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Brighton is a large and famous seaside resort in on the south coast of England, in the county of East Sussex and almost immediately due south of the capital city London (47 miles / 76 km). Together with its close neighbour Hove, Brighton forms the recently-proclaimed (2000) City of Brighton and Hove.
The city is convenient for London, and increasingly popular with media and music types who don't want to live in the capital. It is sometimes jokingly / sarcastically called "London-sur-Mer" for this reason.
Brighton is second only to London as the gay capital of South East England. There is a significant gay district in Kemptown. This adds to the bohemian atmosphere of the city.
It is home to two universities, University of Sussex (http://www.sussex.ac.uk) and University of Brighton (http://www.brighton.ac.uk) (situated on the edge of the city at Falmer), but is most famous for its Pavilion, an extravagant Regency building by John Nash.
Trains to Brighton run from Victoria and London Bridge stations in London, taking about an hour (faster for the Brighton Express services from Victoria). Trains also run along the coast from Hastings and Lewes in the east, and Portsmouth and Chichester in the west. Brighton is on a direct line (Thameslink (http://www.thameslink.co.uk/)) from Gatwick and Luton airports (Gatwick is much closer).
Brighton is a congested city, and not easy to drive or park in. The principal route from London and Gatwick Airport is the A23. The A27 runs along the coast, and is dual carriageway from the M27 at Portsmouth in the west to Lewes in the east. There are several car parks in central Brighton - expect to pay about £1.50 per hour, even on Sundays. Alternatively, parking is available at Worthing or Lewes stations, about 15 minutes by train from the city centre.
There are three days in the year when, if the weather is good, it is very inadvisable to drive into Brighton:
National Express (http://www.nationalexpress.com) provide coach services to London and various other cities from Pool Valley coach station, between Old Steine and the seafront. Megabus (http://www.megabus.com) also run a budget coach service to London.
Given the city's close proximity to London, and motorway access to points of arrival / departure, Brighton can be considered to be exceedingly well served by airports. Many Brightonians actually consider London Gatwick Airport to be "their" airport, rather than London's. Brighton can be reached from Gatwick by train in as little as 25 minutes.
There is an extensive bus network in Brighton and Hove. In the city centre, services are very frequent and many stops have 'real-time' bus information. The majority of buses are run by one company, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company (http://www.buses.co.uk/), who charge a flat fare of £1.50 for all journeys or £2.80 for an all day ticket (concessions are half price).
On a small number of days a year, buses are disrupted by parades etc. - the same days as in the "By car" section above.
Interestingly (?), Brighton buses are all named after celebrities and individuals who have made a contribution to Brighton city life in some significant manner.
There are good local train services as well as to London. Trains to the main campuses of the universities are very frequent.
There are vast numbers of taxis in Brighton. They are a bit more expensive than most other towns and cities in England. It is worth noting that on Friday and Saturday after midnight, the hire charge for a taxi is £4.50 before the journey starts.
The main taxi ranks are at Brighton train station and at East Street (near the Lanes). (Smaller ranks dotted around include: Queen Square (opposite Churchil Square), the north side of St. Peter's Church and the bottom of Montpelier Road.)
Brighton has excellent food, especially for vegetarians. The most famous vegetarian restaurant (and, after a recent buy out, now fairly expensive) is Food for Friends (http://www.foodforfriends.com) situated in The Lanes, while The George pub, on Trafalgar Street near the train station, serves only the finest vegetarian meals and snacks.
There are many, many, many pubs and bars catering for all tastes. The list below is far from complete - if there's a street in central Brighton there is likely to be a pub on it.
The pubs and bars around the Kemptown area are mainly gay.
Especially students from the language school called St.Giles close to the pub always hang out at KING AND QUEEN. It is a meeting point for them. As the name of the pub shows, there are portraits of former English kings and queens. The pub has a high ceiling and the space is large. You can enjoy KARAOKE night there sometimes.