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Regency Square is a large early 19th-century residential development on the seafront in Brighton, part of the British city of Brighton and Hove. Conceived by speculative developer Joshua Hanson as Brighton underwent its rapid transformation from fishing village to fashionable resort, the three-sided "set piece" of around 70 houses and associated structures was designed and built over a ten-year period by Brighton's most important Regency-era architects: the partnership of Charles Busby, Amon Wilds and his son Amon Henry Wilds. The site was originally Belle Vue Field—used at various times as a military camp (mentioned in Pride and Prejudice), a showground and the location of a windmill.The square was a prestigious, high-class development, attracting the social elite. The square gradually lost its prestige status after the First World War as hotels started to move in. The square's central garden, originally private, has been council-owned since 1884 and is publicly accessible, and an underground car park was built beneath it in 1969.Most of the buildings in and around the square have been designated Listed buildings: six blocks of houses are each listed at Grade II*, the second-highest designation, while five other residential buildings, a war memorial, a nearby inn and a set of bollards outside it have each been given the lower Grade II status. The house at the southwest corner is now numbered as part of King's Road but was built as part of Regency Square, and is also Grade II*-listed.
The Royal Albion Hotel is a 3-star hotel in the seaside resort of Brighton, part of the English city of Brighton and Hove. Built on the site of a house belonging to Richard Russell, a local doctor whose advocacy of sea-bathing and seawater drinking helped to make Brighton fashionable in the 18th century, it has been extended several times, although it experienced a period of rundown and closure in the early 20th century. A fire in 1998 caused serious damage, but the hotel was restored.The Classical-style building is in three parts of different sizes and dates but similar appearances. Large pilasters and columns of various orders feature prominently. Amon Henry Wilds, an important and prolific local architect, took the original commission on behalf of promoter John Colbatch. Another local entrepreneur, Harry Preston, restored the hotel to its former high status after buying it in poor condition. The building took on its present three-wing form in 1963. The original part of the building was listed at Grade II* by English Heritage for its architectural and historical importance, and its western extension is listed separately at the lower Grade II.HistoryBeginningsThe site itself is connected with the life and career of Richard Russell, a doctor who advocated sea water as a cure of ailments. After Russell's death in 1759, Old Steine developed as the centre of fashionable life in Brighton. Russell House, as it became known, was used as lodgings for visitors such as the Duke of Cumberland, and later became an entertainment venue with activities such as a puppet theatre, a camera obscura and resident jugglers.
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Let us take you on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rockpool experience.
As well as being able to ride the UK’s first Glass Bottom Boat, have a fascinating Behind the Scenes Tour and join in with our free interactive rockpool experience where you can touch crabs and starfish, there is another new feature for 2014 – Rainforest Adventure!
Underneath the rainforest canopy, discover something amazing as you come face to face with one of the world’s largest species of snake. Climb through mangrove roots to join more inhabitants of the rainforest such as deadly piranhas and poisonous dart frogs.
Free talks and feeds are available throughout the day to learn about the creatures and how you can help Sea Life with their conservation efforts.
*An additional charge applies for the boat and Behind the Scenes tour.
The Lanes are a collection of narrow lanes in Brighton, in the city of Brighton and Hove famous for their small shops (including several antique shops) and narrow alleyways.HistoryThe area that is now the Lanes was part of the original settlement of Brighthelmstone, but they were built up during the late 18th century and were fully laid out by 1792 which was after the supposed benefits of sea water had been made public by Dr Richard Russell of Lewes but before the Prince Regent made Brighton one of his homes by developing the Royal Pavilion.BoundariesThe Lanes are commonly taken to be bounded by North Street to the north, Ship Street to the west and Prince Albert Street and the north side of Bartholomew Square to the south. The eastern boundary is less well-defined and can be considered either East Street or Market Street.Meeting House LaneMeeting House Lane is one of the wider lanes which meets with the busy shopping road of North Street and eventually winds around to Market Street. The north end of Meeting House Lane meets North Street a few yards down the road from the southern end of North Laine which is not part of The Lanes.Dukes LaneUnlike many of the other lanes in this oldest part of Brighton, Dukes Lane, which leads off of Duke Street, was a "reproduction street" constructed in 1979 and is relatively new.
Take a flight to the skies and see Brighton and Sussex as you have never seen them before! Glide up slowly to 450ft high to enjoy breathtaking 360° views of up to 26 miles from the world’s tallest moving observation tower and the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye.
British Airways i360 has a fully enclosed, aerodynamically shaped, futuristic glass viewing pod with room for up to 200 visitors to move around in and admire the views from different angles.
British Airways i360 pod houses the Nyetimber Sky Bar, the most unique bar in the UK. The beach building, at the base of the tower, includes The Belle Vue Brighton restaurant; a shop and fully flexible hospitality rooms. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the West Pier Tea Room, located in a reconstructed 1866 West Pier toll booth.
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The ongoing work of the West Pier Trust is to investigate the creation of a new contemporary West Pier for Brighton which complements and enhances the character of the city.
We are committed through education and conservation to preserving and celebrating the history of the West Pier. We are also responsible for the remains of the pier and the administration of the site.
As proud landlord of British Airways i360, we believe this brilliant new landmark for Brighton is a worthy successor in design and engineering terms to the West Pier and confirms the city’s reputation for innovative world class architecture. It will undoubtedly play a significant role in the regeneration of the seafront, boost the city’s economy and make a future new West Pier more likely.
A focal point of the landscaping on either side of the i360 will be a restored 1866 octagonal kiosk which was salvaged from the pier in the late 1990’s.
The Theatre Royal, Brighton is a theatre in Brighton, England presenting a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, along with performances of opera and ballet. In recent years, catering to a wider demographic, The Theatre Royal Brighton has chosen to offer an alternative to a Christmas pantomime, which it historically performed, replacing the such shows with hits such as Spamalot (2011), The Rocky Horror Show (2012), and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2013). It also regularly hosts performances during the city's annual Brighton Festival: in 2016 these included the world premiere of a play written and directed by Neil Bartlett, Stella, and the world premiere of The Complete Deaths (a play featuring all of the onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare) by the comedy group Spymonkey and Tim Crouch.HistoryIn 1806 the Prince of Wales gave Royal Assent for the theatre to be built and it opened on 27 June 1807, with a performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. It struggled until the theatre was purchased in 1854 by actor Henry John Nye Chart, who engaged theatre architect Charles J. Phipps to begin a programme of expansion and redevelopment.