Brighton – Like London, But By the Sea, and Cheaper

Author: , December 22nd, 2013

Brighton, UK - photo by Becky Lucas, Sherman's Travel

Photo by Becky Lucas, Sherman’s Travel

By far the chicest, most cosmopolitan and most highly populated seaside resort in the UK, Brighton is famed for its creative spirit, liberal outlook, iconic piers and tooth-cracking candy. Its Victorian architecture, metropolitan style and growing number of resident commuters have all led to it being broadly known as “London by the sea.” With advance train tickets from the capital as low as $10, and a 45-minute journey time, a stopover during your next UK trip – armed with our insider tips – is a must.

Brighton is the epicentre of an ueber-hip, boutique bed and breakfast scene, with dozens of properties to choose from, all located just minutes from the beach. For quirky mock Tudor designs (look out for the bizarre gargoyles) and a handy central location, Hotel du Vin is great for both wine lovers, as its name indicates. It’s owned by a wine merchant, has a wine bar, and its own tasting room. It’s also great for lovey-dovey couples – or even better, wine-loving, lovey-dovey couples.

Alternatively, it’s fairly straight-forward to book an entire house if you’re traveling in a large group. Brighton is, after all, home to some of the country’s most boisterous bachelor and bachelorette parties. Airbnb always has lots of interesting sleeping options in this beautifully boho city.

Authored By Becky Lucas – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Brighton Pride in Photos

Author: , August 7th, 2013

Brighton Pride enjoyed another successful year yesterday with pop stars Paloma Faith and Stooshe wowing the audience in Preston Park and full representation from all the major political parties including local Conservative MP Simon Kirby, who wore a ‘Keep Calm and Marry On’ t-shirt. Many participants held signs reading ‘Brighton Pride Supports LGBT Russia’.

Authored By Anthony James – See the Photos at Pink News

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The United Kingdom’s Top Five Gay Friendly Cities

Author: , April 6th, 2013

EdinburghPlanning a trip to the United Kingdom? Gay Web Source has a list of gay friendly cities in the UK:

The UK is one of the best places to be gay thanks not only to laws protecting and promoting equality, but a fairly liberal-minded population. Saying that, there are definitely some cities that offer more for the gay traveler than others – here are five of them.

Manchester: While Queer As Folk may be over a decade old, there’s no denying that Manchester’s Canal Street is considered one of the finest places in the country for a gay night out. There really is something for everyone, with lesbian bars such as Vanilla and Coyotes, the all-male Eagle Manchester, or the very mixed and cheap as chips G-A-Y Bar. With many places to stay near the Gay Village you can party for as long as you want without having to worry about making it back to bed.

See the full list at the link above.

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Brighton Gay Pride Theme Announced for 2013

Author: , February 25th, 2013

Brighton PierOrganizers for this year’s gay pride in the charming seaside village of Brighton announced their theme for this year’s celebration, Pink News reports:

The theme for this year’s Brighton Pride has been announced as “Gay Icons,” which organisers hope will inspire parade-goers to create costumes ranging from Lady Gaga to Alan Turing. The celebrations will be held in Preston Park on Saturday 3 August, marking the 21st anniversary of the event.

…Paul Kemp of Aeon Events said: “There are so many important and influential people for us to celebrate as a community. They range from the most spectacular and celebrated stars of stage, screen and music to those who have changed the lives of the LGBT community and furthered equality through politics and sheer bravery.”

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UK: What to See in Brighton

Author: , January 20th, 2012

Brighton is located on the South coast of England. It is 47 miles south of London. Brighton is both a city and a resort along the coast. Brighton has the nickname “London by the Sea” because it is very popular with people who like books and music but do not want to live in London. The city is also known for it’s gay population. Brighton has two college universities in it, The University of Sussex, and the University of Brighton.

There are many ways that you can get to Brighton. You can travel there by car, plane, bus, or train. Since Brighton is such a populated city, it is difficult to drive around in. Once you are in Brighton, a popular way to get around is by bike. The city is very hilly, so the bike rides can be challenging, but fun. If you do not want to ride a bike around, you can take the train, taxi, or the bus.

