The English Language Centre, founded in 1962, is an independent not-for-profit school with a long tradition of providing quality English language teaching in a friendly, professional environment.
Since the fast train link-up with London, many writers, journalists, architects and designers have made Brighton their home and commerce has grown. The once “alternative” city has become trendy and cosmopolitan without losing its character and quirkiness. It has something for everyone: sea, sunshine, festivals, galleries, museums, markets, film, theatre, coastal walks, sport, shopping and nightlife.
Brighton & Hove flourished as a health and bathing resort from the 18th century onwards. The arrival of the railway in 1841 brought day-trippers from London and rapid growth. Today, the conurbation of Brighton & Hove, Worthing and Littlehampton has around half a million inhabitants.
The most famous landmark is the Royal Pavilion, a former royal palace notable for its oriental architecture and interior; the 19th century Palace Pier, home to a funfair, restaurants and arcade halls, and the Brighton Clocktower, built for Queen Victoria's jubilee. Brighton is rich in Georgian, Regency and Victorian architecture: explore the narrow streets of fisherman’s cottages and grand terraces and squares.
See the seafront on the world’s oldest electric railway, which runs along the pebbled beach from the Pier to Brighton Marina, or enjoy fish and chips in newspaper while strolling along the broad promenade with its landscaped gardens and crazy golf. Throughout the year, residents, tourists, university and language students mix and mingle in the beachside bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the streets leading back from the sea.
Top bands appear at the Brighton Centre, West End shows play at the Theatre Royal, and a programme of world music, opera and ballet runs through the year at the Brighton Dome.
The Brighton Festival and Fringe are the UK’s biggest arts festivals outside Edinburgh, and the city also plays host to the Great Escape, Europe’s leading new music festival. And twice a year 200 local artists open their homes and studios to visitors for Artists Open Houses.
Shoppers and sightseers love the romantic charm of The Lanes, a pedestrian area of narrow passages crammed with craft stores, fashion boutiques, jewellery designers and antique shops.
With everything within one square mile, it’s easy to get around. English language students will have the rich tapestry of Brighton life night and day right on their doorstep.