There is something about living in front of the ocean. Coming from Lima, a coast city and capital of Peru, I can tell the difference, you feel it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a city girl and just love that fast pace, especially London’s one but the moment you get to Brighton the air tastes amazing.
If you’re up for a fun and lively weekend, you’re definitely up for Brighton.
If you’re in London and want to get there a Friday night, get your Prosecco ready and head to Brighton via Victoria Station. Once you’re there you can either take a taxi, a bus or walk. I love wandering, especially if I’m in a new city or town but if it is winter and my bones are aching, I tend to get a ride. In this case I took the bus, 10 minute ride, 2 pounds and it left me right outside of my hotel, Avalon accommodation. I totally recommend it, it’s close to everything, two blocks from the seafront, breakfast included and the service was amazing. They treated us really nice and even let us leave our luggage inside the room our last day after the checkout. Two nights in a room with two double beds was 170 pounds. You can always go to booking.com but if you ask me, I would recommend this one, great hospitality.
Brighton is a good party town, with tonnes of places to go. You can start your night at 8pm, maybe pub crawling your way to the club but without missing the Black Lion pub right in the Laines and The Cricketer, the oldest pub in Brighton, right next to it.
Like I said, you have a lot of options and places to go out but I fully recommend having some pre-drinks at Bohemia Brighton. It is a café with a late night lounge. If you want to skip the coffee and go straight to the drinks, pop up around 10pm and have some rounds while listening to great mixed music, from 80s to Bruno Mars, warming up for what comes next: Pryzm or Coalition.
At Pryzm you just won’t stop dancing, with 3 different club rooms (urban dj’s, 70s to 00s and latin music) and 3 different bars, is a win-win all night long. Coalition is another great choice if you and your friends have a range of music tastes such as house, dance and pop music and on summer you get to sit outside and watch some live music. Once your night is over and the food craving blossoms, stop at Buddies, open until late they serve absolutely everything to cease the hunger.
Wake up the next “morning” and enjoy a full English breakfast and then have a wander down the seafront and head to Brighton Pier for some funfair, sundaes, cotton candy and crazy rides right next to the ocean.
After all that sugar you will need some salty nice dinner so head to Anatolian Cuisine, a Turkish restaurant near the pier with amazing food. If you don’t fancy Turkish not to worry, there are plenty of restaurants and you will see them as you walk. From Italian to fish and chips, the options are endless.
On Sunday, walk to the Royal Pavilion and take a zip of colourful history. The gardens are beautiful and this time of the year you can ice-skate there as well.
Finally, as a way to say goodbye to this great city, take some time to walk the North Laine Market, Brighton’s best kept secret. A collection of over 400 independent businesses for exploring, wandering, shopping and eating.
All of this only 1 hour away from London. If you’re coming from outside the UK and are wondering where else to go, apart from London, give this town a shot and I promise, you won’t regret it!
Bye bye Brighton, see you soon! xxx