My local area is great! I live in the Seven Dials area of Brighton. It is ‘actually’ Hove, this is a local joke as people define between Brighton and Hove. Although I am in Hove ‘actually’, my nearest station is Brighton, a mere 7 minutes walk. Seven Dials is an area that leads into seven different areas of Brighton, one being the sea! We are less than 10 minutes walk to the sea and into Town and all the main attractions, including the Laines and Lanes (you will find out the difference). My house is in a very quiet area, which is safe and full of green parks. We can drive to the South Downs in 5 minutes where there are spectacular views of Brighton and the South East, weather dependent of course.
In Brighton, as I am a member of the Hilton gym, I often take my students for a swim and spa if they like, this is right on the seafront. We also take bikes out, there are many bike lanes in Brighton so it is safe and a fun way to explore. I have lived in Brighton for almost 20 years, I brought up my three children here and they all loved it. The family are now living in Shoreham, so I visit there and do add this to my list of interesting places to go. Shoreham has a lovely beach and a house boat community, I often take out my daughter’s French Bulldog Blu for walks on Shoreham beach. I have a car and drive to explore the less known places of interest on the outskirts of Brighton which include, fun pools in Burgess Hill and Worthing, with skating rinks and discos in Worthing. We also have indoor rock climbing centres for any enthusiasts or those who would like to try, there may be an extra cost here but it’s worth it, I had a student from Switzerland who went there everyday in his free time. There are great areas for any filming or photography enthusiasts, this can be used as an English language project and students often enjoy working on a mini film production or photographic story gallery whilst they study.
There are a host of wonderful unique cafés in Brighton, avant-garde, community and posh! The city is teaming with restaurants of all types and vegan delights for those that way inclined. Brighton is a great place to shop for unusual gifts and retro clothing from our local open markets as well as all the designer wear shops in the town centre.
There are some sporting activities held at The Lagoon in Hove, which teaches Kayaking and boating (extra cost) and also in Brighton there are sea front activities on the Lawns and the sea front. Brighton is very busy during the summer season and has a vibrant atmosphere with a lot of young people and a very diverse community. the nightlife is booming, I’m a little old for that but my kids have had a ball! There is so much to do from, open air theatres in the park, The Brighton Pavilion, the world renowned, Brighton Festival and music festivals and street entertainment. The marina is lovely when the sun is out, a great place for an ice cream and a walk with beautiful views of the bay. I love Brighton and everybody who lives here feels the same, it is a unique city by the sea. Of course I am a born and bred Londoner and I love my hometown too, I will be more than happy to show you London, at least parts of it, past students have enjoyed trips to Covent Garden and Camden which is my actual home town, so you will get an insider perspective.