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Why Brighton and Hove
Brighton is without doubt Britain’s most colourful and outrageous city. With its bohemian, hedonistic vibe, it is where England’s seaside experience goes from cold to cool.
You need never get bored in this lovably eccentric city. There’s always something unexpected to enjoy – be it a sea-facing yoga class, taking a walk through the characteristic lanes or browsing through a surprisingly good beachfront hippy market. The secret is to roam freely and keep your eyes peeled.
Food and Drink
Obviously fish and chips is a seaside classic but Brighton also hosts some award winning restaurants of many varieties including Chilli Pickle & Curry Leaf which have both won numerous accolades, and of course Buddies the only 24 hour restaurant on the South Coast for those mid night snackers’. The options for coffee, cocktails and sweet treats are endless and there’s always a new little place that ‘you must try’!
Every shopaholics dream, full of unique independent quirky shops selling everything you could want and not know that you need. There’s also the large shopping centre full of name brand high street shops and large department store
Art & Culture
Brighton has been included in some iconic film including Brighton Rock, and Quadraphenia. The Brighton Dome, pier and surrounding countryside featured in Raymond Briggs classic The Snowman animated film. Brighton hosts the biggest festival of the arts second only to Edinburgh, the Fringe festival is the second largest in the world, and when that’s not on, there is always something happening at the weekend to keep you entertained; Pride, Burning of the Clocks, Paddle round the pier to mention but a few….
Although both cities are governed by the same council they are definitely two very different places. Hove has its famous regency buildings and green lawns on the seafront, whereas Brighton boasts lively bars and shops along its shoreline.
Both cities though are within close reach of the South Downs and have great commuter links to London which gives it residents the best of both country and city living. Stroll along its beachfront and you will find sweeping grand Regency squares, spangly-smart beach huts, and locals walking neat little dogs. It’s a breath of fresh air when Brighton’s beaches are heaving.