Brighton, once a Georgian and Victorian ‘health retreat’ beloved by royalty, has entered the 21st century as a popular, vibrant place to holiday. Only a short distance from London by train or car, Brighton offers a mixture of sun, seaside charm and culture. Undoubtedly the gay capital of England, Brighton also has a fun, relaxed and tolerant air that is draws visitors back again and again.
Where to go
Revisit childhood memories of the seaside at Brighton Pier. Explore the Brighton Pavilion, the dream-like retreat built by George IV and used extensively by Queen Victoria and Prince Alfred. Catch a show at the Brighton Dome. Go walking on the Downs. Relax on the beach, or at a cafe on the waterfront, and let your cares go!
Food & Drink
Brighton has something to suit most palates, but as long as you’re by the ocean, why not indulge in some fish and chips? The Regency Restaurant (131 King’s Road) does excellent seafood and is beloved by locals. For something a little more sophisticated, we recommend 64 Degrees (53 Meeting House Lane), drawing in crowds for its inventive approach to ‘slow precision cooking’.
As England’s gay capital, Brighton has a thriving nightlife scene. You’ll be spoiled for choice in most parts of the town, but especially the town centre and Kemp Town. For a few drinks we recommend the Cricketers Pub (15 Black Lion Street, Brighton BN1 1ND), reportedly Graham Greene’s favourite pub and known for its welcoming atmosphere. For a slightly wild, bohemian night out, we recommend the Komedia (44 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 1UN), a venue that offers everything from comedy, to bands of every genre.
Where to stay
When in Brighton, we recommend the Kemp Townhouse
. Situated in Kemp Town, an arty, lively community to the east of the town centre, this small boutique hotel is known for its excellent service, including complimentary afternoon teas in the sitting room. How to get there
Brighton is easily reached by trains from London via St Pancras International, running multiple times a day.