Hope you are all well! Thought I’d do some dedicated blog posts over the next week and a half to my favourite UK destinations starting with my home town Brighton!!
My Cornwall Blog posts is coming later on in the week, as well as my top staycations and location tips for the UK too!
If you have any questions or if there is anything I’ve missed then please feel free to send me a dm on my instagram too!
How to get to Brighton:
Brighton is located 55- 1hr 20 from London Victoria and is well linked to London and the South East of England.
The train is pretty straight forward from most locations but you can also drive but parking can be tricky or quite expensive. However, I found a carpark linked here: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking/london-road-car-park which was the cheapest one I’ve found for longer stays. Alternatively, you can pre book a space in advance with “Just Park” which works out the cheapest option but you have to book quite a bit in advance.
Or if you are booking an Airbnb and driving, I defiantly recommended looking if the airbnb has any parking options too!
Brighton Train station is located in the centre, with a 4-5 min walk into the Laines starting with Sydney street, which is the perfect place to wander through into the centre of town. The station is also walking distance to the sea, Churchill square shopping centre and the lovely lanes so no cars/ taxis needed if you are doing a day trip as everything is in walking distance!
Public transport is also super easy with bus stops being located outside the station you can get the 1A, 6, 1 and others directly to Churchill square and towards Hove where some other lovely cafes and parks are!
Where to stay in Brighton:
Artist Residence: https://www.artistresidence.co.uk/our-hotels/brighton/
Queens Hotel Brighton: https://queenshotelbrighton.com
The Grand: https://www.grandbrighton.co.uk
The Hilton: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/bshmetw-hilton-brighton-metropole/?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=zIMDPDA0EMEA1MB2PSH3PPC_Google_search4cid105816483_aid5449687923_me_kkwd-1232037195Brand_Nano6BSHMETW7en&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=paidsearch&campaignid=105816483&adgroupid=5449687923&targetid=kwd-123203719&gclid=CjwKCAjwqvyFBhB7EiwAER786a7qScyPUxUR1YPbcHU9M8orAUrv-Fbvw2_CJ4rA9210O18WXtWUKBoC6rgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
The Kings Hotel: https://kingshotelbrighton.co.uk
The Old Ship hotel: https://www.oldshipbrighton.co.uk/rooms/
The Holiday Inn Brighton seafront: https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/holidayinnbrighton.en-gb.html?aid=356980;label=gog235jc-1DCAMoUEIIYnJpZ2h0b25ICVgDaFCIAQGYAQm4AQfIAQ3YAQPoAQH4AQKIAgGoAgO4ArPw_IUGwAIB0gIkZTI0NDVlYTYtZTBjOS00ZGIzLTllM2YtZDIyNDY0YTg0NDlm2AIE4AIB;sid=924e2c6182ee991e50b62c43ca5add4c;sig=v1P6p8TLcB
Another option for stays would be Airbnb in Brighton , there are 1000s of amazing ones to choose from with lots of different price ranges and locations to chose from! Most places in the centre of Brighton are the higher price range but it really depends what you are looking for space wise, but if you head more towards Hove way, Kemp town way or even out Into the country there are lots to choose from.
I’d say Brighton, Hove and Kemp town locations are perfect and super easy to travel into the central places from usually. Where as if you are driving there are some absolute hidden gem country side locations if you are looking for more of the countryside experience just outside of Brighton.
Things to do in Brighton:
- Walk along the seafront, experience the seafront shops. Have a drink and some lunch! (Be aware of the seagulls though, they dive bomb alot and steal food so just keep your eyes peeled)
- Walk along the pier and go on the rides! Highly recommend the Crazy Mouse!
- Get some fish and chips and donuts on the pier! The donuts are so so good!
- Browse the lanes and the lovely shops and coffee spots! Will leave a a list of my fave restaurants below!
- Depending on covid and when you are reading this, there is sometimes some events/shows on at The Brighton Dome. Or currently (June 8th) there are some things on at the Warren or Spiegel Tent outside!
