Know your ‘hoods
Brighton’s a big place, and we’ve therefore split it up into neighbourhoods to make searching for the best watering holes that little bit easier. But how do you know which hood is which? Here we run down the many ‘hoods of Brighton to give you an idea of where we’re talking about:
The Lanes – This popular area of small streets and tucked away alleys is right in the centre of the city so sees a lot of pedestrian traffic. It represents the Brighton of old, when it was first settled as Brighthelmstone, although the Lanes we know today were built up in the late 18th century. The area is roughly defined as spanning from East Street in the East through to Ship Street in the West, bordered on the North by North Street and on the South by Kings Road.
The Seafront – Not so much a district as an unavoidable geographical feature, Brighton’s long stretching seafront plays host to many a trendy bar and nightspot, from the Concorde 2 in the East all the way up to the Blue Lagoon in the West.
Kemp Town – Originally a 19th century Regency housing estate built by local politician Thomas Read Kemp, the name has since been taken to refer to the wider region of East Brighton where the original Kemp Town is located. It stretches from the Eastern edge of the Old Steine in the West all the way up to Black Rock at its Western extremity. The South side is bordered by the sea whilst the Northern end is bordered by Edward Street/Eastern Road.
Hanover and Queens Park – Bohemian and trendy Hanover is popular with students and artists whilst nearby Queens Park lays claim to a number of very grand and expensive properties. Broadly defined as extending from Edwards Street/Eastern Road in the South all the way North to Elm Grove with Grand Parade marking the Western edge and Whitehawk Hill separating it from Whitehawk and the Bristol Estate in the East.
Elm Grove – Sometimes bundled in with the Hanover area (as it is in council election wards) we’ve treated Elm Grove as a district in its own right due to the size of the Hanover and Queens Park area and its high density of pubs. For the purposes of our guide we take Elm Grove to be the area North of Elm Grove road up to Bear Road with Lewes Road on the Western edge and Tenantry Down Road marking the Eastern end.
Lewes Road, Moulsecoomb and Bevendean – Moulsecoomb and Bevendean are housing estates off Lewes Road in the North East of the city which we’ve bundled in with the busy Lewes Road area because it’s easier that way. Moulsecoomb is also the name of the station that serves this area.
North Laine – Not to be confused with The Lanes, the North Laine area is a similarly dense collection of scattered lanes and alleyways which is located between North Street in the South and Trafalgar Street in the North, with Queen’s Road and Gloucester Place marking the Western and Eastern ends respectively.
London Road – A once proud shopping district that has seen better days, London Road is one of the city’s major arteries and lends its name to the area immediately surrounding it on East and West, before the road becomes Preston Road further North.
Patcham, Hollingbury and Withdean – All are names of areas to the North of the city, focused around Preston Road and its confusing change back to London Road at the Northern edge of the city. It is home to Withdean Park and Hollingbury Park.
Preston Park – One of the city’s biggest parks lends its name to the area immediately surrounding it on all sides.
Town Centre – Although the Old Steine, Lanes and North Laine districts are all very central we’ve taken the term Town Centre to refer to the area surrounding the main Brighton station which is dense with pubs but doesn’t have its own distinctive neighbourhood name, as well as the Eastern end of Western Road where Churchill Square Shopping Centre can be found. It includes the busy Queen’s Road down to the Clock Tower where it turns into West Street.
Seven Dials – Named after the roundabout connecting seven roads to the North East of the city centre, this area is popular with young professionals due to its proximity to the station and has a distinct and unique character all of its own.
Hove – As you travel West along Western Road from the city centre, you wouldn’t know it but somewhere between Norfolk Road and York Road you’ve strayed in Hove, actually. Hove was once a town in its own right but is today the Western end of the city that is now Brighton and Hove. It encompasses Aldrington, Hangleton and West Blatchington and stretches as far West as Portslade and as for North as the city limits. One day I will split this into separate districts but as I don’t know Hove so well I’m bundling everything West in together.