Brighton is a coastal town in the south of England worth a short trip from London any time of year. Here is an unconventional guide to the unconventional beach destination. For such a tiny place in comparison to the capital, Brighton is bursting at the seams both socially and culturally. Good times guaranteed.
FOR A RIDE THERE
Trains run regularly from London Victoria. For bus options see National Express prices and times on their website.
FOR A BITE TO EAT
Can recommend: Breakfast Burger or the Vanilla Raspberry Bircher at the Breakfast Club - - - Edamame / Vege Gyoza / Chicken Teriyaki combo at Pompoko - - - Fish n Chips on the Pier
FOR A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD
Not much going in the way of hostels. Airbnb (forever and always) is the way to go. A couple of the pubs in town have doubles rooms above the public space - check these out for a cheap place to catch some zzz's.
FOR A BRIC A BRAC GOLD MINE
FOR A GOOD GROOVE
Sticky Mike's, Concord 02, Casablancas (Jazz) and more
FOR YOUR DAILY CAFFEINE INTAKE
Small Batch Coffee is the local brand. Wander into any little cafe, they are all brilliant and even if the coffee sucks, the ambience should rock
FOR A SUGAR HIT
Check out the local fudge stores (they are everywhere). There's one in the South Lanes that has fun flavours like Oreo and Salted Caramel Cheesecake
FOR ART PIECES MADE OUT OF CHOCOLATE
Choccywoccydoodah in Meeting House Lane
FOR HOMEMADE CAKES
Littlebird Brighton on Kensington Gardens. Cosy place to escape the rain, great vibe & lovely owner
FOR THE REAL ENGLISH "BEACH" EXPERIENCE
Find your spot on the cold, damp, miserable excuse of a beach either side of Brighton Pier (it's not that bad.. but if you're looking for a British Bondi you'll be sorely disappointed)
FOR A BEVERAGE
The Mash Tun, Hope and Ruin ++++ anywhere
FOR GENERAL COOL STUFF
Family Store, Beyond Retro Brighton and the bajillion charity stores along London Road
Summary: you'll never find yourself without something to do. Don't go for the beach, but do go for everything else. The food, the cider, the locals, the colour, the lot of it. You'll be wishing you could stay forever...
Words and photographs by Elli Webb