Guidebook for The City of Brighton and Hove

Jane

Guidebook for The City of Brighton and Hove

Nightlife
I like to party. So many places, so little time.
Can recommend the Komedia, Krater Comedy Club for rude Viz style humour and belly laughs. The cinema is nice too.
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Komedia Brighton
44-47 Gardner St
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Can recommend the Komedia, Krater Comedy Club for rude Viz style humour and belly laughs. The cinema is nice too.
Lots of live bands play here. Because you are in Brighton, they will either be on the way up, or on the way down. Or maybe a cover band. There are also frequent club nights held here. I wouldn’t walk back into town late at night, it’s best to call a cab. The rats (both human and rodent) running around by the beach are nasty.
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Concorde 2
286A Madeira Dr
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Lots of live bands play here. Because you are in Brighton, they will either be on the way up, or on the way down. Or maybe a cover band. There are also frequent club nights held here. I wouldn’t walk back into town late at night, it’s best to call a cab. The rats (both human and rodent) running around by the beach are nasty.
Situated on the beach, this bar hosts events of all kinds. Drink prices are about average for this kind of venue.
Shooshh
214 King's Rd
Situated on the beach, this bar hosts events of all kinds. Drink prices are about average for this kind of venue.
Situated on the sea front, this venue is rough at times but fun. No matter what your age is, there’s a night for you.
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FunkyFish Bar
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Situated on the sea front, this venue is rough at times but fun. No matter what your age is, there’s a night for you.
Nothing remarkable about this pub. However, it is a safe place to take a break in if you are tired. The coffee and tea is refillable. You can walk in and use the toilets without getting the evil eye from the bar staff.
Wetherspoons (The Bright Helm)
20-22A West St
Nothing remarkable about this pub. However, it is a safe place to take a break in if you are tired. The coffee and tea is refillable. You can walk in and use the toilets without getting the evil eye from the bar staff.
Venue for The Brighton Ska Train Weekender. If you’re here when it’s on, let me know if you are interested. I may be going.
Volks Club
Venue for The Brighton Ska Train Weekender. If you’re here when it’s on, let me know if you are interested. I may be going.
If you are here as part of a group, I’d recommend Proud Cabaret for a fun night out. Not cheap, but worth it.
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Proud Cabaret Brighton
83 St George's Rd
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If you are here as part of a group, I’d recommend Proud Cabaret for a fun night out. Not cheap, but worth it.
Great DJ funk/disco sets on Saturday nights. Depends on your attitude to risk whether you go in or not. The condensation on the windows and the jam-packed dance area recently made me think again.
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The Paris House
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Great DJ funk/disco sets on Saturday nights. Depends on your attitude to risk whether you go in or not. The condensation on the windows and the jam-packed dance area recently made me think again.
Parks & Nature
Take the coastal bus for a scenic ride to this beautiful park.
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세븐 시스터스 컨트리 공원
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Take the coastal bus for a scenic ride to this beautiful park.
Great views across Brighton to the sea - well worth the uphill walk.
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Chattri Monument
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Great views across Brighton to the sea - well worth the uphill walk.
Essentials
Local supermarket with a cash point.
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Sainsbury's
93 Lewes Rd
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Local supermarket with a cash point.
Situated down the hill in the Pavillion Retail Park, this supermarket is much cheaper than nearby Sainsbury’s. There’s another store on the London Road,
ALDI
Situated down the hill in the Pavillion Retail Park, this supermarket is much cheaper than nearby Sainsbury’s. There’s another store on the London Road,
Open until 11pm on Sundays.
Co-op Food - Lewes Road
56 Lewes Rd
Open until 11pm on Sundays.
Just drive down Ladysmith Road from my house, turn left and then right. When you reach the lights, the gas station is front of you. There is a cash point here, and an M&S food store.
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100 Lewes Rd
Just drive down Ladysmith Road from my house, turn left and then right. When you reach the lights, the gas station is front of you. There is a cash point here, and an M&S food store.
