Brighton

Located on the southern coast of England, almost directly south from London, Brighton has also been called London By The Sea. Brighton is easy to get to being served by the M25/M23 motorways from the North and the M27 from East to West. There are also fast and regular trains to London and Gatwick international airport is 40 minutes away up the M23. Made popular by the Victorians in the 1800s due to their fixation with dips in the serpentine, it has grown from its humble fishing village origins into a vibrant, multi-cultural hub that seems to have that knack of converting many of its temporary visitors into fully fledge inhabitants. It’s two universities and several English language colleges ensure that foreign languages are commonly overheard when out and about, especially during the summer months.

The universities also provide a steady supply of new youthful inhabitants for the city which influences many of the services available. Brighton has many places to visit for the tourist. Apart from the beautifully preserved royal palace built by George IV, The Royal Pavilion (& Brighton Museum, Corn Exchange, Dome and Pavilion Theatre located at the same site), right in the centre of the City there are The Laines (for the tourists) and The North Laines (for the young trendy locals).

Music is a vital part of the cultural scene in Brighton which has many nightclubs catering for all tastes when it comes to dancing. However, the live music scene is also alive and well with several bands originating from the Brighton area having gone on to have commercial success in recent years. Venues to check out first of all are The Concorde II on the seafront east of the Palace Pier (apparently now known as the Brighton Pier) and The Freebutt which is close to St Peter’s Church (the cathedral-like building in the centre of Brighton which is just east of Brighton Station). Brighton now has its own college dedicated to music in the Brighton Music College, so expect to see a growing list of bands making it from the Brighton area. Apart from music, the broader arts scene is very strong with several well established theatres in Brighton and many more experimental and avant garde productions staged at further venues. The internationally renowned Brighton Festival (and related Brighton Festival Fringe) held in May every year, provides a focus for the entire arts community in Brighton. In addition to the many artists and sculptures that inhabit Brighton (Julie-Anne Gilburt’s studio on the beach front east of the Brighton Pier is well worth a visit), video and film production also thrives. The Brighton Film School has established itself as an independent and respected provider of courses for budding film makers, as well as providing services to visiting film crews using Brighton as their back drop.

Over the past 10 years the beach promenade has been transformed into a bright and bustling pedestrian friendly space with lots of arty boutiques, trendy cafs and eateries, as well as an array of bars and nightspots providing dancing and music well into the night.

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