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Feeling Bright in Brighton

You know that friend that everyone has – the super fun and outgoing oddball that randomly says something astonishingly profound? That is how I would describe the ultra-cheerful city of Brighton and Hove.

 Formerly two separate towns, Brighton and Hove is a seaside city in East Sussex on the southern coast of England.

Brighton---Pier-Rainbow

Maybe there’s a pot of gold under the Pier!

It is about a two-hour drive south from London making it a popular weekend destination for Londoners. Renowned as the LGBTQI capital of the UK, it is a fabulous place for anyone to enjoy independent shops, exciting nightlife, and the pebbly Brighton Beach (remember to bring a beach mat or chair!). With a bit of history in conjunction with a modern and artsy vibe, this colourful city is the perfect destination for some care-free fun and hopefully some sun!

Brighton does not have its own airport, although all of the major London airports are easily reachable. London Gatwick (LGW) is by far the closest – only 30 minutes by train, while London Heathrow (LHR) and London Stansted (STN) are each about a two-hour ride. Brighton is a fairly compact city, so foot and pedal bike are great ways to move around. Taxis are widely available as well as trams and buses, however if you plan to be out late be sure to double check the latest public transportation departure times.

Here’s a Pro-Tip: Parking in Brighton is hard to find and expensive so try to avoid driving whenever you can.

Here are my all-time favourite Brighton things to do:

 Brighton Palace Pier – Located in the city centre, this pleasure pier is one of the UK’s top entertainment destinations. From amusement park rides to walking the pier while eating fish and chips, this is a UK experience not to be missed!

things to do in brighton

Biking is the best way to travel around Brighton!

Royal Pavilion – This former royal residence was originally built as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales. The project began in 1787 and constructed in three parts taking a total of eight years to complete. It was sold to the Brighton City in 1850 and has since been a top tourist destination and museum. While on the grounds, check out the organically maintained Royal Pavilion Garden, a popular place to picnic and enjoy street performers.

British Airways i360 (The London Eye’s Little Sister) – This glass panelled observation pod rises 162 m (531 ft) into the air showing off 360-degree views of Brighton, the South Downs and the English Channel.

Brighton Marina – A manmade marina on a busy yacht harbour. Here you can find seafront shopping, restaurants with lovely waterside views and activities such as Globalls mini golf.

Brigthon---Chillin

Give the summer blues the boot!

The Lanes – Narrow cobblestone streets lined with quirky independent shops, restaurants and cafes. A great place to spend the day, rain or shine. Directly North of The Lanes is the appropriately name North Laine, another retail shopping and residential area.

Here’s a Pro-Tip: It is best to wander this shopper’s paradise at a relaxed pace, partially because the narrow streets can feel crowded and partially because there is so much to see!

Although Brighton has a long, and rather choppy history, it has always been fairly independent. The food scene, following suit, can be described as diverse although you can easily find British seafront classics like cockles. Additionally, just about anything you fancy, from the authentic Mexican street food to the many vegan delights, is likely to be just around the corner. It was hard to choose, but here are my top favourite places to dine:

  • Terre à Terre – Creative vegetarian dishes from around the world, the modern décor and friendly vibe create a relaxed atmosphere loved by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
  • The Salt Room – Specializing in cooking over coal, this winner of the 2017 Seafish UK Restaurant of the Year award is a superb stop for seafood and views.
  • La Choza – Located on the border of Brighton and Hove, this colourful joint serves up delicious Mexican street food at delicious prices!
Brighton---Fish-and-Chips

Fish and chips and ships !

Brighton always has something to celebrate, and the legendary nightlife is an accurate reflection of this! With everything from lively clubs to quaint pubs and beachfront parties, here some of the most buzzing places to enjoy a night out:

nightlife clubbing

I imagine that this is what’s over the rainbow!

  • Bohemia Grand Café & Late Lounge – An elegant European-style cocktail bar serving seasonal drinks with rooftop terrace and live music. The restaurant is certainly worth mentioning as well!
  • FunkyFish Bar – Known as one of Brighton’s oldest clubs, this seaside, fun-loving LGBTQI bar and club features a colourful dancefloor and live DJ’s inviting you to dance until sunrise!
  • Ye Old King & Queen – Originally built as a farmhouse in 1779, this pub keeps guests entertained with bar games, sports screens and live music. The cosy atmosphere is completed by the fireplace and beer garden.

Here are some spectacular places to stay in Brighton:

  • Red Brighton Blue – Located in a lovely Georgian building on a quiet residential street. An easy 15-minute walk from the pier
  • Artist Residence Brighton – Centrally located in Regency Square. This boutique hotel is minutes from galleries, restaurants and cafes. The rooms are fun and uniquely decorated.
  • The Grand Hotel – An elegant seafront stay with a spa, piano bar and brilliant views.

I always enjoy my time in Jolly Brighton. It has this way of leaving me feeling light-hearted and hopeful that the future is full of bright beginnings… Perhaps that is why they love to call it Brighton!

 

Love,

Isabella

 

Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: Brighton Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion, The Marina (https://www.visitbrighton.com/)

Where to eat: Terre á Terre, The Salt Room, La Choza (https://terreaterre.co.uk/, https://www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk/)

Where to stay: Red Brighton Blue, Artists Residence, The Grand Hotel (http://www.redbrightonblue.com/, https://www.artistresidence.co.uk/our-hotels/brighton/, https://www.grandbrighton.co.uk/)

Where to party: Bohemia, FunkyFish, Ye Old King & Queen  (https://www.bohemiabrighton.co.uk/, https://www.funkyfishclub.co.uk/, http://www.thekingandqueen.co.uk/)

What to buy: Shop The Lanes!

Never a dull moment in Brighton!
Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: Brighton Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion, The Marina (https://www.visitbrighton.com/)

Where to eat: Terre á Terre, The Salt Room, La Choza (https://terreaterre.co.uk/, https://www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk/)

Where to stay: Red Brighton Blue, Artists Residence, The Grand Hotel (http://www.redbrightonblue.com/, https://www.artistresidence.co.uk/our-hotels/brighton/, https://www.grandbrighton.co.uk/)

Where to party: Bohemia, FunkyFish, Ye Old King & Queen  (https://www.bohemiabrighton.co.uk/, https://www.funkyfishclub.co.uk/, http://www.thekingandqueen.co.uk/)

What to buy: Shop The Lanes!

Never a dull moment in Brighton!

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