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Real Freedom in Brighton

Aug 17, 2007
Brighton is the most enchanting, exciting, extraordinary seaside city in Britain. With its cosmopolitan air, oodles of restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast places, feverish nightlife and abundance of culture, the place defies comparison with anywhere else this side of the English Channel.

The glittering seafront to the east and Worthing Point to the west, basking in one of the sunniest climates in the country.

It is often described as London by the Sea, but this moniker does not do it justice. Brighton is about freedom. There is the obvious freedom provided by the wealth of leisure and entertainment facilities. The interweaving streets are lined with original and atmospheric bars, clubs and restaurants, and during the summer the beach front attains a festival like ambience on a daily basis.

The Pier, all flashing lights, funfair rides, candyfloss and cheeky good times. Just behind Brighton Pier look out for the acclaimed Sealife Centre.

The City Centre is the one of the best places to shop, eat and drink in the UK. Near the Clock Tower is where most of the major shopping chains can be found.

The Artists Quarter where you can buy individual one off pieces from prints and paintings to driftwood mirrors and wrought iron beds can be found along the pier.

Further along is the Fishing Museum, with a full size Sussex fishing boat and rare archive film of bathers at the turn of the century. There are stylish cafes, bars and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the view.

However, if you take a closer look beyond the hedonistic pleasures that Brighton has to offer, an astonishing diversity, warmth and sense of community shines through. There is real freedom here through expression of individuality, tolerance of different ways of life, and an invigorating entrepreneurial spirit. Whatever your interest, be it sport, theatre, eating out, clubbing or just strolling down the promenade taking it all in, Brighton will not let you go away disappointed.

The city has a thriving and diverse gay scene which ranges from leather bars, to country and western line dancing, to techno clubs. Brighton has long been known as the number one gay seaside resort in the south of England.

As well as the usual tourists and visitors Brighton also acts as a magnet for lesbians and gay men from all over the UK and abroad who are attracted by its bohemian atmosphere, easy going attitude and raffish air. This has led to one of the largest populations of lesbians and gay men in the UK. Much of the Brighton gay scene is concentrated in the Kemptown area of Brighton. Its here youll find most of the clubs, shops and bars so many in fact that Kemptown has become known as Brightons Gay Village.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Villa Rental Site
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