Turn left from my house, and at the bottom of Ladysmith Road turn left again. Then turn right and at the bottom of Bear Road turn left. The post office is about ten minutes walk away on the other side of Lewes Road.
Lewes Road Post Office
6 Lewes Rd
Turn left from my house, and at the bottom of Ladysmith Road turn left again. Then turn right and at the bottom of Bear Road turn left. The post office is about ten minutes walk away on the other side of Lewes Road.
Bag storage for £6 a day - book through Stasher.com
Rolyn's Newsagent
57a North Road
Bag storage for £6 a day - book through Stasher.com
Bag storage for £6 a day - book through Stasher.com
Bright News
67A Buckingham Rd
Bag storage for £6 a day - book through Stasher.com
Places of Interest
Most visitors go to The Pavillion. However, there are many other places of interest to see in Brighton.
Situated in the Victorian arches under Brighton station, this museum houses a large collection of pre mid 20th century toys. Sometimes small music gigs are held here in the evening.
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Brighton Toy and Model Museum
52-55 Trafalgar St
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Situated in the Victorian arches under Brighton station, this museum houses a large collection of pre mid 20th century toys. Sometimes small music gigs are held here in the evening.
Situated in a beautiful listed building, and said to be the oldest cinema in the UK. Expensive but worth it to see the amazing auditorium. The comfortable seats have plenty of legroom - great if you are tall like me. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_of_York's_Picture_House,_Brighton
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Duke Of York's Picturehouse
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Situated in a beautiful listed building, and said to be the oldest cinema in the UK. Expensive but worth it to see the amazing auditorium. The comfortable seats have plenty of legroom - great if you are tall like me. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_of_York's_Picture_House,_Brighton
See it while it’s still there!
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Brighton West Pier
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See it while it’s still there!
Last weekend I took advantage of the annual free admission day and visited the Royal Pavilion. Now I’ve finally I been inside, I wonder why I left it so long.
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로열 파빌리언
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Last weekend I took advantage of the annual free admission day and visited the Royal Pavilion. Now I’ve finally I been inside, I wonder why I left it so long.
Great view over Brighton and the south coast. Book online for best prices - if possible visit on a weekday. If you are with me because you are house hunting, remember to become a resident member (costs a pound a year) when you move here. You get a free flight on your birthday.
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British Airways i360
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Great view over Brighton and the south coast. Book online for best prices - if possible visit on a weekday. If you are with me because you are house hunting, remember to become a resident member (costs a pound a year) when you move here. You get a free flight on your birthday.
Come to this pier in the winter months to see the hypnotic starling murmurations at sunset. The sun will set over the sea at this time of year, on a clear day you might just get lucky and see a green flash sunset. I did on the day that the second lockdown started and wondered if it was a sign. The thuggish seagulls that hover in wait will steal chips, hotdogs or anything else that looks attractive to them. I have lost the chocolate flake out of a 99 cone on one occasion. Only a few weeks ago another of these gangsters snatched a scoop of chocolate ice cream out of a cone I had just bought. I’ve even heard of them taking mobiles phones - they might even take someone’s hand one day so be careful!
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브라이턴 팰리스 피어
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Come to this pier in the winter months to see the hypnotic starling murmurations at sunset. The sun will set over the sea at this time of year, on a clear day you might just get lucky and see a green flash sunset. I did on the day that the second lockdown started and wondered if it was a sign. The thuggish seagulls that hover in wait will steal chips, hotdogs or anything else that looks attractive to them. I have lost the chocolate flake out of a 99 cone on one occasion. Only a few weeks ago another of these gangsters snatched a scoop of chocolate ice cream out of a cone I had just bought. I’ve even heard of them taking mobiles phones - they might even take someone’s hand one day so be careful!
Recommend current Bowie photography exhibition!
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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
12A Pavilion Parade
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Recommend current Bowie photography exhibition!
Emergency Services
Call 999 if urgent.
