single, £130 double.
  • Hotel Du Vin & Bistro [84], tel: +44 1273 718588. Close to the Sea front and the pier with a beautiful courtyard entry. Rooms start at around £175.
  • Royal York Hotel [85], Old Steine, tel: +44 1273 766700. Boutique Hotel with karaoke, cocktail bar and restaurant rooms start at £150.
  • The Claremont [86], Second Ave, Hove, tel: +44 1273 735161. 5 star hotel 50 yards from the seafront in Hove. Single £75, double from £125.
  • Queen's Hotel [87], 1 Kings Rd, tel: +44 1273 321222. Contemporary, fresh and centrally located 3* Seafront hotel.
  • The Thistle [88], Kings Rd, tel: +44 871 376 9041. Has swimming pool, sauna, and spa, as well as an AA awarded restaurant and hotel bar. From £99.
  • Hotel Una [89], tel: +44 1273 820464. In Regency Square just adjacent to the West pier, singles start at £55 and up to £375 for their top room.
  • Kemp Townhouse [90], tel: +44 1273 681400. Stylish and very comfortable boutique hotel in the heart of Brighton, with a Visit Britain five star rating. Singles start at £70, and doubles at £90.
  • Oriental Brighton Bed and Breakfast (B&B and Guesthouse), The Oriental, 9 Oriental Pl, +44 1273 205050, [11]. Beautiful bed and breakfast in the heart of Brighton.  edit
  • Hilton Metropole, Kings Rd (on the seafront to the west of the pier), +44 1273 775432, [12]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Hotel with a distinguished history, much of which is still visible in the reception and dining areas. Positives are large rooms and family-friendly policy that gives 50% discount on second room for kids. Offsetting this is the generally poor maintenance and disappointing service levels. £100+.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Although Brighton is generally a safe place, like every other big city it has its share of problems. Visitors should be advised that the city centre can get quite rowdy at weekends, and West Street is best avoided after midnight. The sheer volume of people on weekends combined with alcohol consumption make Friday and Saturday nights on this street potentially volatile. However, it is still perfectly possible to have a civilised Friday or Saturday night at one of the venues favoured by locals and sensible tourists. Brighton attracts quite a large number of homeless people, although most of these individuals are harmless. They will likely only ask you for money and, if you refuse, will simply go on to the next person.

Junkies often gather around London Road and the Level, although these places are perfectly safe before dark. Some areas on the outskirts, such as Whitehawk and Moulsecoomb have a bad reputation, but most tourists would have little reason to visit them anyway. Some locals have reported an increase in gang activity around the Hanover area, with the notorious 'Adult Babies' marking their turf with graffiti tags. They will usually not bother tourists, but it's best to avoid them if you see a group of them on the street. They are easily identified due to their outsize nappies and babies bottles, usually filled with Buckfast or a similar drink.

Due to an intense rivalry between the main football team Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace, wearing a Crystal Palace football shirt could attract unwanted attention in the city. Even though the two clubs are 50 miles apart, emotions run high when it comes to the rivalry and it is advisable not to wear anything with red and blue stripes (Crystal Palace's colours).



There are plenty of internet cafes around, prices are usually about £1/hour.


Free Wi-Fi is reasonably common in Brighton. Loose connection provides free Wi-Fi in a number of pubs around Brighton [91]. Pier to pier is a collective that provides free Wi-Fi along the beachfront [92]. The City of Brighton provides a list of free hotspots on their website [93].

The Lanes
The Bath Arms, a pub in the heart of the Lanes. Provider is Loose Connection. No password required.
The Fiddler's Elbow, a pub near the Lanes, and off West Street. Password from the bar.
The Victory Inn, BN1 1AH. No password required.
The Hop Poles, 13 Middle Street, BN1 1AL. Network name: 2WIRE184. Password from the bar.
In Kemptown
The Ranelagh, a pub half-way up St. James's Street. Password from the bar.
The Sidewinder, a pub in St. James' Street.
Bom-Bane's, a small café/restaurant/venue/bar (difficult to classify, actually) in George Street in Brighton (not the George Street in Hove!). Password from Jane.
The Queen's Arms, a gay pub in George Street in Brighton (not the George Street in Hove!).
Spinelli's, a café in College Road (off St. George's Road), with a second branch on St James's Street
Brighton Station
The Waiting Room Cafe, the cafe inside the Passenger Lounge in Brighton Station. Password from the counter.
Near Brighton Station
The Grand Central, a pub immediately outside Brighton railway station. Provider is Loose Connection. No password required.
The Earth & Stars. A pub in Church Street down from Queens Road (which is the main road from Brighton Station to the seafront). Provider is Loose Connection. No password required.
The Three Jolly Butchers (a.k.a. 3jb). Pub in North Road (down from Queens Road). Provider is Loose Connection. No password required.
Moksha, a café in York Place (opposite St. Peter's Church)
Hope, [94] a venue between the Clock Tower and Brighton station. No password required.
Taylor Street Baristas on Queen's Road (the road that leads from the station to the sea) at the corner of North Road.
The Dover Castle on Southover Street (corner Islingword Street), a pub (from 11) which also serves coffee, pastries and food from 9AM.
London Road
The Hare & Hounds. Pub at Preston Circus. BN1 4JF. Provider is Loose Connection. No password required.
Western Road
The Norfolk Arms, a pub on the south side of Western Road close to the Brighton/Hove border. No password required.
The Robin Hood, a pub south of Western Road. Password from the bar.
North Laine
The Brighton Tavern, a gay pub in Gloucester Road. No password required.
The Fountainhead, a Zelgrain pub in North Road. Provider is Loose Connection. No password required.
The Eagle, a pub in North Road. Password from the bar.
Riki Tik, a café/bar at 18a Bond Street,BN1 1RD. No password required.
The Mash Tun at the corner of Church Street and New Road. Says it has free Wi-Fi but connecting is difficult.
The Red Lion, near to the King Alfred Leisure Centre and the seaside. Password from the bar.
Both universities have implemented an eduroam [95] system, allowing visitors from participating institutions a seamless (in theory) internet connection.

Get out[edit]

  • Dieppe, France is around 5 hours away from by Ferry from Newhaven Harbour, services are 3 daily and cost from £15 return for foot passengers. The service is operated by Transmanche Ferries [96]
  • Rottingdean. Just east of Brighton, with memories of Kipling, Burne-Jones and several other artists.
  • London is just an hour away via train or 2 hours via coach.
  • The gorgeous medieval town Lewes has a castle and is just 20 minutes away by train.
  • Worthing There is no reason you wouldn't want to visit this lovely town. Short journey via train from Brighton Station.
  • Glyndebourne Opera House, [97]. Eleven miles from Brighton, one of the most famous opera houses in the world, set in beautiful grounds where opera goers eat gourmet picnics at interval which can be brought in or ordered from their own catering service.
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