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Xmas Shopping in Brighton and the South Lanes

Staying for the weekend you can guarantee you’ll be tempted to get your Xmas shopping in Brighton, and if you only get as far as Churchill square you’ll have missed out!

On the same side of town, just down the hill towards the pier is one of the country’s best shopping areas: the South Lanes – or is it Brighton Lanes, or is it upper case at all? Commonly described as more ‘upmarket’ than its northern contemporaries – although we’d debate this – it’s a place where wandering and speculating will unearth a mini treasure trove of gifts.

Some of the smaller shops are truly independent, while through Duke’s Lane you’ll find more of the boutiques brimful of brands.

Xmas shopping in Brighton you’ll never be short of choice, but here’s 5 of our favourite retailers to help you with your last minute shopping.

Lush - East Street

Not independent in anyway as it’s a chain, but still a delight. Smells pour from its door, drawing in the passing unwashed and stink obsessed bath and soap lovers – stocking filler specialist.

England at Home 22B, Ship ST/ 59, Ship St

Fun and fashionable collections of gifts and home wares, mainly designer gear but still, it’s Xmas! And if you look out of the door of one shop, you’ll see the other straight opposite – and over you trot.

Custard, tasty.

Custard, tasty.

Custard 3, Union St

Gift and card shop Brighton style – so expect some adult humour and interesting interpretations of the regular Xmas card. If you are new to these shores and have a liking for British humour, check out the sufferable Modern Toss, as stocked here – offence guaranteed.

Peggs & Son 39, Duke St

Contemporary and casual gents wear, cool and well-collected Peggs & Son recently moved up the road and into a bigger store on Duke St. If I had to pick one men’s shop in the south Lanes on style alone it would be this one

C& H Westons 12, East Street

But it’s full of guns we hear you say, but look past to next door and you’ll find the only Barbour shop in town – (not barber shop, Barbour – the timeless British outfitter who’s designs are proper country style and all over fashion at the moment). Take a look at the real stuff – and if you really want a gun…

And there’s always Xmas shopping in Brighton North Laine style if you can’t till your boots here/ bags with boots and presents here.

Full them up, stay over in one of our Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton and head off once the weekend is finished.

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Top Cafés in Brighton No.6 – Café Coho

It’s been a long time coming this review. Especially considering we’ve been back to this next café 5/6 times in the last 3 months. So sliding easily into our slow-time review of cafes in Brighton is the fairly new Café Coho at 53 Ship Street.

Chunky funky

Chunky funky Coho

Greet location: just on the edge of the South Lanes, without being crushed into the rabbit warren, the café has a prime people spot.

Coffee – Ok, down to business. Union hand roasted is a top blend and we’ve always liked the delivery at Coho.

Space: upstairs has a good-sized table and spot on window view up the road. Service is good with the staff happy for you to run a tab for a few people and settle up later.

The food’s ok, nothing really special, but then again the ploughman’s sandwich was great and there are plenty of midday sarnies and snacks to feast on.

As a quick drop back off the high street and option to the chain store coffee bars it’s well worth a try. Bare stone walls add to the chunky modern feel – and it would make a great spot for a reception…

Christmas shopping in Brighton and it’s all getting too much, step out of TKMax – we know you go there – and turn left towards the South Lanes, Coho’s just around the corner , can’t miss it.

We’ll be upstairs; it’s our favourite spot.

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Xmas shopping in Brighton and the North Laine area

Whether you’re doing your Xmas shopping in Brighton out of retail love or necessity, it doesn’t matter. That’s because there’s no other city in Sussex that can match Brighton when it comes to variety. So, tourists staying the weekend in Brighton or locals looking for Xmas bargains, it’s the place to visit.

Brighton's North Laine

Brighton's North Laine

Rather than list the obvious choices, we’ve pulled together some of the alternative shops found in the North Laine area that have taken our eye. Let’s face it, the major chains are everywhere so lets look for the Christmas gifts among the oddball outfitters that make shopping in Brighton such a special experience any time of the year.

Junkfunk – Gloucester Road

Top of our list for Xmas gifts. Clever, design-inspired odds and sods, original T-Shirts and clothes for both sexes, and packed with gift ideas. Contemporary – but without being miles up its own backside – and friendly staff. We like the vintage reproduction posters and stationary.

Gresham Blake - Church Street

Tailor to the stars and owner of an excellent frontage (we’ve been told), Gresham Blake specialises in bespoke clothing for both men and women. Not on everyone’s Xmas shopping list, however, take a look at their accessories. Excellent quality and ever creative, there’s wallets, ties, scarves and hats that you’ll not find anywhere else – and the tweed fitted ladies suit in the window, fantastic!

