A fashionable beach city located less than an hour's train ride from London, Brighton is famous for its laid back, bohemian atmosphere, as well as its pebble beach and its historic pier. Very much a gay-friendly destination, Brighton is also popular among vegetarians and vegans, who flock to the many health food cafes and restaurants to be found here. Shopaholics and fashionistas can have fun in ´The Lanes´ - a shopping district with a difference, with narrow streets and arcades packed with small independent stores and designer boutiques selling everything from vintage fashion finds and collectables to artisan cheeses and other gourmet goodies. The pier itself is great fun for the young and the young at heart, with its traditional fun fair rides and arcades.
Brighton is a top destination for anyone with an interest in boutique hotels, as they can be found in abundance here. The streets close to the beachfront are home to any number of chic, stylish lodgings offering luxuries such as spas and beauty treatments. There are also several major name chain hotels, catering largely to a business crowd and many traditional, family-run bed and breakfasts.
Brighton is less than an hour by train from London, with regular fast services leaving from London Victoria, London Bridge and London Blackfriars. The compact city centre is easily navigated on foot, while anyone looking to reach the suburbs can jump on a city bus or in a taxi. Air passengers arriving at London Heathrow or London Gatwick can take rail transfers via central London.