A little bit of history
Brighton was originally named Bristelmestune, a town that was burnt to the ground in 1514 during a war between France and England. The only things to survive the fire were parts of St Nicholas Church and the pattern for the streets now known as The Lanes. By 1780 the town began to develop as a fashionable resort town, and it become even more popular after the Prince Regent chose to spend his leisure time there, building the Royal Pavilion in the early years of his regency. By 1901 and the earlier arrival of the railway, the town saw 120,000 day-trippers from London arriving every year, with many of the town's major attractions being developed
Need to know
You'll find a great fruit and veg market every Monday till midday on North Road. And Churchill Square has a fairly new shopping centre. There is also out of town shopping at The Holmbush Centre. But by far the best shopping experience Brighton has to offer is a Saturday afternoon spent wandering around the North Lanes, with its unique mix of retro and vintage shops, design-led gift shops and boutiques, smaller high-end high street chains and antique shops.
JUST LIKE THE SHOPS, THE RESTAURANTS AND BARS OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE ARE REALLY TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION.
There are excellent road links on A23 to Gatwick and on to central London.
There are railway stations in both Brighton and Hove, with trains to London Bridge and London Victoria taking approximately one hour. The last London train leaves at 23.37.