Cyberdog – Sydney Street

Suitably juxtaposed with Gresham Blake, Cyberdog is off the conventional clothing radar. Expect sci-fi inspired, cyber creations backed with a club soundtrack. It’s techno funk, future shock chic – devised by a space Chihuahua. You need to pop in.

One in the house – Trafalgar Street

Worth a visit just to walk around. It’s as much of an artists’ gallery as a retailer, and the presentation of furniture on the first and second floors is incredible. Patron of local artists, and retailers of intricate trinkets and delicate objects of desire.

Ooh La La – North Road

Name says it all. Outfitters for a very naughty Santa and his object of desire…

Looking for more information for your Xmas shopping in Brighton trip? Check out the North Laine Traders Association site shopping site and our deals on Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton if you want a bargain.

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Shopping in Brighton? Pick up a dinosaur

Leaving a hotel in Brighton off on a little shopping trip? The temptation must be to get the kids doing something they love while you get right into the retail.

Natural History Museum

Bringing real dinos to Brighton

Well, shopping in Brighton’s about to take an unexpected twist next month, one which will have every member of the family excited: Dinosaurs are coming to town!

And they will be allowed in Churchill Square, thanks to an event set up in conjunction with the Natural History Museum – so don’t think for a minute these will be moth-eaten waxworks – this is the real deal, provided by the museum’s touring exhibition.

Star of the show is likely to be T-Rex. At more than four metres long and six metres tall, this pre-historic predator will dominate proceedings.

Although, the vegetarian option – an armour-plated Ankylosaurus – will also draw gasps from the kids, distracted from shopping in Brighton by the size and complexity of the plates of bone grown into its hide.

Shopping for a dinosaur?

Shopping for a dinosaur?

Dotted around Churchill Square there will also be ‘touch and feel’ boxes to keep visitors busy, as well as a real T-Rex skull. And if dinosaur junior is getting a little too excited, there’s always the intimidating Oviraptor, a six-foot, bird-like dinosaur that used to pick up and carry off children – especially the disruptive ones…

There’s plenty here to keep imaginations driven wild, as Churchill Square’s Marketing Coordinator, Tara Philips pointed out: “The exhibition promises to be a truly lifelike experience which aims to transport people back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the land!”

Churchill Square is probably the best place to start shopping in Brighton: As well as being home to the bigname brands, it’s central, served by just about all the bus routes and links through to a multi-story car park.

The Dinosaur Encounter exhibition runs from 1st July to 4th September 2011 at Churchill Square Shopping Centre – and don’t worry about finding a Spendalotasaurus, the exhibition is completely free!

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Gladrags and handbags: it’s Brighton Fashion Week

Brighton has always been a fashionable place. Hotels in Brighton have long hosted designers, stylists and photographers keen to shoot here. And we know the shopping in Brighton out of this world!
So, when it comes to Brighton Fashion Week, it’s no surprise that we’ve got a fabulous fashion designer and pattern cutter, Masato, staying with us in our Brighton bed and breakfast.
What’s in your mix for Brighton Fashion Week?
Brighton is like my home town as my first place to live in UK. It’s a feeling that Brighton gets people’s heart to visit or live. Its my pleasure to come home and show my collection in Brighton.
How do you describe your style?
I want them to be real and comfortable. It would be nice if a girl in my clothes is in the jazz bar somewhere for a night out.
This summer, what’s hot and what’s not for looking cool on Brighton beach?
Doing whatever you want to do on the beach with your friends. Smiling is much better than looking hot.
Seen anything special in the madcap mix of styles of Brighton?
Your one summer styling tip for guys and one for girls:
For guys including me, we must get cool t-shirts. For girls, let’s wear skirts more.
Why should people come from London to go shopping in Brighton?

Brighton has always been a fashionable place. Hotels in Brighton have long hosted designers, stylists and photographers keen to shoot here. And we know the shopping in Brighton out of this world!

Masato soon to be showing in Brighton

Masato soon to be showing in Brighton

So, when it comes to Brighton Fashion Week, it’s no surprise that we’ve got a fabulous fashion designer and pattern cutter, Masato, staying with us in our Brighton bed and breakfast.

Busy preparing for the show, we caught up with him:

What’s in your mix for Brighton Fashion Week?

Brighton is like my home town as its my first place to live in UK. It’s a feeling that Brighton gets in people’s heart to visit or live. It’s my pleasure to come home and show my collection in Brighton.

How do you describe your style?

I want them to be real and comfortable. It would be nice if a girl in my clothes is in the jazz bar, somewhere for a night out.

This summer, what’s hot and what’s not for looking cool on Brighton beach?

Doing whatever you want to do on the beach with your friends – Smiling is much better than looking hot!

Your one summer styling tip for guys and one for girls:

For guys including me, we must get cool t-shirts. For girls, let’s wear skirts more.