Royal Sussex County Hospital Hospital · Barry Building, Eastern Rd Open 24 hours Secondary hours Emergency department: Open 24 hours
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Nhs Trust
Royal Sussex County Hospital Hospital · Barry Building, Eastern Rd Open 24 hours Secondary hours Emergency department: Open 24 hours
Situated at John St, Brighton. BN2 0LA
Brighton Police Station
Situated at John St, Brighton. BN2 0LA
If you are staying with me while you look in the local area for a home, you might want to consider registering with this practice. I did a year ago when I moved to Brighton. When I suspected I had cellulitis after I injured my leg, I knew I needed to see a doctor quickly. When I told the receptionist what I thought was wrong, I was given an appointment within two hours.
Church Surgery Dr Mitchell & Partners
If you are staying with me while you look in the local area for a home, you might want to consider registering with this practice. I did a year ago when I moved to Brighton. When I suspected I had cellulitis after I injured my leg, I knew I needed to see a doctor quickly. When I told the receptionist what I thought was wrong, I was given an appointment within two hours.
Shopping
All those shops so little time. Not just in The Laines, also in Kemptown and Hove.
Local company producing loose teas of all kinds. I’d recommend their Beetroot and Apple Studel blends. I sometimes have some Bird & Blend teas here. If you want to try some, ask me.
Bird & Blend Tea Co.
41 Gardner St
Local company producing loose teas of all kinds. I’d recommend their Beetroot and Apple Studel blends. I sometimes have some Bird & Blend teas here. If you want to try some, ask me.
Food scene
My love of good food shows on my hips! Chain restaurants aren’t the enemy, but many of the cheaper “Eat All You Can” places are. Many of them leave food out far too long. Fill your boots at your peril. If you get sick, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve just been told about the “Too Good to Go” app. Many food outlets in Brighton are on this. You can often find cheap items at the end of the day - they are advertised on the app. You pay a few pounds for a magic bag and take pot luck on what’s inside.
Spicy Bangladeshi food at affordable prices.
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Tuntun's Cafe
150 Lewes Rd
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Spicy Bangladeshi food at affordable prices.
Brighton branch of this French chain. The breakfasts here are delicious. I’d also recommend the two or three course fixed price deals.
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Côte Brasserie - Brighton
115-116 Church Street
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Brighton branch of this French chain. The breakfasts here are delicious. I’d also recommend the two or three course fixed price deals.
The original Bill’s restaurant is in Lewes. The Brighton one is just as good. Affordable British food to suit all tastes and budgets.
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Bill's Brighton Restaurant
100 North Rd
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The original Bill’s restaurant is in Lewes. The Brighton one is just as good. Affordable British food to suit all tastes and budgets.
Grubbs burger bars are all over Brighton. Good stop when you come home drunk, or feel too lazy to cook.
Grubbs
87 Lewes Rd
Grubbs burger bars are all over Brighton. Good stop when you come home drunk, or feel too lazy to cook.
This quick turnaround cafe cooks Vietnamese food to order. So healthy that I always feel very virtuous when I leave this place.
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Pho Brighton
12 Black Lion St
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This quick turnaround cafe cooks Vietnamese food to order. So healthy that I always feel very virtuous when I leave this place.
Makes delicious sourdough pizzas to order, at very affordable prices.
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Morelli Zorelli
40 Western Rd
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Makes delicious sourdough pizzas to order, at very affordable prices.
Great for coffee and cake, and does some nice light meals too.
Gail's
93 North Rd
Great for coffee and cake, and does some nice light meals too.
Family owned Greek / Mediterranean restaurant. Great meals at affordable prices.
Estia
3 Hampton Place
Family owned Greek / Mediterranean restaurant. Great meals at affordable prices.
Best burger chain around - the portions are huge. The Brighton restaurant has a great view over the marina.
Five Guys
4 The Boardwalk
Best burger chain around - the portions are huge. The Brighton restaurant has a great view over the marina.
