Insider guide to Kemptown, Brighton

A guide to Kemptown, Brighton:

WHO lives there – Artists, young singles, the gay community, flamboyant fashionistas and food & wine lovers.

WHAT does it look like – Grand seafront crescents and elegant squares are combined with bustling, contemporary shopping areas. The result is a flamboyant mix of old meets new with a lively village feel.

WHERE is it in Brighton – East of Brighton’s vibrant city centre in leafy Sussex, England. It stretches from the famous King’s Cliff as far as the Brighton Marina.


WHO will love it – Anyone from outside the UK wanting to soak up the atmosphere of a twee English town, fashion lovers, artistic types and the gay community.


WHAT goes on there – Enjoy lunch in the various neighbourhood delis, shop at second hand and designer clothes stores, pick up some gifts from specialist food and wine suppliers, and explore the quirky antique markets.

WHERE to go to feel like a local – Drinks at neighbourhood, a cocktail place that echoes the industrial feel of Brooklyn dive bars and is filled with a heterogeneous mix of vintage décor, obscure antiques and artwork.

WHO should stay elsewhere – Business travellers, those who aren’t fans of the arts, or those wanting to visit London – though there are frequent trains into the city it can be busy, especially during rush hour.

WHAT to pack – Layers for warmth on chilly coastal nights, bright, bold colours and your best accessories – what you wear will be noticed.

WHERE to hide out and write your postcards – Relaxing with a coffee at the vibrant Brighton Farm Market, open every second and fourth Sunday of the month.


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