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Old October 13th, 2005, 02:06 PM   #1
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Brighton, UK

Brighton on the south coast of England, is one of the UK's most lively, creative, cosmopolitan cities, it has a city population of 250,000 and it's urban area is home to almost 500,000 people, it has a very bohemian atmosphere and is a magnet for foreign students and tourists throughout the year.
There is an all year round calender of events including one of Europe's largest gay pride festivals in august, the Brighton festival which is Englands largest arts festival and runs for a month in may every year, the comedy festival in october, burning of the clocks parade in december, the streets of Brighton festival which includes all sorts of street arts/performers, the vintage car run, and sometimes the worlds biggest beach party occurs when Fatboy slim plays on the beach (crowds of 250,000 were seen in july 2002), there is more but I won't go on.
some Brighton facts:

Two universities (Brighton and Sussex Unis)
Home to the oldest commercial airport in the UK (which is soon to be expanded and recently renamed Brighton city airport)
Surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Downs
Surrounded by picturesque Sussex villages
It has the largest marina complex in Europe
An award-wining library (also up for the stirling prize this year)
Some of the finest Regency terraces and squares anywhere
Englandís largest arts festival
One of Britainís largest celebrations of diversity (Pride)
One of the finest examples of early Modernism (Embassy Court)
The most restaurants per-head in the UK outside London
A lively gay scene
A lively clubbing scene and music scene
A conference centre used by all major UK political parties
A nudist beach
The first public electric railway in the world (Volks railway built in 1883)
A grid pattern of grand tree lined avenues (Hove)
The biggest Frank Gehry project in the UK (soon hopefully)

And we are also just an hour away from London.

Anyway here are some pictures that I have selected to try and give you a feel for the city.

Starting with Brighton Station:


A few views of queens road leading down towards the sea from the station:



North street looking down from the clock tower towards the old steine


The clock tower.


More views of North Street







A view of the old steine


New development called the glass pavillion (its opposite the famous pavillion), will include offices and apartments


Grand parade


The Royal Pavilion




Grand Parade


Brighton Dome entrance


Jubilee street development, will include bars, shops, offices, restaurants and apartments



New Jubilee library


Some views of the bohemian North Laine area







Theare royal


pavillion gardens and the brighton dome venue


The lanes old town area






Brighton town hall


View of the old steine


East street views




Brighton Pier





Kings road views and beachfront







View of west street looking up towards the clock tower


Offices on west street


Looking towards the beautiful beast that is sussex heights


New apartments going up on west street


st pauls church on west street


West street views



Dukes street/dukes lane





Grand hotel


Basketball on the seafront


sussex heights again


Hilton metropole hotel


Regency square


The ugly Holiday inn hotel and co (maybe could do with a reclad)


Looking towards Hove


Embassy court - lovely art deco style building recently refurbished)


Preston street - the street of a thousand restaurants.



Views of western road



Churchill square, the shopping centre is behind me in these photos



The European HQ for American express


Some pics of Brighton's regency architecture








West pier sunset


More Regency buildings






Brighton Marina - Largest in Europe



Hove buildings and views






West pier ruins at dusk


Nightlife








Some various pics

































View west from the hospital tower


Here are some future developments for the city:

The Frank Gehry plans for the king alfred site


Brighton Marina plans by brunswick developments



Brighton International Arena - 11,000 capacity concert arena and olympic sized ice rink.


Preston Barracks development


New england square development (has been rejected on the grounds it is too normal looking and too high but developers will probably do a redesign and re-submit the plans)



Brighton Centre redevelopment (no renders but this is the site - expecting a tall proposal here)


Thanks for viewing

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Old October 13th, 2005, 02:16 PM   #2
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Hooray For Brighton.


A classy place .
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Old October 13th, 2005, 02:42 PM   #3
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It looks a realy great place wouldnt mind visiting some time.
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Old October 13th, 2005, 08:17 PM   #4
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Nice pics!
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Old October 13th, 2005, 10:52 PM   #5
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I love Brighton, great pics and a wonderful thread.

Thanks for Sharing
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Old October 14th, 2005, 12:29 AM   #6
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Amazing Post. Certainly the best yet on Brighton! Fantastic city!
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Old October 14th, 2005, 02:46 AM   #7
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Love Brighton - thanks!
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Old October 14th, 2005, 04:54 AM   #8
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I was in Brighton & Hove earlier this year, early summer in June.

