The North Laine is Brighton’s best kept secret – the place the Brightonians shop, eat and relax. A collection of over 400 colourful, independent businesses – you’ll spend many happy hours wandering and exploring, shopping and eating – we know you’ll love it.

Arriving is easy! The North Laine sits just below Brighton Station – the best way to arrive in the city and find your way to the beach and beyond. Within our area you will find Brighton Pavilion and the Cultural Quarter – click on our map to see more detail.

What's in a name?

Laine is a word of Anglo Saxon origin, used locally to describe large arable fields which used to cover the land in Brighton and the surrounding areas.

The large field that made up the North Laine was once occupied by five open farming plots. Each of these plots were subdivided into smaller fields and strips of land. The layout of the streets is based on the access tracks that used to divide the farming plots before the area started to be developed in the 19th century. So now you know!


This website is maintained by the North Laine Traders Association. 

The NLTA has existed for over 20 years and brings together many of the independent businesses in the area. We have put this site together to let everyone know about this fantastic area of Brighton - we hope to see you here soon.

If you are a trader, please see our membership page.