"Brighton Rocks !" Top 5 Page for this destination Brighton by amapola66

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Brighton Rocks !

I love Brighton. This is where I live with the 'Little Rock Chic' (fast becoming bigger!) in our little blue house on the hill - and, in my (not so?) humble opinion, it's the best place to live in the UK if you are a parent as it offers city life, hills and countryside and of course, the sea! Trains to London are direct and it is half an hour to Gatwick aiport and 20 mins by car to the ferry at Newhaven..

I run my own piano school for children teaching many of the talented small people of our city and also play and record with Hush Collector .

When you are in Brighton, there is alot to do - Stroll along the sea front, grab something tasty from a delli or some cockles and shrimp from a stall and pull up a deck chair (weather permitting!). Go gift shopping for something weird and wonderful to take home in the North Lanes. Have a picnic on the downs, or visit a local exhibition. You can treat yourself to a cocktail before a night out at one of our many venues and generally enjoy yourself (Yes, it's true!)

Most things are walkable and cabs are reliable (and all registered), you can be safely back home in around 5 mins after a night out.

We also have many festivals & gigs in the park, including the rapidly growing Brighton Festival in the spring, the hugely fun Gay Pride and various other music festivals throughout the year.

I have tried to include tips on places that I hang out in myself, rather than just the standard tourist stuff, although I have covered some of those aspects too. Hopefully you will find something that grabs your attention that you may not have discovered on other pages.

Summary - Relaxed and friendly with a slightly more Euopean type culture and something for everyone, Brighton Rocks!

Hanging Out In The Lanes

There are two lots of lanes :

The (historic) Lanes are close to the seafront and have alot of antiques, designer jewelry, some designer clothing stores (all rather expensive, but some nice things to be found).

However, the North Lanes (traditinally North Laine) which house more than 300 independent shops, are much more funky. Most things 'alternative' can be found here - including 'vegetarian shoes', organic food stores, unusual clothes, cd & record shops, retro gear etc There are lots of cafes and bars for every taste bud, including The George vegetarian pub where small people are welcome and Infinity Cafe (see my shopping tips). We are praying the large corporate stores don't move in and spoil the eclectic atmosphere of the North Lanes.

(N.B. I found this Brighton rocks pic on a Brighton blog, I am sorry, I can't remember the url, please let me know if it is yours, it is a fab pic!)

The Seafront

There is all the typical tacky side stuff and lots to do on Brighton seafront. Between the two piers, All you need to do is stroll and you will be amused by something or other going on and is especially good for smaller people.

Further along towards Hove, there is a childrens paddling pool and a volleyball pitch etc. Kids and adults can do some very high bungy style jumping near the pier too (not for me though, thanks)!

Weekends and holidays see an assortment of little stalls selling craft items and such the like, plus there are the usual British slot machine hang-outs, cafes, restaurants, bars & nightclubs galore (including the well known Honey and Zap Club), not forgetting some museums and art galleries!

I find an early morning winter stroll is always good for blowing away any unwanted cobwebs ; )

Check out my tips for Brighton and if you are visitng, please feel free to email me if you need any further info.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good city by the sea town, plenty to do if weather is bad!
  • Cons:None really, Just the uk weather! (It is also quite expensive)
  • In a nutshell:Laid back city by the sea and where I live.
  • Last visit to Brighton: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 4, 2008
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  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    Ah how i do miss a late night visit to the Duke of yorks cinema. Many's the time in my youth that I've watched the first half of a double bill and woken up in the second. Splendid tips!

  • barbskie's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Oh Brighton! Hope to visit this place later....sometimes i'm not too pushy and impatient , so, it must be good for me then :) thanks for visiting my Zurich page. The tram symbolizes the coming Euro Football '08. greetings from barbs

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Finally we are coming to Brighton! Next month, for our wedding anniversary... lets hope Blanch House has availability! Thanks for the tip :)

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2007 at 5:55 AM

    I loved your Brighton pages, thanks for the great tips, I'm doing a daytrip with my dutch friend in July so am pretty excited by a whole new range of restaurants / shops etc

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2007 at 2:04 AM

    You seem to be a very busy little bee. ;-)

  • Propermark's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Hi! I will be staying in Brighton for 1 month I'd need some suggestions about non-hotel accommodation. Could u provide me some info? or good internet links? Thanks in advance. p.s. If I rent a room, which zone of Brighton would be better for a 26 y/o boy?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2006 at 4:22 AM

    Great restaurant tips.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2006 at 10:52 PM

    Absolutely fabulous pages and tips Amapala!! Really enjoyed reading them :o) Made a note a couple of your restaurant tips for when we visit June next year and will definately have to pay Bona Foodie a visit! Thanx!! Cheers, Ann :o)

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2005 at 3:38 PM

    superb inside stuff, i guess my drink would have to be the whiskey sour

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2005 at 4:17 AM

    I'm on my way. Thanks for the Devil's Dyke tip, I'll have to investigate further.

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