Best of Brighton


Brighton (Central Area From Old Steine to the Peace Statue)

- Things to do
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- Places to Drink

Things to Do


Opened in 1872 next to Brighton Pier, this architecturally beautiful aquarium features over 3,000 sea creatures from jelly fish to sharks in their 750,000 litre ocean tank.


Enjoy fantastic 360-degree views of the south coast and beyond whilst 450ft in the air. Located opposite regency square, this towering observation platform allows visitors to gaze upon 66 miles of coastline, Brighton and on a clear day you may even be able to see France!

Devils Dyke

Estimated to have been formed over 10,000 years ago, it is the largest dry valley in the UK. Located just 5 miles north of Brighton, it is within driving distance or the 77 bus goes from the Pier all the way to the top.

Ditchling Beacon

The highest point in East Sussex at 248 metres above sea level and named after the original warning beacon which used to be locates there. There is parking (£3 per day) and the 79 bus goes from Old Steine or Brighton Station.

Royal Pavilion & Gardens

Located adjacent to the Old Steine, this breath-taking regency palace mixes an Indian style exterior, with a Chinese themed interior.

Brighton Museum

Located behind the Brighton Dome and within the Pavilion Gardens, the museum has exhibits ranging from art displays to a history of Regency Brighton. Be sure to check out the website for temporary exhibitions!

Brighton Lanes

The Original centre for the village of Brighthelmstown (which became Brighton) and expanded when the benefits of sea air became known, the lanes are now a maze of winding streets with many jewellers, independent shops and food establishments.

The North Laine

A shopping area full of independent, indie shops and restaurants. The name originates from the Sussex word for land located at the bottom of the downs.

Brighton Pier

Originally opened in 1896, and with over 4 million visitors per year meaning it can be seen as the most visited tourist attraction outside of London. There are a selection of arcade-style games, whilst the far end is like a fairground with rollercoasters and dodgems. It is a great spot to view the Brighton coastline and beyond.

Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Brighton Toy and Model Museum is an independent toy museum. Its collection focuses on toys and models produced in the UK and Europe up until the mid-Twentieth Century.

Places to Eat

Food for Friends

Opened in 1981, this long running vegetarian restaurant uses fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create a fine dining, meat-free experience. Awards include runner-up as best Ethical Restaurant in the UK (Observer Food Monthly Awards) and a place in the Good Food Guide.

Terre à Terre

Award winning vegetarian restaurant has a detailed menu with dishes containing multiple ingredients. If overwhelming, the tapas menu allows you to sample many of their fantastic dishes and for a reasonable price.


Cheap and hearty vegetarian food served cafeteria style. Don't be put off by the idea of a cafeteria as with its rustic wood furniture give it a homely feel.

Chilli Pickle

Modern Indian Brasserie adds a 21st century twist to Indian cuisine with dishes like Keralan red duck curry and Monday lunch King Thali offer for just £10. Awards include being named 23rd most sustainable restaurant in the UK, 2 AA Rosettes and the National restaurant awards top 100 UK restaurants for 6 consecutive years!

VIP Pizza

A very popular pizza restaurant on Old Steine, with the family having run restaurants both in Brighton and their native Naples. Most of their ingredients come from their farm in Naples - guaranteeing fresh and high-quality ingredients.

Curry Leaf Cafe

Southern Indian menu offers a relaxed and brightly coloured cafe environment to enjoy dishes such as Masala Battered Fish and Chips. With two restaurants, one in the lanes and the other in Kemptown, they were a finalist in the Best Newcomer category of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards.

Indian Summer

Claiming to be the first authentic Indian Restaurant in Brighton, this restaurant serves modern takes on traditional dishes from across the subcontinent. Minesh, one of the founders, also runs cookery classes so you can learn to cook the wonderful food they serve.


Tucked away behind Brighton Town Hall, the restaurant resembles a floating lantern and has a large menu of Japanese dishes, from sashimi to Katsu curry. They successfully managed to raise awareness around the dangers of overfishing at a European Level through their ‘Fish Love’ campaign.

The Regency

Located opposite the i360, they offer locally caught fish and seafood all at reasonable prices. Its laid-back feel makes it perfect for families and has a wonderful outlook across the water.

