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Breaking the Law of Hove

A personal view of Hove by jingoistic resident Erica Smith


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Smith's Law of Hove is as follows:

"No-one ventures further into Hove than the street in which they reside." 

Many residents of Hove still lead lives which are so Brighton-centric that 
they do not even know the name of the street one block to the West. 
I am so bored by that oft-repeated phrase uttered at dinner-parties and 
gatherings like a mantra - 'I live in Brighton, well, Hove actually' - that 
it is time to raise consciousness. 

Residents of Brighton and Hove - gentlefolk and youth join together and surge 
Westwards -  break the law of Hove - say it loud 'Hove and PROUD!'. 

From the bohemian streets of Brunswick and Lansdowne to the genteel but 
distressed Villas of Osborne and Medina, think about the positive aspects 
of Hove. Here are some of my personal favourites. 

  • 1 - Old people live in Hove. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with 
    teenagers and students, but the distinct lack of people over 40 in the 
    streets of Brighton is slightly disturbing. My older neighbours are funny 
    and interesting, and will always say hello in the street, unlike cool 
    Brighton dudes. 

    2 - The Bali Bar. Tucked away deep inside a ghastly residential court on 
    the seafront between 1st & 2nd Avenue. If the Bali Bar was in Brighton it 
    would be crammed every night of the week with ironic consumers marvelling 
    at the longest mirror bar in Europe and the bamboo- and shell-clad decor. 
    You don't have to eat here to enjoy the Twin Peaks ambience, but if you are 
    very hungry they do a great value buffet in the chic restaurant area. 
    Remarkable live entertainment on Friday nights too. 

    3 - Home Plastics. On Western Road between Farm Road and Lansdowne Place. 
    You can furnish and maintain your stylish and palatial Hove flat without 
    ever having to go into Brighton. This tiny shop sells everything you will 
    ever need, and the service is gracious and helpful whether you are a 
    slightly muddled old lady or a crazed-fool studded with facial piercings. 

    4 - Palmeira Square and Adelaide Crescent. Over the top architecture 
    providing glamourous housing for Hove's richest and poorest alike. Yuppies, 
    old queens, junkies and ladies of the night share the same view of the 
    floral clock. This area was celebrated in the fantastic comic book soap 
    opera written and drawn by Salisbury Road resident Cool Cheese. 'Palmolive 
    Square' pre-dates the animated Crapston Villas series, but chronicled the 
    lives of residents, shopkeepers and language students in a similar vein. 
    Even local anti-hero Chris Eubank made an appearance (as he does everywhere 
    else in Hove and Brighton). Palmeira Square not only boasts the floral 
    clock, but the classiest flower stall in Sussex - buy huge and exotic 
    flowers to create contemporary Constance Spry arrangements for your 
    giant-sized Hove mantelpiece. 

    5 - Hove Town Hall Car Park. This is an ugly and unremarkable erection - 
    apart from the comforting but vain attempt to pretty it up with flower 
    boxes on every level. Also, this car park is the site of one of the many 
    gruesome murders in Helen Zahavi's feminist revenge novel Dirty Weekend. It 
    is worth pointing out that although this was promoted as a Brighton novel, 
    the heroine actually lived in and murdered mainly in Hove. Although the 
    existing Town Hall is as ugly as the car park, the previous Town Hall was 
    built by Waterhouse (architect of the Natural History Museum and Brighton 
    Metropole Hotel). Before it burnt down in 1966 this was a venue for, 
    amongst other entertainments,  british psychedelic garage bands. 


  • Erica Smith is the editor of Girlfrenzy