I went for a long weekend in Brighton to visit some family friends. The weather was very unlike the usual British summers, we got a lot of sun and not too much wind. I loved it, Brighton is so colourful, and relaxed and beachy (you know the feeling that beach places have?!)! We were only there for 72 hours so we had to prioritise, here are a few things I would recommend if you’re heading to Brighton!
Things to do
We arrived on the Friday and we were able to take a ride on the newly opened British Airways I360. This thing of controversy enabled you to see the whole of Brighton from the top of the tall column.
Another thing I would recommend is visiting the local Brighton Lanes – I would say this is a definite must for any shopaholics, as well as anyone who wants to simply take in the Brighton atmosphere. There are such a range of shops from the unusual like: Choccywoccydoodah, which is a specialist chocolate shop, and the ordinary.
Some other sights worth seeing that are close to the lanes are the Royal Pavilion which was built as a seaside home for King George IV, and the Brighton piers (the new one is full of attractions, whilst the older pier is crumbling into the sea). I would definitely recommend a walk down the beach (just remember to bring straighteners to deal with the frizzy hair from the sea air)!
Eats and Drinks
If you are looking for somewhere to eat out then Mascara (a North African restaurant) was recommended to me. If you are wanting an evening out then the Cocktail Shack is a definite win and has some very inventive cocktails to try. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds comes with a cloud of candyfloss – delicious!
There is also a floating Chinese restaurant called Brighton Pagoda at West Quay where I had a great meal – unfortunately I don’t have any pictures, sorry but it was so yummy that by the time I remembered to snap a pic, the food was all gone!
What is so special about Brighton?
I went to visit to see some family friends, and it was an added bonus that they live in such a wonderful place, and here is why it’s wonderful. In Brighton there is also a lot of live music going on, so when you are wondering around don’t be surprised if you hear some! Brighton is also the perfect combination of lively business and quiet. If you go a bit further out of the city towards Hove there are beautiful lawns, perfect for a piece of quiet. The other thing about Brighton is the celebrations, whilst we were there we got to see fireworks outside the new I360 in the centre of Brighton, and of course there is the annual Brighton Pride Parade.
What were your favourite things to do in Brighton? Let me know in the comment section below!
Have a wonderful week!