The Gingerman

Opened in 1998, the Gingerman is the flagship restaurant for the Ginger restaurants in Brighton offering an intimate fine dining experience. The menu changes regularly, featuring fresh and seasonal produce.

The Set

Located in the Artist Residence Hotel in Regency Square, they have both an intimate restaurant and a cafe which serves bottomless brunch. The restaurant has an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare your food.

Places to Drink

Twisted Lemon

Quaint little cocktail bar on the edge of the Lanes which has an extensive cocktail menu and a small pizza menu. Intimate and laid-back environment.

King and Queen

Sports bar in a quirkily castle style building just up from the Old Steine. They run a popular pub quiz on a Monday evening from 20:00/21:00 and have a large beer garden.

The Mesmerist

Vintage decor with a smart roof terrace located on the edge of the Lanes. They have live music every Sunday to Thursday with other events on Saturday. All food is prepared in house including smoking and curing meats.


Located in the theatre district, they have a long list of craft beers and a hidden cocktail bar on the first floor with an outdoor seating area. Alternatively, you can sit out the front of the pub and watch the world go by.

The Tempest Inn

This seafront pub is literally built into a cave! With plenty of booths and quirky cool lighting it could be seen as one of the quirkiest bars in Brighton! You can also sit on the beach and enjoy live music events.


Located in the Lanes, there has been a pub on this site for nearly 500 years. With a traditional feel, it has been a host to the infamous Jack the Ripper and was mentioned by author Graham Greene in his novel “Brighton Rock”.

East Street Tap

Designed around an East Coast Bar, they have a wide range of American craft beers and has late licensing so is open until 4am. Perfect for those who like a late night but away from the clubs.

Hove (West of Brighton centre past the Peace Statue on the seafront)

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Things to Do

Hove Park

Covering over 40 acres, the park features open areas, recreational equipment and mature trees. There is also a lake situated in the middle. It is perfect for those who fancy a stroll/run! There is also a small model railway which occasionally operates at some weekends/ bank holidays so keep your eyes peeled!

St Ann’s Well Gardens

Located just half a mile from the sea, the park is famous for its iron bearing spring. The spring was named St Ann’s Well who was a Saxon lady from the area whose tears apparently became the spring when her lover was murdered.

County Cricket Ground

Founded in 1872, the ground has a capacity of 7,000 and is home to the Sussex County Cricket Club.

Hove Museum

Free museum with interactive exhibits for children designed as a wizards attic. There are also exhibits on cinema and two contemporary art galleries. This is ideal for those with children as it is often stated to be one of the most family friendly and easily accessible museums in the south east.

Booth Natural History Museum

This free museum located opposite Dyke Road Park has a vast collection of taxidermy and a large collection of butterflies. With one of the largest collections of birds, perfect for budding ornithologists!

Hove Lagoon

Located on the seafront in West Hove, this man-made lagoon is perfect for water sports, with wake boarding cables overhead and other equipment for use. It is also located next to Shoreham harbour, so if you fancy fresh fish there is a fish market selling the fish brought in that day.

King Alfred Leisure Centre

Sports and recreation centre located on the seafront. Indoor lane pool and splash area for young children, perfect for a rainy day.

Hove Lawns

Located adjacent to the beach, these large areas of grass often host anything from workout classes to events such as the Brighton Food Festival.

Places to Eat

Fatto a Mano

Called one of the UK’s top 10 indie pizzerias, they have restaurants in Both Hove and London Road. Pizzas are served Naples-style and are freshly cooked to order.


Turkish restaurant serving traditional Mediterranean food such as stuffed vine leaves and Tavuk Guvec. There is also an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs preparing your food.

The Ginger Pig

Probably the poshest gastropub in the city! Like its award-winning sister restaurant, the Gingerman, the Ginger Pig offers a menu of fresh, seasonal produce in smart pub setting. They also have a small outdoor terrace for drinks as well as a separate bar menu.


Casual, family run Italian restaurant on Hove seafront opened in 1969. Homemade ice cream is always worth a try!


First Argentine restaurant in East Sussex, with both the owner and his entire team being from the South American country. Most of their meat and wine are imported direct from Argentina.


Greek restaurant which specialises in meze (small plates a bit like tapas). There is also outside seating area which is great in the sun.


