Why Move to Brighton?
Brighton is a seaside city in south-eastern England. It is prominent for its distinctive pavilion and vibrant cultural scene and has a reputation of being one of the most liveable cities in the United Kingdom.
Brighton has a flourishing digital sector, with over 1,000 digital and technology companies emerging in recent years. According to the University of Brighton, the local digital sector is growing faster than the national rate, with 20% of businesses in the city being in the creative industries. There are also more than 25,000 self-employed workers in the city. As the creative sector often works with customers overseas, there is also a demand for multilingual employees.
On sunny summer days, many visitors descend from London (which is only an hour away by train) to relax on the beach and enjoy the many bars, restaurants and nightclubs that Brighton has to offer. It is also a trendy city, known for its fantastic shops – especially in The Lanes, where you’ll find boutiques hidden in small alleys that are begging to be explored.
Trendy, vibrant and exciting, the city is a thriving multicultural centre that is large enough to encompass everything an expatriate wants, whilst being small enough to feel homely and comfortable. It also borders the stunning South Downs, which offers many opportunities for discovering the beautiful countryside of southern England at any time of year.
History of Brighton
During World War I, Brighton Pavilion was adapted as a clinic for Indian soldiers. Throughout the 20th century, facilities in Brighton consistently improved. In 1927, a playground was built in The Level, with the aquarium reconstructed in 1929. In 1936, a rock garden was opened in Preston Park. Prior to that, the borders of Brighton were extended and a containment wall was built from Black Rock to Rottingdean to avoid erosion from the sea.
In the 1930s, work began to clear the slums in the centre of Brighton. Many fishing huts appeared quaint, but were actually crowded, squalid and unhealthy. Following the demolishment of some slums in Circus Street, a new market was created in 1937. Some of the marginal neighbourhoods have since been replaced by four-storey apartments. The council also started to construct public housing, as well as building a farm in Whitehawk. Likewise, in the 1930s, the western flank of West Street was destroyed to extend the road. Many private homes were also built during this time, including those in Patcham, Falmer and Ovingdean.
In many ways, the post-war growth of Brighton was the continuation of the ‘Brighton fashion’ that attracted the Georgian upper classes. The growth of mass tourism has encouraged many Brighton companies to serve visitors. For example, inns and diners are plentiful. An important development of the post-war period was the creation in 1961 of the University of Sussex, designed by Sir Basil Spence. The University has acquired a solid academic standing and a reputation for excellence.
The best bet for the perfect respite is to find a fabulous restaurant, cozy pub or trendy bar – and Brighton is full of them!
There are so many places to eat in Brighton that it was awarded the best location for eateries and bars by readers of Conde Nast magazine. From vegetarian delights and brunches on the beach to elegant restaurants and good-value options, Brighton is bursting with all kinds of international cuisine on the menu. Of course, next to the sea are many seafood restaurants and ice cream shops. In total, Brighton has about 400 restaurants
It’s not just about the food, but you’ll also find fabulous cafes, bars and pubs: from afternoon tea to beachside drinks with friends, you can easily find the most convivial places to enjoy a drink or two. There are bars that serve killer cocktails, as well as pubs with cask and craft beers to quench any discerning thirst. The Brighton coffee culture is hard to beat and is perfect for people watching an event whilst sipping a drink and tucking into a tasty piece of cake.
If you’re looking for local drinks to try, the Sussex vineyards produce excellent sparkling wines that even rival Champagne. There are also many local based microbreweries and you can even try Brighton Gin.
From the shops of The Lanes and London Road to the exclusive boutiques of Hove and the renowned outlets at the Brighton Marina and Churchill Square, shopping in Brighton is unsurpassed.
Whether you want to sunbathe during a spring or summer shopping expedition – or relax in paradise with lots of shopping in the winter – Brighton offers some of the best shops on the South Coast at any time of the year.
The city also comprises a variety of markets and fairs, where it’s possible to collect vintage and retro gems, as well as locally produced handicrafts and food.
Brighton features classic landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion, with its famous domes and minarets. A trip to the beach is not complete without a walk along Brighton Pier, followed by a visit to Sea Life Brighton. The newest attraction locally is British Airways i360, which provides spectacular panoramic views of the city, sea and countryside. In addition to the Royal Pavilion, you’ll find a wealth of cultural delights from the Edwardian splendor of Preston Manor to the main exhibitions and art shows at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
In Hove, you can discover the important contribution that the area has made to the film industry at the Hove Museum or visit the Booth Museum of Natural History in search of birds, bones and insects. If you feel the need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, there are parks and lush green spaces to provide moments of tranquility. Preston Park is home to the Preston twins, who are believed to be the oldest elms in the country. Meanwhile, Hove’s St Ann’s Well Gardens is ideal for tree lovers and Stanmer Park is home to Eco Earth Ship and Stanmer House for a snack.
In addition to the variety of attractions in Brighton, you can also use the city as a base to explore the other attractions of Sussex. Whether you’re enjoying the views of the picturesque gardens of Borde Hill or getting friendly with the animals in Drusilla’s Park, there are many places to visit.
So, have you already decided? Be sure to visit Brighton for your next vacation. You’ll love every second!