Carey’s guidebook Recommendations for a lovely break in Brighton

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Carey’s guidebook Recommendations for a lovely break in Brighton

Food scene
Brighton has a great food scene - there’s a huge variety of independent cafes and restaurants serving every type of cuisine including vegetarian and vegan, and many are local to Trafalgar Cottage.
Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines. Located on a pretty pedestrianised street in the centre of Brighton, the restaurant is near the famous Brighton Dome, numerous shops and the Theatre Royal. Signatures on the menu include cicheti such as fried stuffed olives, arancini, fritto misto and sliced flank steak. Polpo would not be complete without a spritz, and served with both Aperol and Campari, alongside Negronis and Bellinis.
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Polpo Brighton
20 New Rd
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Polpo is a bàcaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines. Located on a pretty pedestrianised street in the centre of Brighton, the restaurant is near the famous Brighton Dome, numerous shops and the Theatre Royal. Signatures on the menu include cicheti such as fried stuffed olives, arancini, fritto misto and sliced flank steak. Polpo would not be complete without a spritz, and served with both Aperol and Campari, alongside Negronis and Bellinis.
Purezza Brighton (purity) was formed by Stefania Evangelisti and Tim Barclay in 2015, setting out with the aim of providing a range of exciting Italian plant based, vegan options to the UK. The restaurant has a wooden and rustic feel to it, with bar stools at the counter where you can take in all the drama of the large wood fired pizza oven. Their delicious pizzas are made with gluten free, hemp or sough-dough bases - so perfect for intolerances! They also offer a selection of raw food dishes and gluten free pasta dishes. It is not all about savoury dishes either with a full dessert menu featuring a chocolate calzone and Oreo pizza.
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Purezza Brighton
12 St James's St
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Purezza Brighton (purity) was formed by Stefania Evangelisti and Tim Barclay in 2015, setting out with the aim of providing a range of exciting Italian plant based, vegan options to the UK. The restaurant has a wooden and rustic feel to it, with bar stools at the counter where you can take in all the drama of the large wood fired pizza oven. Their delicious pizzas are made with gluten free, hemp or sough-dough bases - so perfect for intolerances! They also offer a selection of raw food dishes and gluten free pasta dishes. It is not all about savoury dishes either with a full dessert menu featuring a chocolate calzone and Oreo pizza.
Centrally located in the North Laine, this popular independent restaurant boasts a number of awards, an excellent reviews. The menu is inspired from different regions of India and changes seasonally. Typical sample dishes include a selection of tandoori, roasts and kebabs, curries, dosas and biryanis, along with a selection of sides, nibbles and changing specials. Offering a little bit of something for everyone, the Chilli Pickle is a great dining option for meat eaters, vegetarian and gluten free diners alike.
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The Chilli Pickle
17 Jubilee St
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Centrally located in the North Laine, this popular independent restaurant boasts a number of awards, an excellent reviews. The menu is inspired from different regions of India and changes seasonally. Typical sample dishes include a selection of tandoori, roasts and kebabs, curries, dosas and biryanis, along with a selection of sides, nibbles and changing specials. Offering a little bit of something for everyone, the Chilli Pickle is a great dining option for meat eaters, vegetarian and gluten free diners alike.
Just a 2 minute walk from Trafalgar Cottage, this is a lovely French-run eatery serving Gallic classics and daily specials from breakfast to dinner. Address: 81 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB
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Mange Tout
81 Trafalgar St
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Just a 2 minute walk from Trafalgar Cottage, this is a lovely French-run eatery serving Gallic classics and daily specials from breakfast to dinner. Address: 81 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB
Cosy cafe with home baked bread, open sandwiches and great coffee, also with a few outdoor tables. Artisan bread, pastries & coffee shop. Seven locations in Brighton and Hove. Local is Sydney Street, North Laine
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The Flour Pot Bakery
40 Sydney St
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Cosy cafe with home baked bread, open sandwiches and great coffee, also with a few outdoor tables. Artisan bread, pastries & coffee shop. Seven locations in Brighton and Hove. Local is Sydney Street, North Laine
Delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurant, The Lanes, Prince Albert Street.
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Food for Friends
17-18 Prince Albert St
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Delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurant, The Lanes, Prince Albert Street.
