Walk westwards along the seafront from Brighton and before you realize it you will be in Hove. Although often incorporated into Brighton, Hove insists on maintaining an identity and status of its own. Once a notorious smuggling village, Hove is now home to the fine regency squares of Brunswick and Palmeira and also to the neat seafront Hove Lawns. The beach is always emptier, the promenade wider and life is just that little bit quieter than in loud and lively Brighton. St Georges Street has a range of everyday shops whilst Church Road has antiques and restaurants galore.