On a warm and particularly sunny day recently, myself and my hubby decided to take a trip to the sea side (oh I do indeed like to beside the sea!) and headed to the fun and vibrant city of Brighton.
Brighton is often dubbed ‘London by the Sea’ and I’d think who ever came up with this moniker is on the money.
Think shops, restaurants, plenty to see and do like the Capital, but with the added bonus of sun, sea and er, the occasional patch of sand when the tide is out!
Once we arrived by train to Brighton, I noticed there was a slight nip to the air as we were right by the coast. I have only bared my legs a handful of times this year and right then I was wondering if I should of donned some leg wear. But luckily it was hotting up and I soon appreciated having opted for sans trousers.
Our first stop was to the sea front. For those unacquainted to Brighton, think typical British seaside with Brighton having distinctive turquoise railings running along the length of promenade. The skeleton remains of West Pier, the now iconic pillar that is the i360 and the Palace pier standout as key land (or sea) marks.
As it was now comfortably warm a number of people were dotted about the beach making the most of the warm weather. From foreign students attempting a brave paddle in the waters edge, to mums and their buggies and dog walkers, there was quite a few people basking in the early afternoon sun.
OTTD: Denim Jacket- Primark | Backpack- Fiorelli | Pink jersey dress- Primark | Trainers- Primark
The British Airways i360 observation tower
Remains of what used to be West Pier which came to ruins after a boat damaged it in a storm
Dan skimming stones
All decked out!
Part of the promenade and Palace Pier in the back ground
Looking for his gull-friend!
Love this cheeky little sign 🙂
No sea front is complete without a Chippie!
After a wander along the sea front we headed back towards the city centre taking in the grounds of the Brighton Dome. The Dome inside is a concert/theatre venue which I’ve not yet had the pleasure of visting.
Though the outside is well worth seeing. The Dome was built for the Price Regent (later King George IV) in 1803. Interesting that the Dome bankrupted the Prince and the King had appeal to Parliament to clear his son’s debt! The Dome has an Oriental look to the exterior and I love this historic landmark in Brighton.
Not the sort of thing you get in many cities!
The Brighton Dome
The grounds outside the Dome was pretty packed!
I love this photo as it reminds me of the Pointillism painting ‘Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ by Georges Seurat. See here to compare and form your own opinion!
This was taken just by chance!
So after all that walking in the sunshine, you deserve an ice cream and where better than Boho Gelato. They have a vast array of ice cream flavours from peanut butter and jelly, rhubarb and custard and mojito to name a few. More recently made famous by Zalfie and their vlogs, this little gem is hidden just behind the Jurys Inn hotel on the seafront.
Once your sweet tooth has been sated, onwards with your sight seeing and you’ll soon discover one of the unique features of Brighton; the Laines. Put simply they are effectively lanes off the main city centre full of a variety of bohemian, independent, vibrant, quirky and ethnic shops. A few more well known names are littered in between more local shops.
Pictured below I’m looking at I don’t know what, but this is in the North Laine. There is a great second hand store that you enter by a turn style. What’s inside is a whole cornucopia of antique’s all crammed in, with old items such as books, jewellery, clothes. A bit like a jumble sale but better!
My inner Girl Boss came out when I went into this second hand vintage clothes store in North Laine. I felt I could of discovered a vintage designer jacket, buy for a £5 and flog on eBay for a small fortune. Or maybe not. But it was that kind of store. If you like dressing like the good old days and something a bit alternative then this is a treasure trove for you!
Further back along the Laines heading towards the city centre but still in the Laines there are a couple of shops I would recommend a visit to if your of the same ilk as me.
The first one is Sass & Belle. This adorably cute shop has so many trinkets, home ware and gift pieces I bet you buy at least one thing!
From coasters, mugs, jewellery stands, printed sayings and the like it’s great for having a good old browse!
Inside Sass & Belle I was drawn to this collection!
Shortly on from Sass & Belle is Irregular Choice which whilst not a very big shop, they have a great range of fun and funky footwear. Their current range is inspired by Minnie and Mickey Mouse, with actual Mickey figurines as heels to the shoes!
Worth a look just for the fun of their styles.
Sandwiched between the two shops above is This is Not a Butchers Shop. An Aladdin’s cave of novelty gifts. I once got Dan a mini model of the Star Trek Enterprise in here. You’re bound to find something for someone you know in there.
Leave emptied handed I dare you!
And that is my run down of the best places to see and visit in Brighton. Of course there is the fantastic Palace pier, the Sea Life centre directly opposite and Chruchill Square shopping mall. But I wanted to show you the more unique elements to Brighton. What to me makes it a really wonderful place to visit.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to know you’re fav part of Brighton is!
Love and hugs,