Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Nostalgic charms and kitsch fun certainly await at the original beachfront getaway, where no visit would be complete without a stroll on the famous pebbled beach and a trip to the pier. Immerse yourself in this trendy town’s other side by perusing through vintage shops and art galleries, before enjoying one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the country.

When to go

Summer is best if you’re planning promenading along the beach, but it’s always worth packing a rain coat. Autumn and winter are more suited to exploring the city’s boutique shops and galleries: foodies will want to visit the Brighton & Hove Food Festival in September.

Food & Drink

No trip to the British seaside would be complete without a box of vinegar-soaked fish and chips, followed by a stick of the city’s famous Brighton Rock. In recent years, the city’s food scene has really exploded. Chilli Pickle, run by husband-and-wife team Dawn and Alun Sheering, serves superb and authentic Indian cuisine, while vegetarians should head to Terre à Terre, consistently voted one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Britain- don’t miss the Korean Fried Cauliflower.

Not to miss

Experience Brighton’s exciting new artistic scene at the Phoenix Brighton. This independent, artist-owned gallery features regular exhibitions of bold, contemporary artwork as well as cultural events, speakers and even classes, if you’re creatively inclined.

Nightlife

Escape the hen-nights that tend to gather around West Street and instead head to one of Brighton’s ultra-trendy dive bars. Enjoy prohibition-style shindigs at The Mesmerist, live music at the Casablanca Jazz Club, or fringe comedy at Komedia Club. The city is known for its LGBTQ scene: Regency Tavern is a particular hotspot. For an authentic pint, The Cricketers Pub has old-world charms, and the favourite haunt of Graham Greene.

Where to stay in Brighton

Kemptown is the beating heart of Brighton’s bohemian scene, and is brilliantly located just a short walk from the Royal Pavilion, Lanes, and the seafront. Spend your days exploring antique and vintage shops, then party in the area’s hip bars in the evening.

How to get there

It’s just over an hour from the centre of London to Brighton’s train station. The closest international airports are London Gatwick and London Heathrow. Southhampton Airport is close by for domestic flights.

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