Delicious Seafood Restaurant right on Brighton Beach and open kitchen serving oysters, champagne and classic seafood dishes at marble-topped tablesin the Lanes. Locations: 12b Meeting House Lane, Brighton BN1 1HB and also 139 Kings Road Arches, Brighton Beach BN1 2FN
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Riddle & Finns
139 Kings Road
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Delicious Seafood Restaurant right on Brighton Beach and open kitchen serving oysters, champagne and classic seafood dishes at marble-topped tablesin the Lanes. Locations: 12b Meeting House Lane, Brighton BN1 1HB and also 139 Kings Road Arches, Brighton Beach BN1 2FN
Cosy, charming artisan ice cream shop with many flavors of gelato and sorbetto, plus espresso drinks.
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Gelato Gusto
2 Gardner Street
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Cosy, charming artisan ice cream shop with many flavors of gelato and sorbetto, plus espresso drinks.
Part of the famous Caprice Holdings group, The Ivy in the Lanes, Brighton is open seven days a week, offering sophisticated and friendly all-day dining in really beautiful surroundings. Worth going just to check out the decor! Offering a selection of all-encompassing menus, serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, bespoke cocktails and dinner.
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The Ivy In The Lanes
51 Ship St
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Part of the famous Caprice Holdings group, The Ivy in the Lanes, Brighton is open seven days a week, offering sophisticated and friendly all-day dining in really beautiful surroundings. Worth going just to check out the decor! Offering a selection of all-encompassing menus, serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, bespoke cocktails and dinner.
Four young chefs in their early twenties present the freshest local produce in one multi course menu, and pop out to explain ther creations to appreciative customers. Informal but exquisite food, a short walk from Trafalgar Cottage.
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Isaac At
2 Gloucester St
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Four young chefs in their early twenties present the freshest local produce in one multi course menu, and pop out to explain ther creations to appreciative customers. Informal but exquisite food, a short walk from Trafalgar Cottage.
Delicious feshly caught fish, large portions and good wines. Right on the seafront, sibling retaurant to The Coal Shed. A super-hot Josper Grill means your catch of the day arrives moist, its lightly-seared skin decorated with flowers and sea vegetables.
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The Salt Room
106 Kings Rd
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Delicious feshly caught fish, large portions and good wines. Right on the seafront, sibling retaurant to The Coal Shed. A super-hot Josper Grill means your catch of the day arrives moist, its lightly-seared skin decorated with flowers and sea vegetables.
Steak restaurant offering the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible and expertly cooked. As well as a seasonal à la carte menu, they also offer daily specials, a great value express lunch and pre theatre menu plus Brighton's favourite Sunday Sharing Roasts.
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The Coal Shed Restaurant Brighton
8 Boyce's St
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Steak restaurant offering the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible and expertly cooked. As well as a seasonal à la carte menu, they also offer daily specials, a great value express lunch and pre theatre menu plus Brighton's favourite Sunday Sharing Roasts.
Bars/Nightlife
Brighton is full of bars and pubs - each one has its own character and it’s difficult to recommend any particular one - Just pop in and see which vibe you take to!
Ten Green Bottles has become the go to destination for those who love a great quality glass (or two) or wine served by the most knowledgeable team in town. Located centrally (off the North Laine) and offering a chilled, comfortable atmosphere, it’s the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink or after work tipple.
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Ten Green Bottles
9 Jubilee St
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Ten Green Bottles has become the go to destination for those who love a great quality glass (or two) or wine served by the most knowledgeable team in town. Located centrally (off the North Laine) and offering a chilled, comfortable atmosphere, it’s the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink or after work tipple.
A dapper looking lounge bar in The Lanes that boasts some of the most raucous shindigs in town, The Mesmerist is a bar in Brighton inspired by all things unconventional. Sourcing vintage decor and wares in abundance, it's doused in indulgent prohibition tones, bottled trinkets and antiquarian flair offering an extensive cocktail and wine menu. Enjoy live music and entertainment!
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The Mesmerist
1-3 Prince Albert St
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A dapper looking lounge bar in The Lanes that boasts some of the most raucous shindigs in town, The Mesmerist is a bar in Brighton inspired by all things unconventional. Sourcing vintage decor and wares in abundance, it's doused in indulgent prohibition tones, bottled trinkets and antiquarian flair offering an extensive cocktail and wine menu. Enjoy live music and entertainment!
