Brighton lies in East Sussex, England on the south coast of Great Britain. Modern Brighton is now a conurbation comprising Brighton, Worthing and Littlehampton, with a population of around 480,000 people from all walks of life.
Brighton is one of Britain's most popular holiday destinations, with a wealth of tourist attractions, perhaps most notably the Royal Pavilion, but also its Victorian pier, fairground attractions, pebbled beach and fantastic night life.
The Brighton gay community is one of the country's longest established gay communities with many local establishments specifically serving gay, lesbian and transgendered clientel. There are numerous gay pubs and clubs and mainly to the east of the railway station and down to the seafront. The Charles Street club opposite Brighton Pier and Brighton Dome are among the most popular night-life destinations.
Shoppers are spoiled for choice in this bustling city. There are all the main High Street chains that you would expect to find, but if you are looking for something different, Brighton is hard to beat. There are many independent shops that sell everything from flags and banners to designer clothes and shoes. There are plenty of vintage outlets here too, so that you are guaranteed to find something completely unique.
In 1997 Brighton and the neighbouring town of Hove were joined to form the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove, which was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the millennium celebrations in 2000. Brighton is sometimes referred to as London-by-the-sea.
Read more about Brighton in the About Brighton section.