The North Laine neighborhood is a hidden gem of the vibrant city of Brighton. ‘The Lanes’ is a collection of streets that has more than 400 independent shops, cafes, pubs, galleries, and plenty more. Check some of the 10 best places to see and things to do when in the area.
The Brighton Dome is an arts venue that puts on some of the best cultural shows in the region. Located in a 200-year-old building, the history is just the beginning of the interesting things about this place. Every year, it puts on hundreds of different live events, from plays to concerts to poetry readings, as well as more visual events, like art showings as well as film and literature viewings. It is a huge supporter of the arts of Brighton and strives to inspire and engage people through art.
Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, UK, +44 1273 709709
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Museum, Train Station
Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Whether you’re bringing kids or want to indulge your own inner child, Brighton Toy and Model Museum is the place to visit. This museum has over 10,000 toys in its collection, with exhibits like model aircrafts, miniature replica 1930s society pieces and puppets. The museum does a great job of mixing more than a century of history with interactive and fun exhibits. Found underneath the Brighton railway station for easy access, this one is a sure bet on a rainy day.
Brighton Toy and Model Museum,
Vintage shops and flea markets
A bargain hunter’s dream come true, North Laine has some of the best vintage and flea markets in England. There are plenty of vintage shops to visit, but make sure to stop in at Snooper’s Paradise, which is chock-full of amazing vintage clothes, shoes, posters and more, or Beyond Retro to find an authentic 1960s go-go outfits. The North Laine Antique & Flea market is a favourite among the locals to find hidden treasures and great knick-knacks at a steal.
Books and music shops
Witness the culture of the North Laines with its great collection of used books and music shops along its colourful streets. The second-hand book shops offer great reads at a fraction of the price, while the several music shops have records and CDs from all different artists, bands and genres, so visitors can always find what they are a looking for. It’s possible to spend hours in these shops finding a new book to read or band to discover.
Enjoy a night out on town at the Theatre Royal. The theatre offers some great shows, from local ones to West End shows that travel down from London. Its shows range from Shakespeare to ballet to comedies to famous musicals, like Hairspray or The Rocky Horror Picture Show. From theatre savants to newcomers, there’s always something to see. The theatre has a wide variety of seating options too, so there’s no need to break the bank if you’re traveling on a budget.
Theater Royal, New Rd, Brighton, UK, +44 844 871 7650
The Green Door Store
For a taste of the nightlife, locals and visitors flock to the Green Door Store. This spot is a late-night bar, dance club and music venue all rolled into one. With plenty of events during the week and weekends, there is always something to do or see here. It offers some of the best live music in Brighton with bands from all over, plus there isn’t an entry fee.
Green Door Store, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton Train Station, Brighton, UK, +44 7944 693214
The Dynamite Gallery strives to bring art lovers unique and quirky art that’s not possible to find anywhere else in Brighton. The gallery has an eclectic collection of art from both local and international artists. It showcases new-age paintings, 3D-printed sculptures, jewellery and even some light installations.
Dynamite Gallery, 13 Trafalgar St, Brighton, UK
Built in 1878, St. Bartholomew’s is one of the great landmarks of Brighton. Not only is it one of the tallest parish churches in England (maybe even Europe), but the elaborate interior will take the breath away. The high ceilings are covered in gold mosaic and mother of pearl to create a sparkling reflection on the seating below. The church is even rumoured to be built in the same dimensions as Noah’s Ark. Visitors are welcome to a free tour during the week.
North Laine Brewhouse
One of the few breweries in Brighton, North Laine Brewhouse offers great food and delicious local beer. It brews many of its craft beer right on the premises, as well as offering plenty of other classic favourites on tap. The food menu has all the classic pub grub and even a bottomless brunch for those who like to start early. During the warmer months, head up to the rooftop seating area.
North Laine Brewhouse, 27 Gloucester Pl, Brighton, UK, +44 1273 683666
The Chilli Pickle
When searching for somewhere different to eat, look no further than the Chilli Pickle. This restaurant offers authentic Indian food in a lively communal spot. From its tandooris to Indian street snacks, customers will find something delicious to eat. It even packages its famous red chili jam, garlic pickle sauce, kasundi mustard, green chili pickle, and hot lime chutney so people can take it home with them.
Chili Pickle, 17 Jubilee St, Brighton, UK, +44 1273 900383