If you fancy a quick pint our neighbourhood The Pond pub is literally at the bottom of Trafalgar Terrace - painted green you can’t miss it!
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The Pond
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If you fancy a quick pint our neighbourhood The Pond pub is literally at the bottom of Trafalgar Terrace - painted green you can’t miss it!
Cocktail bar with creative cocktails and restaurant serving indulgent British classics and Scandi-chic late lounge brimming with dark black chesterfield sofa and mirrored walls, to a Jazz bar boasting New York vibes and a sun trap of a rooftop terrace;
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Bohemia Brighton
54-55 Meeting House Lane
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Cocktail bar with creative cocktails and restaurant serving indulgent British classics and Scandi-chic late lounge brimming with dark black chesterfield sofa and mirrored walls, to a Jazz bar boasting New York vibes and a sun trap of a rooftop terrace;
Favorite Brunch Spots
Starfish & Coffee is an independent neighbourhood cafe, and winner of the Brighton Restaurant Awards ‘Best Brunch’ 2018. The space inside is light, bright and airy. And just like the food, the décor has a local theme, with all the fixtures and fittings installed by tradespeople from the area. As for the food itself, the focus on local Sussex produce in no way detracts from the choice or the quality. The menu offers amazing brunch options for meat eaters and vegans alike - definitely worth a visit!
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Starfish & Coffee
32 Egremont Pl
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Starfish & Coffee is an independent neighbourhood cafe, and winner of the Brighton Restaurant Awards ‘Best Brunch’ 2018. The space inside is light, bright and airy. And just like the food, the décor has a local theme, with all the fixtures and fittings installed by tradespeople from the area. As for the food itself, the focus on local Sussex produce in no way detracts from the choice or the quality. The menu offers amazing brunch options for meat eaters and vegans alike - definitely worth a visit!
This new, independent coffee shop is definitely worth a visit. Grab a pick-me-up at this postage stamp-sized corner cafe, where you’ll find a few tables and chairs scattered out the front and a marvellous selection of freshly baked goods to go with your barista-brewed coffee. The cakes and sandwiches are amazing, with some tasty vegan options too!
Blend & Brew Brighton
44 Trafalgar St
This new, independent coffee shop is definitely worth a visit. Grab a pick-me-up at this postage stamp-sized corner cafe, where you’ll find a few tables and chairs scattered out the front and a marvellous selection of freshly baked goods to go with your barista-brewed coffee. The cakes and sandwiches are amazing, with some tasty vegan options too!
Specialist coffee is king at this botanical café in Kemptown. As well as being one of Brighton’s coffee standard-bearers, the food is overseen by chef Matt Gillan, winner of the Great British Menu who held a Michelin star for five years. Unsurprisingly, their brunches are a thing of beauty, offering up roasted butternut squash, avocado mousse and poached egg on rye bread, or herb waffles with bacon jam, black pudding, fried eggs and apple. Come lunchtime, locals go to town on sharing plates of crab and green-chilli brioche buns, burrata, ceviche with grapefruit rub of beef with caramel onions.
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Redroaster Cafe
1D St James's St
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Specialist coffee is king at this botanical café in Kemptown. As well as being one of Brighton’s coffee standard-bearers, the food is overseen by chef Matt Gillan, winner of the Great British Menu who held a Michelin star for five years. Unsurprisingly, their brunches are a thing of beauty, offering up roasted butternut squash, avocado mousse and poached egg on rye bread, or herb waffles with bacon jam, black pudding, fried eggs and apple. Come lunchtime, locals go to town on sharing plates of crab and green-chilli brioche buns, burrata, ceviche with grapefruit rub of beef with caramel onions.
Sightseeing
The British Airways i360 has been a truly amazing addition to the Brighton Seafront! From its beachfront setting, rise up slowly iin the viewing capsule and enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne whilst taking in the stunning Sussex Coastline!
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British Airways i360
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The British Airways i360 has been a truly amazing addition to the Brighton Seafront! From its beachfront setting, rise up slowly iin the viewing capsule and enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne whilst taking in the stunning Sussex Coastline!
