Why you should go to Brighton !

The seaside resort of Brighton is known as the gay capital of the UK with a large LGBTQ population and a hip cultural, entertainment, culinary and arts scene that draws nearly 9 million visitors a year.

Located in East Sussex just 47 miles (76 km) as the crow flies from London, it makes for a nice day trip from the capital but is a destination of its own. A marked bohemian vibe is fed by sustainable business, green politics, small batch breweries, lively clubs and eclectic boutique hotels, tucked nicely along the seafront, in alley mazes and behind Regency facades.

The town's history dates to the Bronze Age, but its popularity arose during the Georgian Era, when it served as a playground and home for a young George IV, then Prince of Wales, who had the Royal Pavilion built in a striking Indo-Saracenic style. The Victorian Era saw the arrival of the pleasure piers, although only the Brighton Palace Pier remains today as the queen of all piers and a fun fair for all ages. In 2001, Brighton joined the village of Hove and was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II to become Brighton & Hove.

One of the city's most popular events is Pride Weekend in August, the biggest pride in the UK with close to 300,000 visitors to a main festival in Preston Park, filled with clubbing tents and open day and night, as well as the Pride Village Party in Kemptown, the Arts and Film festival and a Pride Dog Show.

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Getting around

Extremely well connected, Brighton is only an hour from London by train and 1.5 hours by car. It is linked by train and bus service, and although it does not have its own airport, Gatwick is only 30 minutes by train or 45 minutes by car. Driving in Brighton is not recommended on weekends in the height of summer when thousands descend at the first glimpse of sunshine. During major events, including Pride Weekend, some streets are closed to traffic, so if you are planning on spending more time at the beach than in the car, train in and out are the best options.

Local and international car rental companies operate in Brighton, concentrated mainly in the city center, railway station and seafront.

There are a number of private bike rentals throughout town, but there is not yet a city-run service. Biking tours for new arrivals are a good way of learning the lay of the land. There is a massive cycling hub behind the railway station, as well as a decent bike rental under it.

Although Brighton does not have a metro, there is an extensive overground railway system with an one-hour service to Central London and 30 minutes to Gatwick. The Volk's Electric Railway with its old single track and three stops is a convenient way to travel between the pier in the center of town to the Marina, especially if you are planning to spend some time at Kemptown or Naturist beaches. Trains run every 15 minutes in the summer and recommended over traffic, especially during Pride Weekend and busy summer weekends.

With a reliable and timely schedule, Brighton offers an extensive bus network very well connected to the surrounding towns. The city council has crated a helpful website with live departures and route maps. Double decker, open top sightseeing buses link the main attractions in and around the city for those who prefer convenience over value. The coach station near The Lanes area has regular service to Gatwick and Heathrow airports as well as London and a number of destinations across the UK.

It's not hard to spot the aqua and white Brighton cabs. Also known as Hackney Carriages. they can be waved down anywhere in the city, found at taxi ranks or booked by phone. Private hire cab services are also available and only ordered through an operator. All licensed cabs have the city council logo on the side and the words "Licensed Taxi". Fares are set by the city, and a rate card is available in all cabs. Uber has not yet arrived to Brighton.

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