Why Move to Brighton?
Brighton was one of the favourite seaside resorts of Georgian kings, and even till this day remains one of the loveliest places to relax along the English coast. Evidence of its royal past can be seen almost everywhere. From the stunning Royal Pavilion to the beautiful national parks, this modern city is a treasure trove of architectural marvel.
But Brighton’s beach side and building attractions are not the only delightful thing about the place. The city is a cornucopia of cultural liveliness, filled with art galleries, fancy pubs and comforting ambience by the Brighton Palace Pier. If you are one for busy night life, in Brighton, you have a haven. The seaside fun is no different, and the best part is that it is just a short drive or train ride from London. Few imagine a better English coastal destination than beautiful Brighton.
Perhaps, what makes Brighton stand out most are its residents. Fun, friendly and cheery, Brightonians, as they are fondly called, are always willing to lend a helping hand. Visitors are always treated to the finest bit of Brighton hospitality. It is no wonder they return frequently every year. If you happen to move to here, there is no doubt you will adopt the same fun and cheery personality as its people. And that’s a might good thing too.
History of Brighton
Brighton has been a popular destination for tourists since 1750, when doctor Richard Russell, a ‘celebrity’ physician of the time lauded the healing properties of sea-water as a panacea to all ailments. Before then, “Brighthelmstone”- the original name- was no more than a farming and fishing village.
However, it was King George IV who made the city truly fashionable, transforming a farmhouse by the beach into a resplendent, far-east-inspired palace. Britain’s poshest council building, the Royal Pavilion, probably looks as beautiful today as it did in the 1820s when British architect John Nash designed and completed the structure.
Visitors have played a major role in the development of Brighton. For instance, in 1514, some overzealous French sailors nearly burned the city to the ground, but subsequent residents and visitors helped build it back together. This tradition of unity and growth still exists among city dwellers who welcome outsiders with a kiss on both cheeks despite their harrowed history.
Brighton was also a target of German air raids during the Second World War and Britain was forced to defend its coastal borders from swarming invaders. Nonetheless, the city has rebuilt itself severally to become the charming tourist attraction it is today.
When it comes to food and drink, few places in the UK can match Brighton’s passion for culinary delights. From family-friendly restaurants to bars, Ice-cream parlours and cafes, there is no shortage of places for a delicious meal and dessert treats. The vino culture is no different either as oenophiles are spoiled for choice of fine wining and dining in Brighton’s city centre.
Lovely restaurants like the West Beach Bar and Kitchen, and the Nyetimber Sky Bar are situated in the British Airways i360 and provide a truly unique dining and wining experience. The building is space-tower-like structure that glides up slowly to 450 feet, offering its patrons with a picturesque view of soothing Brighton coastline.
Are you vegetarian? Brighton doesn’t disappoint as it is offers a rich range of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. In fact, legend has it that Brighton was ahead of the game over 30 years ago offering diet-specific foods to its vegetarian customers. The most popular are Food for Friends and Terre a Terre; two award-winning restaurants that offer tasty vegan and gluten-free foods that even the most dedicated carnivore will love.
London may be known for its glamorous high-street shops from Oxford Street to Piccadilly, but it has got nothing on Brighton’s equally-trendy shopping culture. From the independent stores on North Laine, The Lanes & London Road to big-brand shops like Brighton Marina & Churchill Square, shopping in Brighton is like no other.
The shopping experience offers retail therapy any time of the year. Thinking of soaking up the sun with a spring or summer shopping? Or simply hoping to take the chill out of winter? You can embark on designer-inspired shopping spree here in Brighton. However, if casual clothiers are your thing, Brighton presents the best of up and coming designer shopping any time of the year.
This coastal city is home to a wide range of other-markets and trade fairs where you can purchase items such as retro gems and vintage fashion. Brighton is also known for its locally produced arts and crafts, as well its distinctive haberdashery. Got a pair of jeans or jumpers you would like to customise with art? Look no further than the stitch-shops in the nearby towns. Their creative flair is out of this world.
Brighton is any adventurer’s dream. While its sleepy countryside provides a homely environment to the typical hermit, the city centre offer tonnes more in events and activities to the keen extrovert. Either way everybody is happy.
Want to explore the museum? The Brighton Museum Shop has a great selection of articles from the stylish to the quaint. It is the perfect place for a fun Sunday outing for the kids. Did you know the landscapes of South Downs National Park cover around 1,600km2 of panoramic views, walk-paths, cycling opportunities, hidden gems and other outdoor activities? If you come to Brighton, you’ll see it for yourself.
If you are the outdoorsy type, there are several acres of lush green land for country cycling, hiking and camping opportunities. What’s more, the beach side is a perfect place to laze in summer while you listen to the peaceful melody of crashing coastal waves. For the posh visitor, Sussex Vineyards is a place befitting for an afternoon spent wine tasting and touring the origins of some of England’s sweet wines.
Other sites worth exploring include Shoreham Airport, Wakehurst Park, Lancing College Chapel, Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Old Steine, SEA LIFE Brighton and Devil’s Dyke Sussex just to mention a few.
Have you decided yet? Brighton is the place you should be visiting come your next vacation. You will love every second here.