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City of Brighton and Hove
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Geography
Status: Unitary authority, City (2000)
Region: South East England
Historic County: Sussex
admin. county: East Sussex
Area:
- Total
Ranked 234th
33.80 sq mi (87.54 km²)
Admin. HQ: Hove
ONS code: 00ML
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2008 est.)
- Density
Ranked 44th
256,600
7,880 /sq mi (3,040 /km2)
Ethnicity: 83.9% White British
1.4% White Irish
5.5% White Other
3.2% S.Asian
2.3% Mixed Race
1.7% Black
2.0% Chinese and other [1]
Politics

Brighton and Hove City Council
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Control: NOC (Conservative administration)
MPs: Celia Barlow (L)
David Lepper (L)/(Co-op)
Desmond Turner (L)

Brighton and Hove (or Brighton & Hove) is a unitary authority area and city on the south coast of England. It is England's most populous seaside resort.

The city was established when two towns Brighton and Hove joined together to become a city.

Brighton and Hove forms part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation, the 12th largest conurbation in the United Kingdom. Along this area of the south coast, there is little or no gap of countryside between these large towns and city. Directly to the west is Shoreham-by-Sea, and a short distance to the east are Peacehaven and Newhaven. The city, district and urban areas of Brighton and Hove have the biggest populations in the South East England region.

Brighton and Hove themselves were results of amalgamations:

The football team, Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., predates the unification of the two boroughs by ninety six years.

On 15 October 2004, Brighton and Hove was granted Fairtrade City status.

Contents

Council and directorates

The leader of the council is currently a Conservative Mary "half a pound of tatas" Mears, although the Conservatives only hold a minority of seats. The current mayor of Brighton and Hove is Councillor Ann Norman. John Barradell, OBE, started as Chief Executive on 1 October 2009. There are six directorates in the council structure see here for details.

The Council has twenty five Conservative, thirteen Labour, thirteen Green and two Liberal Democrat Councillors. There is one Independent councillor.

The two Liberal Democrats Councillors are Paul Elgood and David Watkins from Brunswick & Adelaide ward.

Palace Pier, Brighton at sunset
Hove promenade facing towards Brighton
Flats in Ashton Rise, between the Hanover area and the seafront
Petanque players at the Peace statue terrain the seafront (West pier in the distance)

Council priorities

Introduced in June 2008, the council's corporate priorities are:

  • protect the environment whilst growing the economy
  • better use of public money
  • reduce inequality by increasing opportunities
  • fair enforcement of the law
  • open and effective city leadership

Towns and districts

The city of Brighton and Hove comprises the following areas (not necessarily directly corresponding to administrative wards or parishes):

  • former borough of Brighton
Bevendean
Black Rock
Brighton
Coldean
Hanover
Hollingbury
Hollingdean
Kemptown — built up around a self-contained development of 1823, Kemp Town
The Lanes
Brighton Marina
Moulsecoomb
New England Quarter — a large new mixed-use development
North Laine
Ovingdean
Patcham
Preston Park
Preston Village
Rottingdean Village
Queen's Park
Saltdean (West)
Stanmer
Westdene
Whitehawk
Withdean
Woodingdean
Saltdean
  • former borough of Hove
Aldrington
Brunswick — developed 1824 in a similar manner to Kemp Town (see above)
Hangleton
Hove
Knoll (see also neighbouring Hangleton, above)
Mile Oak
Portslade by Sea
Portslade Village
Tongdean
St. Ann's Well
West Blatchington

Census

The first census of Brighton was in 1801.

The resident population of Brighton and Hove at the 2001 census was 247,817 persons, comprising 114,479 households: 48.4% male, 51.5% female.

In the same census, Brighton and Hove had the highest percentage of citizens indicating their religion as Jedi among all principal areas of England and Wales).[2]

Wording of the Letters Patent

The Letters Patent of 2000 that confers City status is worded thus:

ELIZABETH the SECOND BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND & OF OUR REALMS & TERRITORIES QUEEN HEAD OF THE COMMON WEALTH DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.
To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Whereas We for divers good causes and considerations Us thereunto moving are graciously pleased to confer on the Towns of Brighton and Hove the status of a city Now Therefore Know Ye that We of Our especial grace and favour and mere motion do by these Presents ordain declare and direct that the TOWNS OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE shall henceforth have the status of a CITY and shall have all such rank liberties privileges and immunities as are incident to a City. In witness whereof We have caused Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Ourself at Westminster the thirty first day of January in the forty ninth year of our reign.

