Originally a fishing village, Brighton developed as a town in the 1730s when it was popular to bathe in seawater for its reported health-giving properties. Georgian terraces were built in the 1780s and after the arrival of the railway in 1841 many of the town's attractions were built during the Victorian period such as the Grand Hotel and the Palace Pier.
Brighton is a trendy seaside resort on England's south coast in the county of East Sussex. It forms part of the City of Brighton and Hove and is a vibrant and popular place to both visit and live. The city is packed full of bars, restaurants, galleries and independent shops. Music, comedy and theatre play a big part in what has made Brighton such a go-to place.
The Lanes is a popular shopping district near the seafront which follows the original layout of the fishing village. These quaint little alleys are full of antique shops, boutiques, jewellers, cafes and restaurants. To the north of The Lanes, as the name suggests, is North Laine a retail, leisure and the residential area. Churchill Square shopping centre provides over 80 shops as well as pubs & restaurants. Flea markets and bootfairs are held periodically, so look out for a bargain!
Food & Drink
Can't find what you're looking for in The Lanes then there are plenty of other cafes, restaurants and independent coffee houses available, not to mention a good pub or two. There are over 250 restaurants in the city typified by small dining establishments serving all manner of cuisine. Visitors can enjoy fish and chips at the end of the pier or enjoy a fine dining experience or a curry. There's so much to choose from.
Brighton's reputation was bolstered by the patronage of the Prince Regent (later to become King George IV). In 1783 he built the fascinating Royal Pavilion, a splendid Indo-Saracenic styled palace which is completely over the top and rather fabulous. It was then the Georgian terraces came into being, many of which had bows to allow views of the sea.