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May 3, 2013

We check into Brighton gay hotel Legends and check out the shopping, sights, sea and scene highlights

Brighton has always attracted the right sort. Way back in 1822, when the seaside city was just developing as a holiday capital, a servant from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, George Wilson, met a guardsman there in a pub called the Duke of Wellington.

Fancying the look of him, and probably knowing guardsmen were famously easy, he offered him a sovereign and two shillings to go to the beach together and ‘commit an unnatural crime’.

Not much has changed.

July 22, 2012

England’s south coast is easily accessible for a weekend mini-break in Shoreham-by-Sea, Brighton and Worthing

It was a sunny Saturday morning and we were up early to catch the train down to England's south coast.

We were staying with a friend in Shoreham-by-Sea, so it was an easy 90 minute journey from Farringdon station in the center of London.

Shoreham-by-Sea (or ShoBe as the locals seem to refer to it) is a quirky slice of English seaside, but has real appeal. The town center has a number of very nice cafes and coffee options - as we walked through we picked up some raspberry and almond friands from the recently opened Real Patisserie - amazing.

May 2, 2012

With the Stonewall Equality Walk and Brighton Festival this month, we check out the classic British seaside destination with an alternative, and very gay, edge

The GSN team will be taking to the streets of Brighton this Sunday (6 May) for a 10km charity walk to raise funds for Britain’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization, Stonewall.

The seaside city remains a favorite of London day-trippers, stag and hen parties, families seeking a traditional beach holiday, loved-up couples on a dirty weekend and, of course, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travellers.