The quintessential Hove image is of a neat row of pastel-coloured beach huts stretching along the seafront – quite a contrast with the rock shops and brash bars of central Brighton. Controversially united with Brighton in 1997, and archly distinguished by the phrase “Hove, actually”, Hove (see also central Brighton and Kemp Town) is where you’ll find the city’s chichi showrooms and organic gastropubs, artisanal eat-in delis and shabby chic cafés. Hove is also home to a carousel of celebrities, who cluster on Western Esplanade with its private beach, while superstar DJ Norman Cook now owns the café at seafront playpark and watersports centre Hove Lagoon. Reopened venue the Old Market has boosted Hove’s arts offer with top gigs and theatre.
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