Brighton's London Road is fast becoming the new Shoreditch. 

Here's ten reasons why. 

  1. Whilst Shoreditch has Old Spitalfields Market, London Road has the newly revamped Open Market.

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2. Private members club Shoreditch House attracts the most exclusive clientele, but in London Road the Cowley Club is the top venue for intellectual collaborations. The Argus: Right-wing extremists have posted threats against members of Brighton's Cowley Club

3. Shoreditch may have a contemporary shopping mall made from refitted shipping containers.

We have Richardsons Yard, a development of shipping containers converted into housing for homeless people.

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4. Shoreditch may be home to Turner Prize winning artist Tracey Emin, but we think Roadkill Couture designer Jess Eaton is just as worthy an award winner. 

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5. Shoreditch may be the spiritual home of the micro brewery, but the Hare and Hounds could give them a run for their money. 

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6. Shoreditch's favourite body part may very well be a hair covered chin. London Road's is most definitely a pair of stripey legs. 

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7. For every overpriced vintage store in the London borough, London Road has a charity shop to match 

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8. In recent years Shoreditch has become the hipsters' favourite hangout. In recent years sqatters have loved to hang out in London Road. 

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9. Shoreditch only has a tube station whereas London Road has a mainline station. 

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10. Shakespeare's first ever performance of Romeo and Juliet was staged at the Curtain theatre, in Shoreditch, but London Road's former Methodist Chapel which houses Emporium theatre has become a new theatre space and a meeting place, canteen, bar and exhibition space for Brighton-based artists, since opening last year. 

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See tomorrow's Argus for a full report.