Travel – Focus On – Brighton

Brighton’s Gay Scene


At the end of the eighteenth century Brighton attracted the interests of many men due to the huge numbers of soldiers based in and around the once small fishing town, during the Napoleonic wars. These men faced great hostility, as well as risking their lives, with numerous documented examples of brutality for those seeking same sex interactions.

Strict laws were enforced, executions of men found guilty of what were described as “unmentionable crimes” and regular attacks causing deaths at the hands of mobs were common place. These were extremely dangerous times; however the population along with the growing numbers of holiday makers who could make the journey down from London flourished. Access to the seaside with all of its delights and pleasures were taken advantage of. Even the then Prince Regent introduced Brighton to the world with his famous Royal Pavilion and the entourage of “Brighton Dandies”.

During the 1920’s – 30’s, Brighton had become a well-established gay / lesbian place to enjoy yourself and mix with likeminded others. Boys and girls had favourite venues in which to meet one another such as public houses or hotels.

EZX phoneBrighton is known today as an easily accessible seaside destination where people can come to relax, party and be themselves. There is a constant buzz where everyone is welcome, from hen nights and stag party’s to the pensioner’s day trips, as well as the famous London to Brighton event weekends. Mixing all the ingredients for an extremely lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere which includes of course a large vibrant gay community. This is celebrated every year with one of the most flamboyant Gay Pride events in the UK.

Brighton’s “gay village” can be found towards the East in the Kemp Town area of the city with a variety of venues being in and around St. James Street. These lead down to the seafront where you can find the Amsterdam, Charles Street, Club Revenge and the famous Brighton Pier.



The links below can be used to find further information on accommodation, bars, clubs, events, shops, etc.   



            Amsterdam      Charles-Street     Revenge

A guide to the Brighton gay scene, clubs, pubs, things to do, places to stay and where to party. Published in 2012…

Details for some of the many venues in Brighton & Hove are listed below.

Click on the venue name for more information:









Bar Broadway







Bar Revenge







Charles Street














Marine Tavern





















The Brighton Sauna







The Bulldog






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The Camelford Arms







The Paris House








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