- Visit the Royal Pavilion, whether its the gardens for a little walk around or actually going inside it’s a really lovely little place to sit!
- Take a trip to the Brighton Museum for fun!
- Get a Brighton open top bus to the downs/ Devils Dyke
- Go to Roxy’s Fudge Pantry and watch Fudge being made! It taste incredible if you love fudge !
- Go to Snoppers paradise to browse some vintage finds and use the Photo Booth to capture the day! ( you need pound coins for the Photo booth)
- Book Crazy golf along the seafront!
- Sunset wildlife cruise to learn about dolphins! (Unsure when this reopens but so so lovely to do)
- Head up the British Airways i360 on a nice day for views across Brighton, Sussex and the South Downs.
Coffee shops to visit:
Wolf Fox Coffee– there’s lots of ones dotted around Brighton and Hove. They do smoothies, coffees and vegan treats and brunches and they are lovely!
17 Grams Coffee– delicious coffee and brunch.
Flour Pot Bakery- amazing sandwiches, pastries and cakes. And on Fridays, they do donut Fridays which are so so good! They also do lovely coffees and matchas!
Trading Post Coffee Roasters- there is a few of these dotted around the lanes, one does amazing breakfast and lunch as well as coffees! And the others do lovely coffees and treats! You can also choose your coffee blend which I love, I get the Black Pearl!
Black Mocha Brighton: cute little coffee spot!
Fatto mano pizza: delicious pizza!
The Salt Room: If you want somewhere fancy and love fish this is the place to go! Defiantly a special occasion restaurant as its in the higher price range
The Flint House: Amazing tapas dishes! In the higher price range but the food is incredible and 100% worth it!
Riddle and Finns: The perfect place if you love seafood and want to go somewhere super gorgeous and special!
The Ivy Brighton: Classic Ivy Restaurant with delicious cocktails and food! I also find the Ivy a more affordable fancy place to go, with the Fish and Chips and some main meals starting at £13-£15.
Coal shed Restaurant: Steak and seafood restaurant!
Six Brighton & hove (the western road one is my favourite): lovely brunches, lunches and dinners! Its also a great place to do bottomless brunches or if you need to hire the space for hen party brunches its a lovely place to do so aswell!
The New club: Yummy Pancakes and brunch!
RockWater hove: Located on the seafront this is a gorgeous place to have breakfast/lunches or dinners and has amazing views!
Lost In The Lanes Cafe: Cute little brunch breakfast spot located in the lanes!
Oeuf Cafe in hove: based in Hove, but super easy to get to Oeuf does amazing Pancakes, Egg based meals and cute dishes!
The Set Restaurant: Based next to Artist Residence stays as well as in front of the i360! Is a really lovely restaurant and the food and cocktails are incredible.
Botanique Food For Friends Restaurant: Lovely restaurant and gorgeous dishes for brunches or dinners!
Marmalade cafe: Possibly my favourite cafe in the Brighton area, however located a little outside of Brighton towards Kemp town but super easy to get the bus directly too or walk the 30-35 mins along the seafront or through kemp towns cute shops! It’s just so so worth it! The cutest spot and most amazing French toast, Brunch dishes and salads etc!
Red Rooster: Gorgeous spot for lunch or brunch! And lovely for three course meal dinners!
Hope that helps in some small way if you are looking to visit!!
In terms of bars/pubs there’s so so many and I feel I haven’t been out in so long it’s hard to recommend lots to you all!
However In the past I love the below:
The Music Hall on the seafront
Six Brighton and Hove for cocktails too
The Ivy for Cocktails at the bar
Twisted lemon cute cocktail bar
And other than that I’m going to link a website that recommends lots of different places for drinks etc as I feel it really depends on what you are looking for, but if you are looking for a certain vibe send me a DM and I’ll try answer if I can !
Design my Night in Brighton website here: https://www.designmynight.com/brighton/bars/cool-and-quirky-bars-in-brighton
Love, India Moon