An iconic, cosmopolitan and unusual area of Brighton, Kemptown is a very flamboyant location that represents the liberal attitude of Brightonians and it’s definitely worth a stroll through.

Tourism plays an important part in the life of Kemptown and a number of exclusive “boutique hotels” have emerged with themed rooms and cocktail bars.

There are great bric and brac stores, interesting shops (not chain stores!) from antique shops to arty ones, lovely book shops, cafes, delis, restaurants, pubs and buildings to look at with fantastic sea views. St James St has funky cafes, bars and restaurants and generally Kemp town is very chilled and a great place to spend the day.

Art is represented in the vibrant and modern Kemptown, with a number of antique, crafts, painting and sculpture shops on St. James’s Street and beyond, into the Kemp Town village itself. During the Brighton Festival, several artists in the area take part in the Artists’ Open Houses scheme when there is public access to some of the neighbourhood’s quirky properties with art on display.

This east Brighton location is very close to the seafront, coast road and City centre. The Brighton Pier, Royal Pavilion and Sea Life Centre are a short walk away and there are regular buses travelling to various Brighton outskirt locations such as Rottingdean where there are great tea rooms.