Sunday lunch with the bottomless Prosecco deal finishes me off for the rest of the day.
Malmaison Brighton
11 Mermaid Walk
Sunday lunch with the bottomless Prosecco deal finishes me off for the rest of the day.
Good value veggie / vegan cafe serving tasty, healthy food.
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Iydea
17 Kensington Gardens
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Good value veggie / vegan cafe serving tasty, healthy food.
Now called Fogo De Chao. This is an all you can eat place that I have visited twice at lunchtime, and would go to again. The buffet has been freshly prepared and well presented, and the meat succulent and juicy. Not sure if this is the case later in the day - perhaps someone could let me know?
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
65-75 West St
Now called Fogo De Chao. This is an all you can eat place that I have visited twice at lunchtime, and would go to again. The buffet has been freshly prepared and well presented, and the meat succulent and juicy. Not sure if this is the case later in the day - perhaps someone could let me know?
Quirky little cafe on the edge of Hanover, not too far up the hill. Lovely salads and sandwiches served by the friendly proprietors.
The Mighty Seed
135a Islingword Rd
Quirky little cafe on the edge of Hanover, not too far up the hill. Lovely salads and sandwiches served by the friendly proprietors.
Vero Gusto - Italian Bakery and More...
2A St James's St
There are lots of fish and chippies along the front. For not much more than the greasy spoons around the pier, you could go upmarket. Do try the portions for size at the Regency Restaurant.
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Regency Restaurant
131 Kings Rd
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There are lots of fish and chippies along the front. For not much more than the greasy spoons around the pier, you could go upmarket. Do try the portions for size at the Regency Restaurant.
Amazing pizza served in this very inexpensive restaurant,
Rustico
244 Portland Road
Amazing pizza served in this very inexpensive restaurant,
Cooks a great breakfast. I couldn’t take my eyes off the delicious looking food that was taken to another table. At the time of my visit was participating in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme. If you happen to be here in August 2020 between Monday and Wednesday, you know where to go.
The Laine Deli
31 Trafalgar St
Cooks a great breakfast. I couldn’t take my eyes off the delicious looking food that was taken to another table. At the time of my visit was participating in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme. If you happen to be here in August 2020 between Monday and Wednesday, you know where to go.
Food can be a bit slow to arrive, but I’ve always found it worth the wait. Expect to queue on busy summer weekends.
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La Choza
36A Gloucester Rd
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Food can be a bit slow to arrive, but I’ve always found it worth the wait. Expect to queue on busy summer weekends.
Would recommend the vegetarian platter.
Lavash Brighton 🅥
52 Gardner Street
Would recommend the vegetarian platter.
Great restaurant with friendly staff. I loved the food when I went here.
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English's of Brighton
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Great restaurant with friendly staff. I loved the food when I went here.
Serves some great meze plates with or without meat.
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Sunbird Deli
109 London Rd
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Serves some great meze plates with or without meat.
This place is situated on the beach - you can sit inside or out at the communal tables. There’s a selection of food outlets here, you order from your phone.
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Shelter Hall
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This place is situated on the beach - you can sit inside or out at the communal tables. There’s a selection of food outlets here, you order from your phone.
Very good restaurant serving locally sourced, organic food.
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SIX - Brighton & Hove
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Very good restaurant serving locally sourced, organic food.
Worth visiting for the lunchtime deals. Friendly staff and great food at very reasonable prices.
Cafe Chilli
8 Church Road
Worth visiting for the lunchtime deals. Friendly staff and great food at very reasonable prices.
I’ve been to China Garden twice; both times in a big group. I thought the set menus were a bit pricy, and the service was slow. However, I do think this place is worth a try for maybe two or four people - I have seen lone diners. Order a la carte and let me know how you get on.
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China Garden
88 Preston Street
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I’ve been to China Garden twice; both times in a big group. I thought the set menus were a bit pricy, and the service was slow. However, I do think this place is worth a try for maybe two or four people - I have seen lone diners. Order a la carte and let me know how you get on.