The Royal Pavillion an exotic seaside pleasure palace built in 1787 for the Prince Regent, now a museum. This stunning historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Also houses Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in the grounds. https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/
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Kraljevski paviljon u Brightonu
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The Royal Pavillion an exotic seaside pleasure palace built in 1787 for the Prince Regent, now a museum. This stunning historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Also houses Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in the grounds. https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/
The famous Victorian Brighton Pier juts right out into the sea and hosts a range of attractions from fish & chips to a huge amusement arcade and family fun fairground rides. http://www.brightonpier.co.uk
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Brighton Palace Pier
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The famous Victorian Brighton Pier juts right out into the sea and hosts a range of attractions from fish & chips to a huge amusement arcade and family fun fairground rides. http://www.brightonpier.co.uk
Beautiful cliff walk and stunning views out to sea - not far from Brighton by car and definitely worth a visit if you have ever wanted to climb the white cliffs of Dover !
Seven Sisters
Beautiful cliff walk and stunning views out to sea - not far from Brighton by car and definitely worth a visit if you have ever wanted to climb the white cliffs of Dover !
Built in 1888 for Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee, this listed landmarks stands at the crossroads of shopping streets Queen Street and North Street And faces down towards the sea.
Jubilee Clock Tower
Built in 1888 for Queen Victoria’s Silver Jubilee, this listed landmarks stands at the crossroads of shopping streets Queen Street and North Street And faces down towards the sea.
Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus casual eateries with terraces overlooking the water. Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame honours stars with local links.
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Brighton Marina
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Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus casual eateries with terraces overlooking the water. Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame honours stars with local links.
Brighton has a huge pebble beach, a Victorian Pier with entertainment arcades and a large funfair, and you can still see the burned out shell of a second pier which stands as a sentimental monument amongst the waves. The beach has a promenade and lots of cafes and little shops under the arches. It is packed in high summer, and you can rent deckchairs and sun beds or bring your own. Sea bathing is possible in calm waters and water sports such as pedal boarding can be booked on the beach. If you’re planning on eating anything from an ice cream or fish and chips then watch out for the huge greedy seagulls which might just whip your meal out of your unsuspecting hands!
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Brighton Beach
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Brighton has a huge pebble beach, a Victorian Pier with entertainment arcades and a large funfair, and you can still see the burned out shell of a second pier which stands as a sentimental monument amongst the waves. The beach has a promenade and lots of cafes and little shops under the arches. It is packed in high summer, and you can rent deckchairs and sun beds or bring your own. Sea bathing is possible in calm waters and water sports such as pedal boarding can be booked on the beach. If you’re planning on eating anything from an ice cream or fish and chips then watch out for the huge greedy seagulls which might just whip your meal out of your unsuspecting hands!
Entertainment
The is a huge variety of entertainment in Brighton - a vibrant indie music scene, theatre, dance, museums and art. Remember to check for any current related Covid related restrictions before booking ahead.
Discover live music, comedy, dance, theatre, circus & more. Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive. Grade 1 Listed Building. Leading Arts Festival. Shows: Music, Theatre, Comedy, Family Friendly, Dance. https://brightondome.org
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Brighton Dome
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Discover live music, comedy, dance, theatre, circus & more. Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive. Grade 1 Listed Building. Leading Arts Festival. Shows: Music, Theatre, Comedy, Family Friendly, Dance. https://brightondome.org
Theatre Royal Brighton is a historic Grade II listed theatre in Brighton, Sussex. The theater hosts musicals, plays, opera and ballet throughout the year, as well as Creative Learning events, workshops and courses. The venue has a capacity of 952 seats over four levels and features a wonderful Proscenium. http://theatreroyalbrighton.com
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Theatre Royal Brighton
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Theatre Royal Brighton is a historic Grade II listed theatre in Brighton, Sussex. The theater hosts musicals, plays, opera and ballet throughout the year, as well as Creative Learning events, workshops and courses. The venue has a capacity of 952 seats over four levels and features a wonderful Proscenium. http://theatreroyalbrighton.com
If you fancy learning to paddle board or any other water sports head down to the seafront and you’ll find Brighton Watersports under the arches.
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Brighton Watersports
185 Kings Road Arches
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If you fancy learning to paddle board or any other water sports head down to the seafront and you’ll find Brighton Watersports under the arches.
