Quaint narrow alleys and cobbled streets is this historic part of Brighton. The Lanes is a popular visit for locals and visitors alike. You can wander, window-shop and watch the buskers, enjoy a meal in one of the many bistros, cafes and restaurants, or have a drink in one of the excellent pubs in the area. It is also famous for its antiques and jewelry shops, as well as a number of fashionable clothes shops.
This ubiquitous shop believes in innovative design and is much more daring than the adult version. The staff are very friendly and are happy to help children choose outfits. Like sales at Gap everywhere, sales here are incredibly good value. There is one floor for baby clothes and one for children up to age thirteen. The larger sizes equate with a women size ten, so parents can pick up a few things for themselves.
H&M Kids cater for the tiniest to teens, with sizes up to 14 years, much to the disappointment of many parents. They make hard-wearing and good value children's clothes, with children firmly in mind. The designs are fashionable and many feature cartoon characters. Apart from the mandatory T-shirts and cargo pants, there are accessories, nightwear, swimwear and novelty umbrellas. The fitting rooms are sturdy, in case of temper tantrums, and there is a cartoon area to avoid these happening in the first place.
Known as Brighton's Bohemian quarter, North Laine is home to some of the best shops, pubs and cafes in the area. Local cafe culture thrives during the summer, with tables spreading out into the middle of the road in Gardener Street and fashions and sub-cultures competing in a vibrant atmosphere. There is an eclectic mix of antique warehouses, second-hand shops, glitzy boutiques and buskers. Snooper's Paradise in Kensington Gardens is the city's largest indoor flea market. There is also a Saturday morning market in Upper Gardner Street.
Bristling with activity day and night, Kemptown epitomizes the spirit of Brighton: lively, colorful and slightly seedy. This area of town is full of good pubs, bric a brac and antiques shops, B&Bs and interesting churches. At the eastern end are Sussex Square and Lewes Crescent, stunning white Regency town houses which have been the home to, among others, Lewis Carroll and Ozzy Osbourne. Kemptown is also the spiritual home of the city's large gay and lesbian community.
Once the bastion of British shopping, Marks & Spencer has had to revive its appeal on the high street. Along with three floors of textiles, luggage, horticulture, make-up and food, this store also has a coffee bar offering morning coffee and afternoon tea. Although Marks & Spencer have been updating their clothes collections, luring famous designers in the process, they have never lost sight of what built their reputation in the first place - good quality at reasonable prices. Their lingerie remains a must-have. Rarely does a shopper not find at least one article to suit their style at M&S.
This small shop is tucked away in a pedestrianised area near the Pool Valley Coach Station. Selling a variety of second hand designer clothes and end of line stock, Revisions sells Prada, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Dior, Galliano, Westwood and Armani among many others. Not just a place to buy great bargains, such as Louis Vuitton saddlebags and Gucci shirts, but also a place to make some money from your old clothes. The shop will act as an agent and take around 50 per cent commission from any sales. And you won't find any snobbery here - the staff are extremely friendly and helpful.
Difficult to miss, it has a large flag flying outside to announce its arrival in this classy area of town. The shop itself is very stylish, with spotlights shining on large photographs of male models. The suits here are exquisite and very modern, with a handsome price range. The staff will help you to complete the look with a two-tone shirt and tie combination. The more casual side of Reiss is very up-to-the-minute and trend conscious with cropped trousers, pink shirts worn open over white t-shirts and cream leather jackets. They offer an interest free charge account.
You'll find the Jog Shop at the end of the road which continues on from St James's Street. Obsessed with all that makes the jogging experience complete, they stock trainers, lycra shorts, vests and other clothing in Gore-Tex fabrics at excellent prices. This is either a hangout for joggers or they have plenty of staff, as there always seems to be a lot of people around sharing advice and information about local runs. (You'll find a variety of leaflets for the same purpose.) Other products on sale include energy supplements, knee supports and those all-important socks and blister recovery packs.