By Warrant under The Queens Sign Manual Phillips.

Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Brighton and Hove at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[3] Agriculture[4] Industry[5] Services[6]
1995 2,656 3 407 2,246
2000 3,101 3 378 2,721
2003 3,952 4 476 3,472

See also

See the Brighton and Hove articles for descriptions of the twin towns, and the Brighton and Hove category for further articles about places and things in the district.

References

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  2. ^ http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/profiles/rank/jedi.asp statistics.gov.uk
  3. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  4. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  5. ^ includes energy and construction
  6. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

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Coordinates: 50°49′40″N 0°09′10″W / 50.82778°N 0.15278°W / 50.82778; -0.15278

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Brighton (England) article)

From Wikitravel

View West along Brighton beach
View West along Brighton beach

Brighton [1] is a charming city (population 2001 - 247,817) and famous seaside resort in on the south coast of England, in the county of East Sussex and almost immediately due south of the capital city London (47 miles / 76 km). In 2000, the two neighbouring communities of Brighton and Hove joined together to form the unitary authority of the City of Brighton and Hove.

Understand

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 by John Nash. But it was only with the development of the railways, around 1840, that Brighton truly started to boom. (For more information on Brighton's history, consult [2]).

The city is convenient for 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 probably the gay capital of Britain. There is a significant gay district in Kemp Town which adds to the Bohemian atmosphere of the city.

It is home to two universities, the University of Sussex (situated on the edge of the city at Falmer) [3] and the University of Brighton [4].

Get in

By train

Trains to Brighton run from Victoria and London Bridge 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).

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 form the automated machines at your departure station.

  • Southern [5]
  • First Capital Connect [6]

By car

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 [7]. Finally, Parkopedia.com [8] provides a free service that allows users to search and compare parking rates and locations for commercial and private parking facilities in Brighton [9].

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 [10]. 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 [11]. 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 beach.

By bus

National Express [12] provide coach services to London (coach tends to be slow and takes 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 [13] 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 £1.80 per journey or £3.60 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 £5.00 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 [14] for details.

By plane

The city's proximity to London means Brighton is well served by airports. Brighton can be reached from Gatwick by train in as little as 25 minutes. Shoreham's airport (also known as Brighton City Airport) is located 5 miles to the west of Brighton. It is the nearest airport for light aircraft and also offers sightseeing flights. It is the oldest licensed airport in the UK.

Get around

By bike

Cycling is a growing form of transport in Brighton and the city is one of Cycling England's [15] "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 [16].

By bus

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 [17], The service isn't cheap with a flat fare of £1.80 for single journeys or £3.60 for an all day ticket (CitySaver). Children travel at half price 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.

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.

By train

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 cross-channel services) and Portsmouth in the west. Brighton has excellent rail connections to London with the capital in reach under an hour.

Note that Southern and First Capital Connect services do not carry bicycles during peak hours (7-10am and 4-7pm).

