The journey between London and Brighton can take from 51 minutes to 1 hour 22
Direct trains depart from:
a. London Victoria
b. London Blackfriars
c. London Bridge.
Usual stops include Clapham Junction and East Croydon. Trains are frequent, about 2 an hour from each station. A return ticket at peak time costs just under £30. For frequent travellers involved in a case lasting over 3 days a weekly travel card is the cheaper option and can include tube and bus travel in London within the price. 2 single tickets will generally work out more expensive.

The County Court Family centre, County Court, FPC/ Magistrates courts are all within yards of each other.

Family Centre Address: 1 Edward St, Brighton and Hove, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JD, Phone:01273 811333, Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Areas covered Family law: The County Court for general civil matter sits around the corner Address:
William St, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0RF. Phone:01273 674421

The Magistrates courts is a little further up Edward Street. The FPC can be accessed through the main Magistrates court but also has a side entrance around the corner.

There is a taxi service right outside Brighton station. There is often a long queue and sometimes a shortage of taxis for a few minutes. The taxi ride to the court should take about 10 minutes but traffic and numerous red traffic lights along the way can extend it to 15-20.

By foot the journey takes between 15-20 minutes. 10 minutes if you’re superfast. Directions: Walk straight out from the exit on the left hand side, past a Budgens, Fitness First gym and Ibis hotel. Turn left down a small slope into Gloucester Road. You will pass the sort of interesting shops and inviting restaurants that are the hallmark of Brighton. You can turn right into any road but we suggest Kensington Gardens. It is busting with fantastic restaurants, cafes and the kind of shops that make you weep when you see the identikit shopping malls in other towns. At the end of Kensington gardens, turn left, keep walking until you get to a large dual carriage way. Veer to the right, cross over and turn left into Edward Street.

If you have a taste for Pain au Chocolat, the very best ones can be bought from Cafe Delice, on the corner of the street and eaten on the way. Alternatively, when you get to the end of Kensington Gardens, turn right, cross over and walk into Gardener Street. This is another fascinating street of shops and restaurants you can browse in on your way back. At the end of Gardener Street, turn left into Church Street. Walk past the Brighton Dome and at the Pavilion on your right, cross over the dual carriageway. Veer to the right and turn left into Edward Street.

You’re spoilt for choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Brighton is awash with coffee places, cake shops, sandwich shops and restaurants.

So, we’ll stick to the small area between the train station and the court.

At lunchtime try
On the way to court stop by at Cafe Delice at the corner of Kensington Gardens for a coffee, delicious, warm pain au chocolat or even a decadent slice of homemade cake. You can sit in or take away. The staff are super friendly. You can comeback here for lunch too; a range of sandwiches, sandwiches and hot dishes are available, al freshly made and healthy.

1. Red Roaster 1d St James’s St Brighton BN2 1RE
One of the oldest independent café’s in Brighton. It’s great for coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice (they squeeze it in front of you) and lunchtime fare. Freshly made sandwiches, quiches and salads. Their quiche of the day almost always contains ham. (Sit down or take away)

2. The Verdict is a purpose-built jazz venue at159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB. They do delicious, fresh, homemade soups served with a your choice of bread. Sandwiches made to order. (Sit down or take away)

3. Frankie Vaughan’s is a takeaway sandwich shop directly opposite the Family Centre. 1d St James’s St Brighton BN2 1RE. It’s the most convenient if you have a short lunch break or it’s raining but if you linger, judges have been known to open the court windows and call you back in!

4. For excellent, healthy and imaginative vegetarian dishes, walk back towards the station and check out IYDEA in Kensington Gardens again. There is seating but they also do everything to go too. In the summer their home made lemonade is near perfect.

If you have time for a more leisurely lunch there’s the French chain bistro Cote
115-116 Church Street,
BN1 1UD (Opposite The Dome)

Or our secret haunt, secret no more, Street Thai at :
5& 20 Brighton Square,
East Sussex BN1 1HD
01273 207444

Lovely, fresh Thai food and exotic non alcoholic cocktails: 01273 687 541

Well, obviously there’s the sea! If you finish early in court, just cross the road towards the sound of seagulls, walk up Pavilion Parade which becomes Old Steine and voila. There’s the Brighton pier, just 5 minutes from the court. The beach is pebbly so take something to sit on. There are restaurants on the pier and around the beach, mostly fish restaurants including the famous Harry Ramsdens.

You can breathe in the fresh air, have fish and chips, get your fortune told and be the recipient of seagull debris, all whilst officially being ‘at work.’

And if you leave court with aching muscles and tense, knotted shoulders, I can strongly recommend :

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