Destinations

Brighton (Part 2)

Brighton
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Thanks for coming back. I hope you enjoyed the first part about Brighton.

Things to do:

Brighton hosts many festivals and highlight of Brighton’s social calendar is the three-week Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe in May that brings the arts together. Music, art, literary discussions and film premieres take place at venues all over Brighton. Other festivals include Brighton’s Science Festival (February) and Brighton’s Winter Pride and main Brighton Pride (late July-early August), said to be the best Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Festival in the UK.

Go to venues like the Theatre Royal, Pavilion Theatre, Corn Exchange Theatre and Dome Concert Hall Theatre for a range of performing arts. Komedia is particularly popular for comedy, music, cabaret, theatre and children’s shows.

In June every year, thousands of people take to the road on bicycles for the London to Brighton Bike Ride which benefits the British Heart Foundation. If this sounds too energetic, the Burning of the Clocks winter solstice (21 December) celebration is a procession of lanterns from the city centre to the seafront culminating in a bonfire of lanterns and fireworks.

Getting around:

Brighton is very easy to get to from London, taking less than an hour by train and a similar time by road from the M25.

Shopping:

North Laine is famous for its quirky shops selling all sorts of weird and wonderful vintage things. The Lanes with its little shops (mainly jewellery shops) has many music shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There’s a flea market at Kensington Gardens and for the really funky, check out the Beaded Lily Big Bead Boutique for handmade glass beads and designer jewellery.

Where to stay:

Brighton has something to suit every pocket, from cheap backpacker hostels to the five star De Vere Hotel. Baggies Backpackers gets rave reviews if you’re looking for something that’s cheap and basic, where you can cook for yourself and be close to all the action.

If you’re looking for something a bit more comfortable, then you can’t go far wrong with the Granville Hotel. Brighton’s original boutique hotel, it has individually themed rooms with half of them having a sea view.

If you really want to treat yourself however, you can’t do better than the five star De Vere Grand Hotel, an iconic Victorian building that sits right on the seafront. As much an institution, to quote the Grand, it’s a lesson in extravagance.