By taxi

There are vast numbers of taxis in Brighton. They are however more expensive than most other towns and cities in England. 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.)
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Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier
Burned remains of the West Pier
Burned remains of the West Pier
The Flamboyant Royal Pavilion
The Flamboyant Royal Pavilion
  • Brighton Pier [21] aka the Palace 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.
  • Brighton Beach. In the summer, the pebble beach is covered in tourists and Brightonians alike. Poi twirlers strike a beautiful image against the sunsets. 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.
  • The North Laine. A wild nest of alternativism, The North Laine area 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.
  • The Lanes -an adjacent area of small shops, the tumbled street plan reflecting the layout of the original fishing village of Brighton which was located here. The merchandise is more mainstream, although the Lanes are known for their wide selection of antique shops.
  • Sea Life Centre, [22]. An aquarium with walkthrough underwater tunnel, adjacent to Brighton Pier. This is the oldest working Aquarium left in the world.
  • The Royal Pavilion, [23], open daily October-March 10am-5.15pm (last tickets 4.30pm), April-September 9.30am-5.45pm (last tickets 5.00pm), closed from 2.30pm 24 December and all day on 25-26 December, admission £8.80 adults, £5.10 children, other concessions available, tel 01273 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.
  • Kemptown Brighton's gay village that owes 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.
  • 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.
  • Komedia Major comedy club in North Laine.
  • Brighton Marina with boats, pubs, restaurants, a supermarket and even a hotel.
  • Volks Railway [24] 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, [25]. Contemporary art gallery that specialises in new comissioned 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 in the heart 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).
  • the Brighton Festival, [26] 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
A Market during the Brighton Festival. The Theatre Royal is the red building
  • the Brighton Festival Fringe, [27]. At the same time as the main Brighton Festival, has many additional arts (and other) events. These include "open houses" (local artists exhibiting in their own homes) and tours (haunted pubs, Regency Brighton, churches, cemeteries, sewers etc.).
  • Brighton Pride, [28]. 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 week-long festival in late July-early August. In 2009, Brighton Pride Festival starts Saturday 25th July - the Parade starts Saturday 1st August, 11am at the sea front near the Palace Pier on Maderia Drive.
  • the London to Brighton Bike Ride [29], 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.
  • Tourist Tracks, [30]. Offers a set of three short walks in downloadable MP3 format, plus a map to help you find your way. Pre-loaded MP3 players are also available for hire from the Tourist Information Centre. The Brighton MP3 walking tour pack can be downloaded for just £5.
  • Shop until you drop. Calling into many of the quirky shops in the Laines 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.
  • Dreamboys, [31]. Brighton is a Mecca for hen and stag nights, with parties coming from all over the Uk to celebrate the hen or stags pending nuptials. Dreamboys are a company specialising in Hen parties in Brighton and their one-off strip show is very popular.

Buy

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 and South Laines 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. Shops tend to get less mainstream, the further north into the North Laine area you go.
  • The Lanes are famous for their independent shops, especially antique shops and jewellers. The Lanes Armoury is World famous for selling antique war memorabilia and weapons.
  • 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 older "High Street" type shopping area but is worth a visit for the Open Market.
  • Brighton Marina contains more up-market shops.

Eat

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[32] 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.

  • Bills Produce Store and Café, The Depot, 100 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YE, tel +44 (0)1273 692 894, fax +44 (0)1273 692 387, [33]. M-Sa 8am-8pm, Su 10am-4pm. - consistently highly rated and reviewed, the café at Bills specialises in organic munchies of the best type.
  • The George pub, on Trafalgar Street near the train station, serves only the finest vegetarian meals and snacks. Wifi available.
  • Englishs, 29-30-31 East Street, tel +44 01273 327 980, [34]. Known as the best seafood restaurant in the city, this place is not cheap at around £20 for a main course. Very good food though the decor is dated and clientele mostly mature.
  • Terre à Terre, 71 East Street, tel +44 01273 729 051, [35]. Wonderful vegetarian fare at a fair price, lively crowd and bright décor - voted 2nd best British restaurant in the Observer Food Monthly 2004.
  • Due South, 139 Kings Road Arches, tel 01273 821 218, [36]. Great food and location at this relative newcomer
  • Burger Off,52 Brunswick Street West, tel 01273 326655, Best Burgers you will ever taste Family run with a Five Star Health inspectorate Rating, well worth a visit
  • The Eagle, 125 Gloucester Rd., tel 01273 607765. Great vegan, vegetarian and carnivorous food
  • The Greys, 105 Southover Street, tel 01273 680734, [37]. 11th best pub in the UK in 2004. Famous for its food, and chef "Spats" (no child licence.)
  • The Open House, 146 Springfield Road, tel 01273 880102. 20th best pub in UK in 2004. Large, child-friendly pub next to London Road train station. Good food and drink.
  • Pablos, 36 Ship Street Brighton and Hove BN1 1AB, tel 01273 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.
  • China China, 74 Preston Street, tel 0871 2071847. Very good value (around six pounds per person) Chinese restaurant, with lots of seating, five minutes from the beach; you'll find several other low-cost restaurants on the same street.
  • Havana, 32 Duke Street, 01201273 773388. Located in the converted Theatre Royal opened in 1790, the enticing fascade 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).

Drink

There are many, many pubs 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.

