25 June 2016
48 Hours in Brighton
Brighton was a place that been on the list ever since I decided to come back and visit more of the UK beyond London. I’m not sure what appealed to me most, but maybe it was just the novelty of a British beachside town. I booked a youth hostel for 2 nights (which had the best location just in front of the pier) and I made my way from London by coach (which I quickly learned was the cheapest mode of transport). I was incredibly lucky (insert a sarcastic tone here). When I arrived it was bucketing down with rain! Which to be honest is really crap, but being on a two-day timeframe I decided to go out and venture to streets anyways. My immediate thought was that I was disappointed… what in earth was I going to do for 2 days in a beachside town when it was raining? Especially being alone. I managed to entertain myself for the rest of the day when the rain stopped a little, but I was regretting having decided to stay two nights already…
What I quickly learned is that when the sun comes out it is a totally different town! The second day was completely opposite! The sun was out and so people were out and about. I started the day at Bill’s, a popular café (which again I had read about on a blog) and treated myself to a lovely brunch. I then explored ‘North Laine’ and the ‘Lanes’, which to me was the cutest part of Brighton, there are all these little alleyways with little shops and colourful bunting everywhere. It’s one of those places where you just spend time wandering the streets and exploring (and taking photos).
I of course went to the pier and wandered along the beach and even lay on the beach people watching (mostly silly tourist who fed the seagulls who then swarmed the beach to attach everyone!). It was such a novelty town for me, it was so cute and so British. I was on the beach, in summer and yet I was wearing enclosed shoes and a windproof jacket! I also loved visiting the beach huts that were painted in all these beautiful colours and seeing all the colourful carnival rides along the beach.
In terms of food, I treated myself the second day. Brunch at Bill’s and then some gelato at ‘BoHo Gelato’, which is very popular amongst locals and tourists with all their crazy flavours (I would recommend the peanut butter and sea salt caramel!) For dinner I went to ‘Jamie’s’. Of course I had to go to a Jamie Oliver restaurant in my time in the UK and it was great! Brighton isn’t lacking in cute little places to eat, ranging from creperies to fish ‘n’ chip shops by the beach, it’s all great!
My top tip would be to try and pick a weekend when it’s sunny… which I know is crazy since it’s impossible to tell with British weather. But the whole town comes alive when its sunny and I’ve heard even more so on a weekend!