I finally visited Brighton (woo!). Stupidly enough it wasn’t on my radar as a to-visit place until I moved to London and even then I had so much to discover in London that I just never got around to going. Thankfully I was invited to a LDN Meet Up event to go for afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin so then I had the perfect excuse to go.
Before setting off, my friend and I did some research to discover a few places we had to visit on our trip. Although we were only visiting for a day, we managed to see a handful of what Brighton has to offer but you could easily spend a few days there exploring. Here is what we got up to on our visit!
We made sure we got a Starbucks and croissant to go from London and hopped on a train to Brighton. Annoyingly the trains go via Gatwick airport so be prepared to be squashed on as it was super busy. It turns out we happened to be visiting Brighton on marathon day so that might also be why it was hectic.
Having arrived we wondered down to the beautiful Brighton pavilion. The pavilion was built for King George IV and the exotic inspired architecture was perfect for the weather we had on that day. It’s the ideal place to sit out on the grass with a drink and admire the view.
So many of the Brighton Streets are London inspired so keep an eye out for all of the street names. We spent the morning popping in and out of quirky shops along North Laine and paid a visit to Choccywoccydoodah. Unfortunately, we had to avoid the chocolate as we were off for an afternoon tea but I’ve been in London and it is certainly worth visiting.
One thing that Brighton is not short of is cute healthy cafes – the people of Brighton are on to the eco-vegan food drive so join in on your visit. It being marathon day all of the cafes were chock-a-block we escaped further up the highstreet to MADE (Make-Art-Drink-Eat) that do the best selection of cold teas and coffee.
Would it be a trip to Brighton without going on the pier?! Having got over the fact that you can see the sea between the cracks in the floor boards, we wondered along the pier sitting in some deck chairs on the way. Along with loads of classic amusements at the end of the pier there are rides to go on, ice creams and of course fish and chips.
We sat on the beach and enjoyed the last of the sun before hopping on an extremely packed train back to London. Thankfully we managed to get a seat and make some friends with some inebriated strangers.