As an American travelling to the UK the things I remember most about Brighton & Hove are (although I didnt actually go into Hove, but supposedly B & H is the full name of the city)

1. The Cold, Rainy weather, and grey skies! A big suprise for my perceptions of a beachside city!

2. The suprisingly good food and Marijuana! nothing like some fish and sausage to fill you right up, not like the puny american hot dog crap!

3. The pervasive atmosphere and foot traffic, the central area is suprisingly dense, and the area from the station to the beach is very lively.

4. The varied style of architecture, unlike the ubiquitous victorian/ post war architecture of the rest of the UKs towns, youll definitley find buildings in Brighton that you wont see anywhere else in the Uk, the density is great too!

5. The absolutley wonderfull and untouched countryside on the approach to Birghton from the north on the "motorway", something youd be hard pressed to find outside a major city in the US.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 05:22 AM   #9
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nice pics, it looks interesting
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Old October 14th, 2005, 05:34 AM   #10
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Quadrophenia Jimmy! Very nice.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 11:59 AM   #11
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Quote:
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1. The Cold, Rainy weather, and grey skies! A big suprise for my perceptions of a beachside city!
Unfortunately you can get this type of weather anywhere in the UK at any time of year due to our temperate maritime climate. However it isn't always like that and there are plenty of days when the weather is hot and sunny. I visited Brighton in May and the first day was about 16C and very hard rain but by day three it was over 30C, clear skies and hot sun.

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4. The varied style of architecture, unlike the ubiquitous victorian/ post war architecture of the rest of the UKs towns, youll definitley find buildings in Brighton that you wont see anywhere else in the Uk, the density is great too!
If you mean the Georgian style houses, you will find that in other UK towns although it is probably not as common as the Victorian style London, Bath, Bristol and Liverpool come to mind as other towns where you can find this type of architecture. Of course the Brighton Pavilion is unique.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 12:32 PM   #12
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it looks like a funny place..
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Old October 14th, 2005, 12:38 PM   #13
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Thanks for the comments people

Here are some other pics of Brighton & Hove

Hove













Sussex countryside just north of Brighton




View of cliffs at seven sisters just east of Brighton


One of Brighton's suburbs - Rottingdean


The undercliff walk from the marina towards saltdean


St Bartholomews church in central Brighton - has the tallest parish church roof in the country
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Old October 15th, 2005, 01:23 AM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by titeness
I was in Brighton & Hove earlier this year, early summer in June.

As an American travelling to the UK the things I remember most about Brighton & Hove are (although I didnt actually go into Hove, but supposedly B & H is the full name of the city)

1. The Cold, Rainy weather, and grey skies! A big suprise for my perceptions of a beachside city!

2. The suprisingly good food and Marijuana! nothing like some fish and sausage to fill you right up, not like the puny american hot dog crap!

3. The pervasive atmosphere and foot traffic, the central area is suprisingly dense, and the area from the station to the beach is very lively.

4. The varied style of architecture, unlike the ubiquitous victorian/ post war architecture of the rest of the UKs towns, youll definitley find buildings in Brighton that you wont see anywhere else in the Uk, the density is great too!

5. The absolutley wonderfull and untouched countryside on the approach to Birghton from the north on the "motorway", something youd be hard pressed to find outside a major city in the US.
Heya titeness glad to hear you made the trip to our fair city, sorry that it rained though, Brighton's much nicer when it's bright and sunny although hopefully it didn't rain all the time you were here did it?
If you come again I'd recommend you to venture into Hove as there's a great atmosphere there with it's grand tree lined streets and lovely victorian/regency architecture, Hove is the more sophisticated side to the city and acts more grown up to that of it's naughty neighbor Brighton!
Also if you have a partner there is nothing more romantic than a meal in one of the numerous restaurants in Hove and then a walk along the wide seafront promenade there, Ive had many successful dates in Hove! (even if it did rain on the odd occasion lol)
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Old October 15th, 2005, 01:38 AM   #15
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it looks like a funny place..
its hilarious!
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Old October 15th, 2005, 01:43 AM   #16
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The Pavilion is always a delight!

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Old October 15th, 2005, 02:09 AM   #17
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I love it!

It's like a cross between London and San francisco...but on a smaller, cozier scale

I'd love to visit sometime...I hear it's a gay mecca too, awesome
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Marvellous Brighton "London by the sea"
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Old April 21st, 2008, 07:06 PM   #19
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wow.. you certainly find a lot of old threads from the archives, patachou. I'm assuming these photos are self taken, so will move this to the Urban Forums section. If they are not, then the author of the thread (if he is still active at SSC) should properly credit them and pm me to move this one back to cityscapes.
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Been to brighton and its brilliant.Great pics as well.
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