Brighton: a City Guide
Possibly the most iconic of Britain’s seaside towns, and a city known for its thriving art and culture scene, Brighton is less than an hour’s train ride away from London. Oh, and did I mention that a return ticket from Victoria station only costs £17? What are you waiting for? Recommendations below…
We stayed at the Artist Residence during our stay, a converted townhouse overlooking Regency Square and located super centrally: everywhere we wanted to visit was a mere 10-15 minute stroll away. Our gorgeous room was the master suite in the house, complete with a modern, wrought-iron four poster bed, (I NEED this for my future home) and a stunning copper rolltop bath…complete with floor-to-ceiling views over the Brighton seafront. I’ve now stayed at their Brighton and Oxfordshire branches, and can confirm that this hotel group is well worth the hype, appealing to modern travellers looking for bedrooms that transcend comfort and style.
The Set is the Artist Residence’s in-house restaurant, complete with an open kitchen, all day menu, and the same running touches found throughout the entire hotel: rustic wooden tables, quirky interior details, and friendly waiting staff. Breakfast was included on our first morning here, but it was so tasty that we decided to eat here again on our second day (despite me having a long list of cafes that I’d originally wanted to check out; it was that good!)
You’ll find classic breakfast items with a twist on the curated menu here: amongst the dishes we ordered our favourites had to be the pancakes served with miso caramel and banana (not too sweet, just the right amount of fluffy), and the bubble and squeak, served with fried egg, mushroom, and lashings of hollandaise…all washed down with multiple cups of coffee and tea. If you’re looking for breakfast or brunch in a relaxing and cosy atmosphere, definitely don’t miss this spot if you’re in Brighton.
Perfect for: brunch/breakfast
A cosy cafe serving up a wide range of home baked cakes and sandwiches with two locations in central Brighton: the lattes served here are also the size of a small soup bowl, so great value for money.
Perfect for: a light lunch/snack
Located in the heart of The Lanes (a myriad of streets where a huge number of vintage shops, cute boutiques, and independent coffee shops are located in the centre of the city), Bond St Coffee is an institution amongst Brighton’s specialty coffee scene, and serves up a mean flat white.
Perfect for: a cup of joe
If you’re a doughnut lover like me, a visit to Glazed is a must if you’re visiting Brighton, despite it being a little bit out of the way. You’ll find flavours like Peanut Butter Brittle & Chocolate, Speculoos, and Orange & Poppy Seed. Added bonus: all of the doughnuts are homemade and vegan (and vegan = healthy, right? Right?!??)
Perfect for: an afternoon sweet treat
Possibly the culinary highlight of our entire weekend, Silo is an entirely zero-waste restaurant in the heart of Brighton: everything from the kitchen countertop, lighting fixtures, crockery, and the food itself are zero waste. For the interiors that means everything is made out of scrap or recycled material, and for the food that means fresh produce only, zero packaging etc.
For dinner they serve a five course tasting menu for a very reasonable £40 a head. Each course was delicious and lovingly served by a different member of staff, and we left entirely satisfied with our meal. I can confirm that it was definitely great value for money.
Perfect for: a fancy dinner
If you’re visiting on a weekend (as we were), the Pier will most likely be very busy but if you’ve never visited before then it’s a classic, isn’t it? We went for a quick stroll up and down, attempting to avoid the somewhat aggressive seagulls, and watching other tourists lap up the sun on the beach.
And if you’re looking for some cheap fun, there’s multiple fish-n-chip shops, doughnuts stands, and of course, there’s always the casino…
Head to the Lanes next, where you can while away several hours browsing the multiple independent boutiques located here. Featuring a carefully curated selection of homeware and both men and women’s clothing, Workshop is an aesthetic haven for lovers of minimalist living. Before you know it, you’ll have spent a small fortune on some framed artwork or fragrances.
If you’re still a fan of print, head to Magazine Brighton next, where you can find every slick-looking magazine or journal under the sun worth reading.