Considered by many to be the coolest area in Brighton, Kemp Town is a bit away from the city centre (10/15 minutes walk west along the seafront or down St James’ Street to the Old Steine), and has its own village ‘High Street’, St George’s Road.
Luckily, Kemp Town retains the ‘essentials’ of a village: the Bank, Post Office, dry cleaners, vegetable shop, independent award-winning butcher, chemists, several corner shops and if you are out for lunch or dinner, there is a great choice of pubs and restaurants to suit most pockets. There are also some charming bric-a-brac and antique shops and the great Kemp Town Bookshop is not to be missed.
The houses and flats tend to date from the early to mid 19th century so have mostly now been updated. It’s not an area for gardens but you have the seafront and the South Downs on your doorstep as well as a great golf course, East Brighton, at the foot of the Downs. For other leisure pursuits, there’s the racecourse close by and Brighton Marina is just a short walk away. The Marina is perfect for boating enthusiasts and also includes a host of leisure amenities such as a large supermarket, a multiplex cinema, bars, restaurants, shops, a bowling alley and more. Despite the lack of large gardens this area is very popular with families – walking or cycling to most parts of Brighton is very easy from here…and flat to the centre!
COMMUTERS: From central Kemp Town Village area, it’s about 20 minutes’ walk to Brighton Station or 8-10 minutes on a bike or in a taxi. Buses take about 15 minutes.
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