In the 19th century, the luxury crescents of Kemp Town hosted the likes of Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. Now, Brighton’s eastern quarter (see also Central Brighton, and Hove) is famous as the city’s LGBTQ hub, where expressions of sexuality pulse from the shops, restaurants and bars of central thoroughfare St James’s Street. In Kemp Town, the city’s most vigorous nightlife cohabits with boutique hotels, upmarket delis and antiques shops, as well as the yachts and chain restaurants of Brighton Marina, while seafront promenade Madeira Drive throbs with vintage engines during the London to Brighton speed trials. A £100 million regeneration scheme is sprucing up Circus Street, but shouldn’t alter Kemp Town’s irresistibly seedy heart.
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