Sea Life Brighton is the oldest operating aquarium in the world, built in 1872. Fun for all the family and for anyone interested in marine creatures. Advance booking via website for social distancing.
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SEA LIFE Brighton
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Sea Life Brighton is the oldest operating aquarium in the world, built in 1872. Fun for all the family and for anyone interested in marine creatures. Advance booking via website for social distancing.
Lovely art gallery and museum set in pretty gardens in with The Brighton Oavillion. Currently closed until September due to Covid 19.
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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
12A Pavilion Parade
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Lovely art gallery and museum set in pretty gardens in with The Brighton Oavillion. Currently closed until September due to Covid 19.
This little gem of a museum is literally on the doorstep of Trafalgar Cottage. If you’ve arrived by train, then you will have walked past it under the arches on the way to the property. Otherwise exit the house towards Trafalgar Street, turn left and cross the road. It’s tucked away just under the archway. A super little museum for toy and model enthusiasts and kids alike.
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Brighton Toy and Model Museum
52-55 Trafalgar St
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This little gem of a museum is literally on the doorstep of Trafalgar Cottage. If you’ve arrived by train, then you will have walked past it under the arches on the way to the property. Otherwise exit the house towards Trafalgar Street, turn left and cross the road. It’s tucked away just under the archway. A super little museum for toy and model enthusiasts and kids alike.
Neighbourhoods
Brighton is split up into different neighbourhoods, each with its own character, and all within walking distance of Trafalgar Cottage.
The trendy and vibrant North Laine area is on the doorstep of Trafalgar Cottage - an eclectic collection of little streets, colourful houses, independent shops, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, vintage shops and market stalls. From Trafagar Terrace, walk down to Sydney Street, Upper Gardener Street, Kensington place, Gardener Street in this maze of colourful pedestrian only streets - shop, eat, drink or simply soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a mesmerising walk through on the way to the seafront.
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North Laine
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The trendy and vibrant North Laine area is on the doorstep of Trafalgar Cottage - an eclectic collection of little streets, colourful houses, independent shops, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, vintage shops and market stalls. From Trafagar Terrace, walk down to Sydney Street, Upper Gardener Street, Kensington place, Gardener Street in this maze of colourful pedestrian only streets - shop, eat, drink or simply soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a mesmerising walk through on the way to the seafront.
The Lanes are a maze of tiny streets full of upmarket boutique shops and restaurants between North Street and the seafront. Easy to loose your bearings, And not to be confused with the North Lane, it’s a must for visitors and an 8 minute direct walk from Trafalgar Cottage.
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The Lanes
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The Lanes are a maze of tiny streets full of upmarket boutique shops and restaurants between North Street and the seafront. Easy to loose your bearings, And not to be confused with the North Lane, it’s a must for visitors and an 8 minute direct walk from Trafalgar Cottage.
Hove is an extension of Brighton - more tranquil and featuring grand buildings and gardens squares with lush lawns, it’s an upmarket residential area which also boasts lovely shops and restaurants and a quieter beachfront than neighbouring Brighton. The colourful beach huts make a lovely photo backdrop and some can be rented for the day.
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Hove
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Hove is an extension of Brighton - more tranquil and featuring grand buildings and gardens squares with lush lawns, it’s an upmarket residential area which also boasts lovely shops and restaurants and a quieter beachfront than neighbouring Brighton. The colourful beach huts make a lovely photo backdrop and some can be rented for the day.
Long associated with LGBT culture, Kemptown centres on lively St. James’s Street, where rainbow flags adorn many of the bars, clubs, cafes, and B&Bs. Side streets flanked by Regency-style houses lead down to the seafront. Classic vinyl, vintage fashion, and antiques draw shoppers to quirky boutiques and Brighton Flea Market. The Marlborough Pub & Theatre runs an eclectic programme of LGBT-focused drama and cabaret.
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Kemptown
108 Saint George's Road
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Long associated with LGBT culture, Kemptown centres on lively St. James’s Street, where rainbow flags adorn many of the bars, clubs, cafes, and B&Bs. Side streets flanked by Regency-style houses lead down to the seafront. Classic vinyl, vintage fashion, and antiques draw shoppers to quirky boutiques and Brighton Flea Market. The Marlborough Pub & Theatre runs an eclectic programme of LGBT-focused drama and cabaret.