The first time I visited this seaside town when I was much younger, maybe 5 or 6 years old. My mum always reminds me of a memory she has of me walking down the pier dancing to the music blasting from the speakers, without a care in the world. This adorable little English town is definitely going to be where I come for a day when I need to reboot with a good dose of vitamin SEA.
There are so many things to do in Brighton! Here are some highlights of everything you can pack into a fun-filled day in Brighton.
- Visit the North Laines
- Strole down the Pier
- Eat an Ice Cream
- Go up the i360
- Walk down the Esplanade
- Visit the Royal Pavilion
- The Brighton and Hove Huts
- The Foodies Festival (seasonal)
- Gay Pride (seasonal)
My friend Marissa and I left London by train at 8am from London Bridge Station in order to get the most out of the day. Brighton does actually have it’s own airport if you were interested in coming in by plane. The airport also happens to be the oldest airport in the UK.
From the train station its a short downhill walk to the water front and from there everything is a pleasant walking distance away from everything else.
The first thing we did when we arrived was look for a spot to have breakfast. We found a super cute place called The Breakfast Club, and people were queuing up to get a table so we knew it must be good. Being the professional blogger that I am, I forgot to take pictures of the food, but in my defence it’s saying something if it looked so good that we gobbled it down without a second thought. But I did find some pictures from their page to share with you and I’d definitely recommend it! Marissa had the stack of caramel banana pancakes and I had the butternut squash bubble with mushrooms, asparagus and avocado. They also do full American breakfast, full English breakfast, pancakes, porridge and all the hash browns and bacon and eggs you can possibly eat (so it’s not particularly vegan :p )
It’s a downhill walk to the beachfront from the train station, so we walked down North Laine. To our surprise that day was the Children’s Parade 2018, so part of the road was closed as the kids walked down dancing and singing with their little faces painted and their colourful themed floats. It was so cute! North Laine is where all the shops are and we ended up winding our way through all the little side streets which only led us to the best hidden collections of shops and restaurants.
The Brighton Pier
Our second stop was, of course, the Brighton Pier. We walked all the way down and had a look around at all the rides and the games in the arcade. It was bustling with activity and kids were running around from one ride to another. Music playing from the speakers across the Pier almost made it feel like we were in an 80s movie. We watched people catching some sun on the beaches on either side, as some dared to brave the cool ocean waters.
The British Airways i360
As we continued our way down the beachfront we passed all the iconic spots like the British Airways i360, a structure you can pay an entrance fee of £14.85 to go all the way to the top and get a 360-degree view of Brighton and Hove. If you’re looking for a special experience and you have the evening to spare, you could book a beautiful dinner with a view from £85.
The vintage style Esplanade
We also passed the adorable iconic little seafront pavilion that you always see in pictures and they were actually in the process of decorating it for a wedding that took place later that same day! We passed Regency Square and Brunswick Square and couldn’t help but feel like we had taken a trip back in time. I don’t know what it is but the buildings have such a vintage old-time vibe to them, it’s really beautiful.
The Royal Pavilion
We wound our way up to the Royal Pavilion with it’s blooming gardens and every spot of available grass was taken up by people making the most of the glorious weather.
The Brighton and Hove Huts
We couldn’t say we went to Brighton without having seen the beach huts right? We walked past each of the famously colourful huts and watching as people had busted out their sun loungers and parasols, the familiar smells of barbecues and suncream making its way into our noses. Of course, I had to take a picture in front of the cutest hut I could find!
The Foodies Festival (seasonal: the beginning of May)
We came right on time for the Brighton Foodies Festival and I think we all know by now that I’m a massive foodie so I was right in my element. AND I’m a massive Zalfie fan so when I heard that they were having a custom A to Z Gin bar I knew that I needed to come to check it out. (Zalfie is short for Zoe and Alfie and they’re basically the king and queen of Youtube couples, so major fangirl moment here.)
Gay Pride (seasonal: early August)
Brighton also happens to be the hub of the LGBTQI community in the UK and so when Gay Pride comes around, the whole district comes together in solidary for equality and love.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, watching the people go by as the sun slowly made its way into the ocean of the English Channel. By the time we made it home that night our feet were aching, our bellies were full and the hearts of these two island girls felt that tiny bit better for having spent the day where we belong, by the sea.
Sit back, grab some Oreos, and I can’t wait to see what life has to offer us next.