“Oh, Brighton! Brighton! What a place thou art for love, liberty, and salt water.” – Samuel Beazley.
Brighton & Hove is one of those charming places on the south coast of England that was on our bucket list for a long time. A world away from the hustle and bustle of London’s streets, this little hippy hideout is the perfect destination for a quick weekend escape. It is so close (you can get from London to Brighton by train in just over an hour) yet completely different from the hectic atmosphere of the British capital.
It is the wonderful sense of seaside calm, the smell of delicious fish and chips and the free spirit vibe surrounding Brighton that makes it so unique. We have put together a list of tips of what to see and do in “The Queen of Watering Places“. Enjoy!
MUST SEE & DO
Wander around Brighton’s quiet streets and discover its charming colourful houses
Rows of white, pastel and vibrant colours greet you from every corner – an enchanting beauty like no other.
Eat your body weight in hash browns in Billie’s Café
If you are up for a “Man vs Food” Challenge for breakfast, look no further than this family run café near Brighton’s main shopping district.
Billie’s Café | 34 Hampton Place, Brighton BN1 3DD
Have brunch by the sea at The New Club
This highly acclaimed American inspired restaurant is considered among the best places for brunch, burgers and coffee in the UK. Choose from organic season dishes to a long list of cocktails and be treated to the best views of Brighton’s Pier and the seaside.
The New Club | 133-134 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2HH
Enjoy delicious artisan baked doughnuts at Dum Dum Donutterie
You’ll have a hard time trying to choosing a doughnut between the famous Boston Creme, Crême Brûlée, Dum Dum Dubai and “Zebra”!
Dum Dum Donutterie | 10 Brighton Square, Brighton BN1 1HD
Have the best Traditional English Fish and Chips at internationally awarded Bankers
Priding itself on cooking only sustainable fish, this is the only company in the UK to receive the Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management Award. Great food quality, fresh seafood and chips fried to perfection – absolutely recommended.
Bankers | 116 a Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AB
Go on a foodie adventure at the twice annual Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
Over a hundred food stalls fill Hove Lawns to celebrate local and international produce and hospitality every May and August. Mouth-watering bread, cheese and wines mix with cocktail master-classes, live food shows and a Big Food Pub Quiz. If you are a foodie, make make sure you put this culinary gem on top of your Brighton to-do list!
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