If you’re planning a trip to Brighton, then the Lanes are a must-visit location. With quirky shops, real ale pubs and a wealth of arts and culture, this unique destination is one of the country’s favourite shopping locations. If you’re heading to our Brighton antiques warehouse, it is definitely worth taking a trip to the Lanes, where you can see the history of this stunning town all around you and enjoy a unique Brighton shopping experience.
A step back in time
This historic district dates back to the 16th century when it was a part of the ancient fishing settlement of Brighthelmstone. The Lanes were increasingly developed during the late 1700s and had been entirely laid out in 1792. These narrow shopping streets feel like a step back in time, with lots of different periods of history on show. You can catch glimpses of Brighton’s past everywhere in the Lanes, from old hand-painted signs to 18th-century architecture to the oldest pub in the town, the Cricketers Arms, which dates back to 1545! The Lanes has a long history of commerce, from ancient fisheries to breweries to confectioneries. If you are a history lover, make sure to pick up a stunning antique from Patrick Moorhead, and wander the rows of artefacts and treasures from around the world.
A shopper’s paradise
The Lanes has long been a destination for those looking for unique purchases and one of a kind treasures. From antique jewellers to independent boutiques to contemporary art galleries, the Lanes is bursting with individual businesses who have flocked to this historic location. The Lanes is full of hidden gems, providing a welcome antidote to modern chains and soulless retail parks. Enjoy incredible window displays, handmade one-of-a-kind items and get lost in the twisting streets and narrow lanes. Book lovers will delight in the Lanes’ range of independent bookshops, stocking everything from limited edition works to the latest bestseller. It’s also perfect for fashion fans looking for items to stand out from the crowd.
A Creative Hub
Brighton is well known for its creative vibe and distinctive arts community. The Lanes is one of Brighton’s creative hubs, with live music echoing around its narrow streets. Enjoy buskers and street performers, playing everything from jazz to poetry. World-famous street artist, Banksy has left his mark too, make sure you see his ‘Kissing Policeman’ work. There are a host of art galleries to visit if you are looking for contemporary art or want to see more of the local arts scene.
Unique Eating Experiences
If you’re tired after a day of antique shopping and treasure hunting, the Lanes is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a drink, whilst soaking up the atmosphere of this unique destination. Eat al fresco if the weather is fine at one of the Lanes’ stunning independent restaurants. From luxurious fine dining restaurants to some of the country’s best vegetarian and vegan eateries, there is something for every taste. Brighton’s eclectic nature is captured in the diverse range of cuisines available, from French bistros to Chinese restaurants to Indian cafes to traditional English pub food.
For antique lovers, there is something magical about the Lanes, and this vibrant location is a perfect picture of Brighton’s commercial past and creative future. Make sure you also visit our stunning antique showroom in Brighton for a carefully curated shopping experience with only the most exquisite antiques and collectables. As Brighton’s leading antique dealer, we are proud of our historic town and strive to capture its eclectic appeal in our incredible range of antiques from around the world.