Over the weekend, me and Ben finally visited Brighton!
I’ve been wanting to go for a while and after we received a voucher for Christmas (yes, it’s taken us this long to spend it) to stay at Hotel Du Vin, we chose Brighton out of the many locations (Edinburgh is next on our list). The hotel was amazing – tucked inside Ship Street, it was surrounded by lots of coffee shops and restaurants. We chose a Superior Double room because after looking on the website, it was a slightly bigger room and featured a Victorian-looking bath and monsoon shower (this turned out to be upstairs in a separate area to the loo and sink, which was cool). It also included a complimentary coffee machine, three different types of teas (!) and lovely robes and slippers. We felt very pampered after spending the day exploring Brighton and coming back with sore feet.
We only had 24 hours there unfortunately, but here were my favourite things in Brighton and a few things I would love to visit next time…
1. North Laine
Here you will find an eclectic load of quirky shops, perfect for those who love books, vinyl and vintage. Most quirky places can be found in Kensington Gardens, a street full of bunting and vintage/boho delights. My top picks are: Bluebird Tea Co. (where I was able to try a sample of teas and purchased some Pineapple Sorbet and Lemonade tea), Books for Amnesty, Brighton Books, Resident (a great place to purchase vinyl – or CDs, if that’s your thing) and Bert’s Homestore.
2. The Pier, of course!
Go and grab some fantastic fish and chips on the pier (just watch out for all the seagulls) and have a lovely sea view. Have a wander on the pebbled beach and take in the sea air.
3. The Flea Market
Ben hates this sort of thing, but I love having a nosy at a good market. There were all sorts here, from art prints to vintage books. The market we went to was on Upper St. James Street and more info can be found here.
4. The Dukes at Komedia
Ben had a quick nosy inside and we looked into seeing a film here but unfortunately the times didn’t quite fit in with our plans. It looked fantastic though and somewhere I would love to experience properly when we go back to Brighton.
5. The Lanes
More independent shops here, including a shop called Choccywoccydoodah, which just sounds amazing to be honest.
This is supposed to be fantastic for more vintage, antique and tea shops with lovely surrounding architecture.
7. British Airways i360
This seems quite similar to the London Eye but in one massive pod. This was recommended to me by my mum but it was a bit too rainy when we were there on Sunday, as I thought all we’d see was cloud! I would love to go the i360 next time to see even more lovely views of Brighton.
There were a good range of museums in Brighton, including their museum and art gallery, old police cells museum and booth museum of natural history. I would love to visit one next time we go.
9. Brighton Dome
We saw it from afar but it would have been lovely to go and have a look inside!
10. Independent Coffee Shops
Next time we go, it would be fab to have a cream tea inside an independent coffee shop somewhere in North Laine.
Have you been to Brighton? Which places are your favourite to visit? I would love to have some recommendations in the comments.