  • The Evening Star, 55-56 Surrey Street (200m 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 King and Queen, 13-17 Marlborough Place. 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.
  • The Royal Pavilion Tavern, 7 Castle Square. 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.
  • Audio / Above Audio [38], 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. Wifi available.
  • Gin Gin, 74 St.James Street. No food, but probably the best cocktails in Brighton.
  • Regency Tavern, 32-34 Russell Square. Very welcoming pub, maybe a little on the pricey side for a normal pub, but it has some unique decor. Certainly not to be missed during the Christmas season.
  • Basketmakers Arms, 12 Gloucester Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AD, 01273 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 Hanover area of Brighton has numerous excellent pubs in close proximity to each other and is well worth the 15 minute walk from the city centre. The atmosphere is more relaxed than the centre and the historic Victorian terraced streets with their brightly coloured houses are are also notable. Climb the steep Southover Street and you will find the Geese, Greys, Dover Castle, Sir Charles Napier and Pub With No Name, 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. This is a great area for a pub crawl!

  • St Christopher's Brighton Hostel [39], 10-12 Grand Junction Road, tel: +44 (0)1273 202035 (but bookings are taken via the central office, tel: +44 (0)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.
  • Grapevine Seafront, 75 Middle Street, +44 (0) 1273 777717.
  • Grapevine North Laines [40], 30 North Road, +44 (0) 1273 703985. Located on the North Laines 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.
  • Abbey Hotel [41], 14-19 Norfolk Terrace, tel: +44 (0)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 Place, 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 [42], 12a New Steine, BN2 1PB, tel: +44 (0)1273 695415. Right in the city centre, approximately 250m from Brighton Pier. Double Rooms from £46.25pppn.
  • Granville Hotel [43], 124 Kings Road, tel: +44 (0)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 per night (price for two people including breakfast); other rooms are £88 per night. All rooms are non-smoking.
  • New Steine Hotel [44], 10-11 New Steine, BN2 1PB, t: +44 (0)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.
  • De Vere Grand [45], Kings Road, +44 (0)1273 224300. The only 5 star hotel in Brighton. On the seafront, 200 rooms from £120 a night.
  • Lansdowne Hotel [46], Lansdowne Place, tel: +44 (0)1273 736266. Boutique hotel with spa and wedding facilities £90 single, £130 double.
  • Hotel Du Vin [47], tel: +44 (0)1273 718588. Close to the Sea front and the pier with a beautiful courtyard entry. This is where the stars stay when in Brighton. Great restaurant as well. Rooms start at around £175 per night but many would say 'completely worth it for the exclusivity alone'.
  • Royal York Hotel [48], Old Steine, tel: +44 (0)1273 766700. Boutique Hotel with karaoke, cocktail bar and restaurant rooms start at £150.
  • The Claremont [49], Second Avenue, Hove, tel: +44 (0)1273 735161. 5 star hotel 50 yards from the seafront in Hove. Single £75, double from £125.
  • The Thistle [50], Kings Road, tel: +44 (0)871 376 9041. Has swimming pool, sauna, and spa, as well as an AA awarded restaurant and hotel bar. From £99.
  • Hotel Una [51], tel: +44 (0)1273820464. Hotel Una tucked away in Regency Square just adjacent to the West pier, singles start at £55.00 and stretch upto £375 for their top room. Bit of a secret at the moment, well worth discovering. Excellent website shows all the individual room styles.
  • Kemp Townhouse [52], tel: +44 (0)1273681400. 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. Not the cheapest, but excellent value for affordable luxury
  • Oriental Brighton Bed and Breakfast (B&B and Guesthouse), The Oriental, 9 Oriental Place, Brighton, BN1 2LJ, +441273 205 050, [53]. Beautiful bed and breakfast in the heart of Brighton.  edit

Stay safe

Although Brighton is generally a safe place, like every 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 & Saturday nights on this street potentially volatile. Brighton attracts quite a large number of homeless, 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. Areas such as Whitehawk and Moulsecoomb have a bad reputation, however most tourists will have little reason to visit these places.

Contact

Internet

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

Wifi

Free wifi is reasonably common in Brighton. Loose connection provides free wifi in a number of pubs around Brighton [54]. Pier to pier is a collective that provides free wifi along the beachfront [55]. The City of Brighton provides a list of free hotspots on their website [56].

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).
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)
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 wifi but connection is difficulty.
Hove
The Red Lion, near to the King Alfred Leisure Centre and the seaside. Password from the bar.
  • 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 [57]
  • 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, [58]. 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.
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

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