A pocket-sized city with XL spirit, Brighton & Hove has never quite discarded its reputation for inventing the dirty weekend. But this micro-metropolis by the sea also has a trenchant arts scene, treasured live music venues, renowned independent shopping quarters The Lanes and North Laine, and a growing number of destination restaurants. The sea draws visitors to Central Brighton (see also Hove and Kemp Town) down from the station to the beach, where the gaudy Brighton Pier and skeletal West Pier now vie for attention with new tourist attraction, the i360. Central Brighton isn’t just a commercial zone. You’ll also find King George IV’s former pleasure palace, the Royal Pavilion, and neighbouring Brighton Dome arts complex, home of the Brighton Festival.
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