Once nicely described as “a place for grown-ups who haven’t quite grown up at all”, Brighton has been nicknamed ‘London by the sea’ – as Londoners especially flock to this quirky and vibrant city; looking for that same buzzy metropolitan lifestyle with cheaper property prices – and of course the sea thrown into the mix. Here’s everything you need to know about this uniquely creative city…
What’s Brighton like?
Just a stone’s throw away from London, Brighton is the largest town on the South Coast. It’s a vibrant and colourful resort, jam-packed with diverse neighbourhoods, independent shops, a firm dedication to the arts – and a proud LBGTQ & party scene that is known the world over (most notably for the colourful Pride celebration weekend which takes place each year).
Brighton is essentially everything that a seaside town should be. There’s the pier (2 actually), rock shops, buckets and spades, fish and chips, deckchairs – and of course the Royal Pavilion. The shopping possibilitiesare pretty much endless – and residents are not too far away from the stunning beauty of the South Downs.
Well-known for being environmentally focused; its constituency remains the only one in the UK held by the Green Party – and it’s a fantastic place for vegans and vegetarians.
There are independent shops in abundance, restaurants, cafes, live music, comedy, theatre and the British Airways i360. Yet within all of that; Brighton somehow feels small and friendly, with a strong sense of community and plenty of unique charm.
It would be impossible to talk about Brighton without mentioning The Lanes. Famed for the quirky streets brimming with vintage, antiques and second-hand shops, this unruly collection of cottages and narrow streets is a mecca for shopping, partying and simply browsing. Swathes of visitors and residents alike gather here especially, during summer months.
Property in Brighton
Although you will find period properties of all sizes, Victorian terraced houses, modern flats and detached homes; the best-known style of property for sale in Brighton hails from the Regency era, with terraces around squares lining the areas around the seafront. Converted flats in these properties are always snapped up quickly, thanks to their views and close proximity to the beach.
How much does it cost?
Get the latest Brighton property market details here.
Shopping in Brighton
For shopping, there’s the main shopping centre in Churchill Square – or for independent shops, galleries and boutiques, there’s a stretch of them along the North Laine. Find pieces from local artists or pick up a vintage treasure in one of the second-hand antique shops. You can also visit The Open Market and Brighton Flea Market for one-of-a-kind finds.
Restaurants in Brighton
Fine-dining establishments battle for business here, – and you will also discover an abundance of less expensive and more relaxed places to eat. With so many great things to do here, you’re going to have plenty of excuses to stop for a bite.
Here are some of the best eateries!
Open Space in Brighton
There’s the seafront of course — but Brighton is also home to many lovely local parks. Not to mention playgrounds aplenty (and the countryside on your doorstep). Check out Brighton’s open spaces here.
Is Brighton good for families?
Whether you are enjoying a sunny afternoon on Brighton’s magnificent seafront, picnicking in Preston park or having an ice-cream on the pier; Brighton is a lovely place for families. As well as providing a good choice of both private and state schools; there are plenty of attractions for children – including an aquarium.
BN1 is the central Brighton postcode, although it stretches northward as far as Falmer, Patcham and Withdean.
Travel in Brighton
Trains to Victoria and London Bridge take about an hour – and the Thameslink to St Pancras service is a scheduled 90 minutes.
There are excellent rail, bus and coach connections to and from all over the country. Find out about train, bus and coach services from outside the city.
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