This Thai restaurant in Hove has an upmarket feel to it, whilst still providing an extensive and authentic menu of Thai cuisine. All food is prepared freshly using local sources wherever possible. There is also an extensive vegetarian menu

Places to Drink

The Ginger Pig

Also, a restaurant, this pub has a sophisticated air to it with an extensive cocktail list which can be enjoyed alongside a hanger steak from the restaurant.

Hove Place

Gastropub with a large outdoor seating area for both diners and drinkers. Great selection of local ales and a very well thought menu.

The Urchin

Serving craft beer and locally sourced shellfish, it is perfect for seafood lovers and craft beer aficionados.

Gin Tub

Gin Bar which has a Faraday cage meaning you are unable to use your phone inside. Perfect for those wanting a technology detox!

The Lion and Lobster

Located on the border or Brighton & Hove, this is one of the best gastropubs in the city. There is a pub on the ground floor, restaurant above and a roof terrace at the top. The food is prepared on site from locally sourced ingredients, whilst the bar often hosts live music.

The Brunswick

Pub which is also an arts and music venue located just up from the seafront. The white 1930s building is easy to spot amongst the sea of regency townhouses.

Kemptown (East of Brighton past the Old Steine)

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Things to Do

Brighton Marina

Europe's largest marina offers a plethora of different restaurants, plus a cinema and casino. Its location slightly out of town is perfect if you are somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. You can also arrange fishing trips and tours of the Rampion offshore windfarm.

Queens Park

On the border of Kemptown/Hanover, the park is located in a natural valley with a central pond and grade II listed clock tower. The top left-hand corner of the park below the “pepper pot” is designated for dogs.

Volks Electric Railway

It is officially the world's oldest electric railway still in operation having been opened in 1883. The line runs for a mile from the Aquarium to near the Marina, with Peter Pan’s playground and mini golf being located part way along.

Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf

Located right on the beach, this adventure golf course comes equipped with two full 18 hole courses to try. They also offer deals for groups of adults and families.

Places to Eat

Curry Leaf Cafe

Southern Indian menu offers a relaxed and brightly coloured cafe environment to enjoy dishes such as Masala Battered Fish and Chips. With two restaurants, one in the lanes and the other in Kemptown, they were a finalist in the Best Newcomer category of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards.

The Ginger Dog

Gastropub offering local and craft beers with a great pub food. Twinned with the other Ginger restaurants so the food is of the same exacting quality.

Café Marmalade

With a French style interior, this casual café isn’t worth missing if you fancy a good breakfast or brunch. With a wide selection of homemade cakes and pastries, it is popular with tourists and locals alike.


This relatively inexpensive pizzeria was opened in 2009 and now has a menu of around 15 pizzas, all of which are cooked in their 300-degree stone-based oven. Pizzas range from £5-£11 and they have a number of vegan pizza options.

The Restaurant at Drakes

One of Brighton's favourite fine dining establishments, their main aim is to make guests feel like friends when they visit. Set in a boutique hotel overlooking the sea, with a modern European menu which uses quality local ingredients.

Hanover (North East of Brighton above Kemp Town)

- Things to Do
- Places to Eat
- Places to Drink

Things to Do

Queens Park

On the border of Kemptown/Hanover, the park is located in a natural valley with a central pond and grade II listed clock tower. The top left-hand corner of the park below the “pepper pot” is designated for dogs.

Patch Fest

Summer festival held in William Clarke Park. There is live music and local food.

Places to Eat

The Reservoir

What comes across as a friendly local pub actually has a thai restaurant located within. They also do takeaways – meaning you can enjoy a drink whilst waiting for your takeaway to be prepared.

The Geese

Located at the top end of Southover Street, this vibrant pub has a great food and drink menu.

Places to Drink

The Southover

Located at the very top of Southover Street, this pub never used to have a name. Now it offers a quirky setting to offer craft beers and good quality food.

The Independent

This independently run pub (hence the name!) offers a wide selection of interesting ales, spirits, and 12 draught beers which change weekly meaning you can try something new each time you visit.

Starfish & Coffee

Located opposite the eastern entrance to Queen’s Park, the locally run establishment is perfect for brunch. Best Brunch Restaurant Awards Brighton 2018

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