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You're Going to Love Brighton

Brighton was once the favored seaside resort of Georgian kings, and it remains one of the most enjoyable places to spend some time on the English coast.

Reminders of the royal past are everywhere. The stunning Royal Pavilion may be the undisputed star, but Brighton is packed with beautiful buildings. This modern city is also as welcoming as they come, with a lively cultural scene, art galleries, great pubs and bars, and the delights of the pier.

Even better, this hive of cultural attractions, great nightlife, and seaside fun is just a short drive or train journey from London. It's hard to imagine a better coastal English destination than lovable Brighton.

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When to Visit Brighton

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Most people would say that Brighton is at its best during the English summer, between late June and late August. Well, that's true in part, but the crowds can be a bit much. Try April or May when the weather warms up and the countryside around Brighton is at its most beautiful. You'll find thinner crowds, just as much nightlife, and may even encounter lower room rates.

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How to Get to Brighton

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Where to Stay in Brighton

The best place to stay in Brighton is as close to the sea as possible. The promenade is probably the city's most attractive street and the English Channel makes for a beautiful sight in the mornings. The De Vere is the only five-star hotel in town and is right on the seafront, but other excellent options include the Mercure and the Queens Hotel.

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Shopping Streets

Brighton is a great place to shop for craft products, particularly jewelry and apparel. If you are after unique, locally made jewelry, the Lanes is the place to go. A warren of alleyways and narrow streets, the area is home to baby boutiques like Loula and Deer, specialist jewelers like House of Hoye, and independent footwear stores like mo Brog. Kensington Gardens hosts an offbeat flea market and a cluster of record shops, which are great places to pick up obscure vinyl.

Groceries and Other

Brighton has plenty of supermarkets to choose from, including Tesco, Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, and Waitrose, all of which have broad grocery selections. It's also a fairly affordable city. Expect to pay about £3 for a gallon of milk and £0.80 for a pound of apples.

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Where to Eat in Brighton

Few cities in southern England can match Brighton's gastronomic attractions. Some of the highlights include the European-style brasserie Gingerman, the sophisticated No 32, and vegetarian eateries like Lydea. Try to find time for a cup of tea and a cake at classically English tea rooms like the Mock Turtle, and don't miss the fish and chips at Bardsley's. Dining out varies in price. Fish and chips won't cost more than £6 per head, but meals at high-end brasseries could cost upwards of £40 per person.