I don’t believe anyone who claims to visit Brighton and not even make the quickest stop off at the beach. It’s simply unavoidable, it’s the elephant in the room that manages to draw everyone in. It’s the link between everything. Heading to Kemp Town? You’ll pass the pier. Marina? Yep. Shopping? A short walk form the Pier. Even if you’re heading to Nando’s, you’ll see the pier. Take a wander down. The arcades and rides will be in full swing, music will be blaring and only drowned out by laughter. Spend a pound and treat everyone to freshly cooked doughnuts, you won’t find one without lashings of sugar. Collect your 2p’s and see who wins the most in the slot machines. Go to the very end and gaze out to the endless water in front of you or turn around or admire the incredible city behind you. You pick.
Whilst the pier is pretty much the first thing you’ll see as you head towards central Brighton, make sure you don’t neglect the other places the seafront has to offer. Not only is the actual beach itself pretty impressive, huge and perfect for Instagram pictures, the seafront is full with beautifully unique and independent boutiques selling everything from your typical tourist tat, incredible art and thoughtful gifts. All alongside some of our nightlife which open during the day to serve you drinks, cocktails and food all whilst the waves crash behind you. Take a walk down as much of the stretch you can, it’s beautiful with lots to offer and as you head into more Hove territory, you’ll find plenty of pastel coloured beach huts to wave your selfie stick at and a much quieter, calm atmosphere.
If you’re more into the whimsical side of things, your second stop should surely be the world famous Brighton Laines. Again, wonderful little boutiques filled with countless gifts and treats teasing you as you walk down the tiny cobbled streets wondering what shop to explore first. Let yourself get well and truly lost; The Laines almost feel endless and it doesn’t matter what street you find yourself down, you’ll find a hidden gem that you’ll probably won’t discover again. Plenty of Instagram worthy moments and even The Breakfast Club, Bobbi Brown, Jack Wills and my favourite Cath Kidston store. Yep, Brighton truly has it all.
Think vintage heaven. Snoopers Paradise is without a doubt, one of my favourite places in all of Brighton. In what looks like a massive warehouse in the heart of North Laines (another area well worth a walk around with a camera in two) is an absolute gem home to so many vintage items, from clothes, to old trinkets and even photographs. There’s also an old fashion photo booth I’ve spent way too much money on and always has a cue. You can literally spend hours in here exploring all the items, it’s an amazing placed filled with Brighton charm and nostalgia, it’s well worth a visit every single time.
One of my favourite things about Brighton is the mixture of the city and of the country. And heading out of the hustle and bustle of the busy central city and more into the outskirts you’ll find Stanmer Park. Perfect on a beautiful Summer’s day, there’s tons of beautiful woodland and field to walk around and at certain points, you get an amazing view over the Amex Stadium and Brighton itself. If you’re looking for an increadibly, homely place to eat then make sure to stop at Stanmer House; it has the most beautiful interior, a beautifully warm atmosphere and food that’s apparently to die for.
But my favourite thing to do around is simply walk around. There are so many streets and places you probably won’t see from a bus or car so, if it’s a nice day, ditch the transport and just walk. Walk whether you want. Brighton is full of the most random, brilliant things you won’t want to miss, especially this bank holiday.
What are you doing this bank holiday? Whatever it is, I hope you have a lovely time!