This English seaside town is a popular getaway for Londoners, entertaining vacationing Brits since the future king George the IV began escaping here with his mistress in the 1770s. Today two universities and a generally bohemian atmosphere make Brighton a charming place to live and work, or just pop in for a few days to sample the English seaside ... Read more
atmosphere. A walk along the Brighton Pier offers opportunity for cotton candy munching and carnival game playing, while the pebble Brighton Beach is popular in the summer for hanging out and occasional poi throwing. A maze of alleyways called the Lanes is a fascinating place to stroll, packed with quirky independent antiques shops, restaurants and bars. This seaside Sussex town is a great example of independent British culture.
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Edinburgh

I had an amazing time in Brighton when I visited for a conference. It’s such a quirky place, and you’ll be sure to have a great time. Check the pier out for more family friendly fun.

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Known for the beaches, this is a good place to take the whole family. There are carnivals with rides.

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San Francisco

Less than 2 hours from central London, Brighton is a fun beach seaside town with lots to do and see. If you are visiting UK, this LGBT-friendly town can be visited as a day-trip or for the entire weekend. If you are looking for a bit different social scene from London, this colorful and flavorful town will not disappoint.

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A phenomenal seaside town to visit from London. Historically rich, this LGBT-friendly destination makes for the perfect place to live outside of the city or take a weekend trip to. Host to a super fun Pier, amazing shopping, and a robust nightlife, Brighton is a can't-miss destination for a UK bucket list.

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London

Brighton is almost a seaside London (in the mind of Londoners), jump on a train from several stations in central London and you can be by the sea in about 40 minutes.

As a city Brighton is picturesque and full of distractions, a popular destination for hen parties and stag dos there are not only a huge selection of bars along the seafront but there is also a healthy alternative scene and is a haven for the eco conscious and environmentally aware.

Brighton hosts many festivals throughout the year including The Great Escape music festival, which sees a huge variety of well-known and new bands playing in venues around the city.

There are also sights like the stunning Brighton Pavilion and the pier, which hark back to the golden age of the British seaside.

Brighton is also known as a gay friendly city with a large gay population and great nightlife.

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The ultimate British Seaside destination. The pier with it's rides like the helter skelter and ghost train plus more dare devil adventures coupled with many ice cream, waffle and classic fish and chip shops. Take a walk along the sea front shops and bars to see the many beautiful pieces of art work next to shops selling classic tat like kiss me quick hats, seashells, postcards and the sweet rock. Sit on a stripy deck chair on the pier or pebbled beach (free on the pier) and watch the clouds drift by. Brighton also has a smaller version of the London Eye wheel to view the city, a Sea Life Centre and many good clothes shops. Take a stroll down "The Lanes" for unique shops selling everything from antique jewellery to off the beat records to Pom poms!

In summary - Brighton never fails to entertain and amuse, there's a casino, many bars and shops, the pier, The Brighton Centre (shows, comedy, gigs), the sea front wonders and arcades to name only small portion of what's on offer. Brighton really is fun for all the family.

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London

Very nice sea town in Sussex, only 1h15m away from London. A nice and long seaside promenade and beach with lots of small art shops and fresh seafood stands. Good spot for a spring/summer day out!

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Pittsford

This was a fun day trip from London to this seaside resort. The pier with the restaurants and amusement rides was a blast from the past. They were also holding a food festival in town which was a nice diversion. Love the many shops in the center of the city.

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Mexico City

If you want to see diversity this is the right place ,the most eccentric city in England, starting with it´s shingle beach.

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Miravet

Britain's seaside towns hotly contest the title of 'the best' but the crown probably has to go to Brighton - since promoted to the status of a city - for its sheer range of sights and proximity to London. Indeed it's a bit of an inside joke that the city is affectionately known as London-by-Sea for the sheer number of urban professionals who've swapped the rigours of life in the capital for life by the seaside. Personally I've always found British seaside towns a rather depressing throwback to the times of Empire and somewhat down on their luck in recent times: the weather is usually awful and the sea is cold (which may explain why those Brits brave enough to take a dip tend to favour swimming near sewage outlets, where I guess the water is warmer!) Maybe what's different about Brighton is that it's also a big university city, so the student influence helps prevent it from slipping into terminal decay. It's always a magical morning spent exploring the Regency splendour of the Royal Pavilion, followed by eating some trashy candy floss on the Palace Pier and then after lunch a stroll around the Lanes - though sadly in recent years many of the more interesting antique shops have made way for tacky jewellery stores. Brighton is also home to one of Britain's handful of nudist beaches and you've got to hand it to the plucky souls who go there, given how inclement British weather usually is.

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