There are many sights to see in the city of Brighton. The Brighton Pier is a great place to visit. It is also known as the Palace Pier. Brighton Pier has one owner, so you do not need to worry about shopping around for a better price when you are there. The pier is somewhat like an amusement park.

Full Story from Anglotopia

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A full afternoon exploring Brighton

Author: , October 16th, 2011

A full afternoon exploring Brighton
 |  Brighton, UK  |  Looking for alternative short day trips, during your next visit to London? Well you might as well consider Brighton. Only 50 minutes away from Victoria Station or London Bridge, to discover this vibrant and beach side destinations, where quality of life and outdoor social gathering is one of the highlights, to be at The Lanes, the Royal Pavilion Parks, Brighton Pier or the Gay District. > Check the Full Post and more at

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Gay Travel: Undiscovered Gems Beyond Brighton

Author: , June 7th, 2011

Brighton Gay TravelWith its quaint shops and restaurants, Victorian pier, pebble beach and numerous gay venues, you can be forgiven for staying put in Brighton – this Little-London-by-the-sea is a cornucopia of delights for the gay visitor. But to just stick to the usual haunts would be a mistake.

Just outside of the city there is beauty and adventure that the average tourist would miss. And the city itself has some surprises in store if you care to look. Here are some ideas:

1. Visit Lewes: The county town of Lewes (pronounced Loo-iss) makes for a pleasant day or afternoon trip. A short drive or bus ride from Brighton and you’ll be in an altogether more gentle place. There are craft shops, historic buildings (including a castle and Anne of Cleves’ House) and great little cafes. No trip to Lewes is complete without a bite to eat at Bill’s. The South Downs is on the doorstep so you can go all Town & Country by combining a visit to Lewes with a stroll in nature.

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UK: Brighton’s Fringe Tour Explores City’s Alternate History

Author: , April 22nd, 2011

Ric MorrisFor a small city Brighton has consistently punched above its weight. Home to Banksy street art and a thriving gay and lesbian community, it is the birth place of The Body Shop and also a Portuguese revolution.

One of many attractions is the Brighton Festival Fringe in May, which is one of the biggest cultural festivals in the world.

During the fringe a walking tour, which delves into Brighton’s more alternative history, will be running. Organised by Ric Morris, who is an associate lecturer at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, the Only In Brighton tour winds around the city’s streets.

Full Story from BBC

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Lesbian Couple Suing Brighton Hotel

Author: , April 21st, 2011

Brighton, England, UKA lesbian couple claim that a hotel manager in Brighton barred them from staying in a room together because they are lesbians.

Rebecca Nash, 22, and Hope Stubbings, 19, from Andover, claim that the manager of the Brunswick Square Hotel called them “rejects” when they complained.

In response, the hotel claimed the pair never had a booking and denied being anti-gay. A manager said that the building is full of gay couples during Pride weekend.

Full Story from Pink News

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Gay Brighton: Anything You Want it To Be

Author: , November 27th, 2010

Royal Pavilion - BrightonPeople come to Brighton for any number of reasons. The Prince of Wales (later to be Prince Regent and then George IV) came to Brighton to get away from his parents. He stayed on for many years. Today, visitors come to see his Royal Pavilion, the seaside palace that secured the city’s prestige. Others come for the sea, or for the famous pier.

Valerie Arkell-Smith (nee Barker), daughter of a much-respected British gentleman, came to Brighton dressed as a man. She caught a cab from Brighton railway station and headed for the Grand Hotel, where Valerie vanished forever and Colonel Victor Barker emerged.

And when the colonel married Elfrida Emma Haward at St Peter’s Church, Brighton, on November 14, 1923, the bride believed she was marrying the man of her dreams, or so she always claimed. Wherever the truth lies, Valerie/Victor remains Brighton’s most famous bridegroom.

Full Story from Sydney Morning Herald

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