Brighton is a British seaside gem and surprisingly it was the first time i’d ever visited! It combines all those things which are loved about a seaside staycation, lovely beach, striped deck chairs, fish and chips and an iconic pier. I definitely didn’t veer off the beaten track this time round, but for the 48 hours I was there I saw all the key places. Here are my highlights…
Where to eat & drink
I went here on the first night for dinner, it was recommended by the host of the AirBnB I was staying in. The Ginger Pig was fantastic, rated as one of the top 10 pubs in the UK by GQ magazine, it serves locally sourced food from quality suppliers. Being a Gin fiend, I tried their small-batch cucumber infused Gin – delicious! The grill menu is extensive and my steak was perfectly cooked. The highlight however, was the Strawberry Tart for pudding, it was out of this world!
I visited the V & H Cafe for brunch on Saturday morning, it’s based in Hove so just a short walk from Brighton city centre. If you’re after a yummy super juice and smashed avocado on sourdough in the morning then this is the place for you!
This artisan bakery based on Sydney Street produces an incredible range of handmade breads, both savoury and sweet which are freshly cooked and baked every morning. Enjoy a coffee and a light bite first thing at this gorgeous spot.
Market is a newly opened Tapas bar based between Brighton and Hove. I visited here for dinner on Saturday evening, enjoying an incredible array of Anglo-Spanish dishes with some lovely red wines. A great date spot or lunch with the girls, this open kitchen restaurant serves delicious food at affordable prices.
Where to visit
Visiting the pebbled beaches and the famous pier are a quintessentially British seaside experience. Whilst I wasn’t brave enough to go on the rides, I walked to the end to see a fantastic view of the old pier which sadly burnt down not too long ago. Try some tasty fish and chips from one of the local shops and if you’re lucky a bit of sunshine on a deck chair, this is a must.
Commissioned by George, Prince of Wales, the Royal Pavilion was built in the Indo-Saracenic aesthetic, a widespread style in India during the 19th century. Known for it’s lavish parties back in the day, it was nicknamed the ‘Pleasure Palace’. Today it’s a museum, decorated with sumptuous furniture and ornaments. Definitely worth popping your head in.
Not a tourist attraction, but a lovely shop that I came across on Instagram a few years ago, Posh Totty Designs make beautiful jewellery that’s hand stamped with personalised messages. They have 3 stores in Brighton offering a same day personalised service with the jewellery you purchase in store. It’s a treasure trove of beautiful, delicate pieces that can be worn everyday.
Made up of lots of quirky one-off stores, high-street to high-end shops (they have a Sandro!!) I had to resist. The lanes are definitely a place I could get lost in. Whether you’re after a new dress or a yummy cocktail The North and South Lanes has a lot to offer. I definitely need to go back to Brighton and explore this place a lot more!
Where to stay
Due to expense I find that staying in an AirBnB works out a lot cheaper. However, next time I visit i’d love to stay in the Artist Residence. The hotel has been built in two adjoining townhouses overlooking the seafront. The aesthetic is very much New York boho, with reclaimed furniture and exposed bricks. They have a renowned restaurant and cafe called The Set and a superb drinks menu at The Cocktail Shack.
Have you visited Brighton before? I’d love to know where you recommend.