Seen anything special in the madcap mix of styles of Brighton?

Definitely the mapcap Jess Eaton! (she’s showing again this year)

Why should people come from London to go shopping in Brighton?

Shopping is not only  about buying something. Take your friends to Brighton for shopping and have a fun. I promise that it will be one of your favourite days-out!

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Shopping in Brighton? Bag a bargain

It’s often thought people visiting Brighton are only here for the sun and fun. Well, there’s another reasons hotel rooms in Brighton are full week-on-week: Shopping!

In the first of a new series we are looking at the boutiques that make Brighton the south coast’s shopping destination of choice!

Porta Bags

As a new business, Porta exemplifies the bespoke Brighton shopping experience. Shockingly, before April 1st 2010, there were no stores dedicated to selling fashionable handbags in Brighton. What! So, its little wonder you find tourists and locals taking a good long look in the window!

Shopping in Brighton: Unique and Boutique

Shopping in Brighton: Unique and Boutique

Where is it?

Situated in Bond Street, North Laines, Porta is limited only by its size. Inside you’ll find an intelligently created layout where bags are featured, not piled high.

Few shoppers enjoy a pushy ’sales experience’. Well, assistant manager David has the perfect antidote to the fake world of snivelling sales mantras: be natural.

Here’s a man who knows he’s onto a good thing: the bags are exceptional quality, in a great location, priced really well and when he offers a word to help, it is to help – he clearly loves his products, so if you want to find out more you’ll be happy to ask – he won’t be pestering you.

What’s it got?

Arm candy

Arm candy

For bag fans – I’m not one, but still found some lovely laptop cases downstairs – there are designs from “Coccinelle” and “Ameko”; the vintage Italian butter leather, handmade “Lie down I think I love you” Sweetheart collection; as well as the ever-so on trend “Nica” and “Mischa Barton” bags.

If that’s not enough, you’ll soon spot funky stuff from “Red or Dead”; quirky styles from the “Zandra Rhodes handbag collection”; Eel skin bags, clutches and purses from London brands “Bobelle” and “Makki” and the timeless shapes of “Ri2k”.

Guys are also catered for with great men’s bags from “Skyve and Tool”, “Simon Carter”, “Ashwood” and the Italian “Giada pelle“.

There’s an equal spread of glam bags (upstairs) and stylish utility satchels (downstairs). The only criticism is of the display on the stairs, with the bags hanging off of the lights.

“I want to make Porta the ultimate bag destination in Brighton,” David told me. Well, he may have already done it!

New stuff?

Looking to come winter shopping in Brighton? Porta’s expecting deliveries from “Nadia Lala”, “Hobo”, “the Cambridge Satchel Company”, “Aftershock”, “Miss Budd”, “David Jones” and the best selling and hugely popular brand “Fiorelli”.

Every weekend there’s a bed in a hotel room in Brighton piled high with designer bags, and why not? Try shopping in Brighton after the nightmare of chasing labels in London; you won’t be disappointed!

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The Five Fingers of Brighton

We Love Brighton

Still lovin' it!

So, you made it! It’s going to be another crazy weekend in Brighton. This weekend the town comes out and shows its true colours. There will be fun and games aplenty.

But if you are here for the first time, there are a few premiere spots you should take a look at. We’ve put together a slightly sideways look at the city : The Five Fingers of Brighton.

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The ‘My Brighton’ blog prize

Fancy a free weekend in Brighton? Of course you do. All you need to do is to prepare a 300-word blog, send it in and the best entry wins. Simple!

The title is My Brighton and there are four 2-night breaks available, one for each category below:

Under 15’s

Individuals, Couples and Singles

Group

LGBT

Enjoy writing? Your blog could win a free weekend in Brighton!

Enjoy writing? Your blog could win a free weekend in Brighton!

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Everyone’s coming to Brighton!

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

It’s official: Brits are staying at home! The latest government statistics prove that more than ever, British people are choosing Brighton over Bologna.

There were 11 million fewer trips made to foreign countries from 2008 through 2009, and 15 per cent fewer trips abroad for holidays.

That’s because it’s so good here! Take Brighton for instance: We have had three weeks of glorious weather – it’s only rained once, and that was in the middle of the night!

The beach has one of the highest cleanliness ratings, there are half a dozen parks to enjoy, and as for the nightlife, it really is second to none.

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After Gok, Brighton rocks! It’s Brighton Fashion Week!

It's style time

It's style time

This week saw the visit of stylist to the masses Gok Wan, when he awarded prizes at the University of Brighton’s fashion show.

It’s really no surprise that the TV celeb was drawn to the coast; there is so much good fashion in this town and people always travel from London to shop. It’s true.

Well if you are visiting Brighton this week, or are a local who can shop till you drop, you are in for a treat.

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