Information & Facts
The weather in Brighton and Hove is quite unpredictable but
generally winters are cold and wet, and summers are comfortably
warm with frequent showers. July and August are the warmest months,
while January and February are the coldest. However, temperatures
do not usually drop below 32°F (0°C) in winter. The best times to
visit Brighton are spring (May and June) and autumn (September and
Brighton and Hove has excellent rail connections from all over
the country; taking the train there from London Waterloo takes
about an hour. There is an excellent network of frequent bus
services for getting around the city, and taxis are also available
24 hours a day. Cycle lanes throughout Brighton and Hove make
cycling a quick and safe travel option. The Brighton and Shoreham
airports make the city easily accessible.
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Nightlife in Brighton and Hove is exceptional! This exciting
seaside escape, only an hour from London, is a vibrant social hub
year-round. With plenty of great restaurants, cafés, bars and
clubs, the party just keeps on rolling. During the day, and for a
great 'sundowner', head straight for Gemini Lounge and Beach Bar in
the waterfront's Kings Road Arches; the laid-back and very popular
Gemini's is an excellent spot to kick things off. Another early
evening must is Ali-Cats, an underground bar on East Street, which
shows free classic and indie-type movies on projector screens from
just before 6pm. The Hanover area has a great selection of pubs.
Back in the Arches, the Honey Club is a cool late night venue, but
not as cool as the Beach Club which has a more relaxed vibe. Both
feature international and house DJs mixing everything from 70s funk
to present day club anthems. So, put those party shoes on and head
into Brighton for the time of your life!
Mention shopping in Brighton and the first thing that springs to
mind is 'The Lanes!' And for good reason - the Lanes have been
operational in Brighton since the 17th century and today host an
assortment of boutiques, antique shops, jewellers and book stores,
as well as a few cafés and pubs. Here visitors can find anything
from kites, tribal textiles and hand-made crafts to vintage shoes
or funky fashion accessories. On East Street, near the end of the
Lanes, top-end retailers such as Jigsaw and French Connection can
be found trading popular, brand name clothing and accessories. In
the centre of town, the Churchill Square Shopping Centre offers a
selection of more affordable, high-street outlets such as H&M.
There are also various clothing, sports and home-ware shops to
enjoy along North Street and Dyke Road. The beachfront's Kings Road
Arches are home to a selection of shops and galleries featuring
original painting and sculptures produced by talented local
artists, and North Laine has a huge collection of record shops. For
more arts, crafts and collectables visit the Snoopers Paradise flea
market in the North Laine, or the market held at Brighton train
station each Sunday morning.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).