In Brighton, the area occupied by the original fishing village has become
The Lanes — a collection of narrow alleyways now filled with a mixture
of antique shops, restaurants, bistros and pubs. That name was derived from
'Laine', which was apparently an old unit of Anglo-Saxon field measurement.
The North Laine area still keeps the original spelling. Hilly Laine, on the
east slope facing North Laine is now generally known as 'Hanover', such name
coming from the early nineteenth century terraces at the base of the hill:
Hanover Crescent, Hanover Terrace et al. named for the Hanoverian monarchy
of the day.
The biggest arts festival in England—the Brighton Festival—takes place in May each year.
Home of Students
Brighton is home to two universities, the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, as well as a public school, Brighton College. It is sometimes known as 'London by the Sea' because of its lively atmosphere and cosmopolitan nature and also because of the large number of visitors from London. In the summer, thousands of young students from all over Europe gather in the city to attend language courses. With its cosmopolitan air, oodles of restaurants, feverish nightlife and abundance of culture, the place defies comparison with anywhere else this side of the English Channel.
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