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Street art and shopping in North Laine Brighton

Brighton is of a hub for creative, arty types and nowhere is this better reflected than in the street art of the North Laine area. As explained in my last postthere are two types of ‘lanes’ in Brighton. The traditional lanes are filled with jewellery shops and coffee brewing cafes where as North Laine is peppered with unique boutiques and organic food stores. The two areas are only minutes apart in distance but worlds apart in ambiance and design. In North Laine the candy coloured buildings are broken up by bold spray painted visions, indeed North Laine is a joy to shop, eat and view.

You know you are entering the ‘hippie’ and ‘arty’ area of Brighton when this greets you.
I spotted this boom box electricity cover outside cute boutique Posh Totty Designs (great for hand-made keepsakes and gifts for new parents) on Bond Street but it seemed to be one of many decorated in this way in Brighton. I spotted another on the beachfront and also one outside Jamies Italian. I wonder if anyone knows how many there are in total?

Travel blogger Candace Rardon checks out this artwork of a mermaid frolicking by the Brighton Pier (I’m sure Candace’s shot is much better than mine!) This piece was hidden down a side alley but can’t help but catch the eye of passing tourists.

Every shop has it’s own unique look and candy colour. Trainers hanging from the phone lines gives the impression that a good time has been had. Look out for Starfish on Gardner Street if you have a penchant for vintage clothing and the Oxfam book shop on Kensington Gardens for a printed treat!

And then we have Pompoko. I have it on good authority from a Brighton resident (that’s you @Travelwithamate) that this is the BEST place to get Dim Sum in Brighton and possibly the whole world! It certainly seemed packed with locals whenever I passed – always a good sign.

So it seems Brighton is not your traditional British seaside town. I’m already planning my next sojourn there from the city!

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  • Toyin O.
    July 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Great pictures, this looks like a really great place to visit.

  • Emily
    July 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    That graffiti is awesome!

  • Jayne
    July 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks Toyin – it is a great place to visit, only an hour outside of London and yet I never knew it was there!I love the mermaid Emily 🙂

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    July 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Such an awesome looking place!

  • Jayne
    July 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    It is – you should go! When will you come to the UK Andi??!! 🙂

  • mr nicky grant
    September 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    the streetart is fab and there is room for a lot more. i go every week for the vibe. you will see me there so be sure to say hi.


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