I am a born and bred Londoner but there is nothing more that I like than being able to jump on a train for less than an hour and head to the sunny shores of Brighton. Brighton has a bit of a revival in the last ten years, with new shops opening up in the Lanes and lots of yummy food places to try.
I love the fact that Brighton has still conserved its historical past too with the former pier that famously burnt down in 2003 in the distance and the famous Brighton Royal Pavilion standing in all its glory. The city definitely has its own culture and vibe and as soon as you get off the train, you feel instantly relaxed and ready for your day out. It offers something for everyone, whether its the sun and sea, shopping or delicious food or a combination of them all, there will be something for people of all ages to do.
Here are a few of my recommendations:
Hit the beach
Brighton is a seaside town after all and it has one of the most gorgeous shorelines in the UK. Even though it is a pebble beach, it is lovely to just sit on the shore line and watch the world go by. You can hire a deck chair and just put your feet up and soak in the sun, sea salt and the gentle breeze that is always present on the beach. Enjoy the sound of the waves coming in and have a paddle in the water if it is warm enough to.
Visit Brighton Pier
Funfair grounds and arcade games have become something of the past when it comes to the inner cities around the UK but Brighton has these all year round. It is great fun to walk out to the pier, be whizzed around on their mini rollercoaster or bet a few pounds in the arcade.
Lunching on the sea
Being a Londoner, how often can we say that we had lunch with a view of the ocean in front of us. Hardly ever! There are some great seafood restaurants to indulge in on the shore line with lots of great places to discover ice cream and slush puppies too. I opted for the chips smothered in ketchup and then went on to complete my meal with ice cream – the diet can start tomorrow!
Shopping the Lanes
Brighton has some great inner lanes that you can venture down and discover cute little food places, boutiques and spend the afternoon shopping to your hearts content. I personally love the little sweet shops and bakeries that line the streets, so you can get a sugary treat for your ride home.
Riding the Brighton British Airways i360
The best way to describe the British Airways i360 is a needle in the ground with a doughnut moving up and down it. I was curious to see what the fuss was about with the i360 being an observation tower and ventured up it expecting marvellous views of Brighton and the sea. You have to go through an extensive security check so make sure you leave some time for it before your flight. Once you head onto the viewing deck, the atmosphere is really relaxed and you can take as many photos to your hearts content. The whole experience takes around half an hour, before it glides effortlessly back down, leaving you to enjoy your day.
Brighton is one the cutest places to visit, the photographs really don’t do it justice. It is easily accessible by train and there is plenty of parking if you are planning to head there by car. There is plenty to see and do and you can also make a weekend out of it with all the hotels available there too.
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