England: Brighton Pier
Brighton Pier is a wooden pier jutting out into the sea and built in the 19th century (1891) as an entertainment venue. It was known as Palace Pier before being renamed into Brighton Pier. I think New York’s Coney Island got its ideas from here – myriad of cheesy attractions and food stalls and carousel rides and stick-your-face-in-a-hole photo opp boards. An observation wheel was built recently next to the pier to complete the cheesiness of the location. Nice fish’n’chips here except a seagull grabbed half of mine straight from my hands in an insane maneuver.