Five things not to miss in Brighton

Nicolette Loizou / 11 September 2015

Crowned by a bonkers royal palace and a bustling pier Brighton is often referred to as a small London but that doesn’t do justice to this very bohemian of towns located on the South coast. Here you will be able to breathe in the restorative sea air that once soothed the ill and take in some of the many quirky and individual sights.

1.) Royal Pavilion

Like something out of India the bulbous Royal Pavilion could not be more Brighton if it tried. Loud and extremely proud it was developed to the whims of the decadent George, Prince of Wales. He transformed a modest villa into an Oriental palace with minarets, domes and pinnacles so stunning you don’t even have to go inside to experience the grandeur. However, if you go inside you will be greeted by lotus shaped chandeliers and opulent blue silk-satin draperies.

2. )The Lanes

No trip to Brighton would be complete without a stroll around the Lanes – these narrow streets form a maze of twisting alleyways offering a mix of antiques and jewellery shops  alongside specialist contemporary and designer fashion.  Here you will find goods as individual and as eclectic as Brighton itself.  

3.) Brighton Toy and Model Museum

One for the grandchildren or is that just an excuse? Indulge your inner child in this museum which has over ten thousand toys and models in its archive. Everywhere there are models to admire. Even up above hang biplanes, triplanes and helicopters - the largest being a quarter-scale WW2 Spitfire. And even soft toys get a look-in with pieces by Steiff taking centre stage.

4.) Hove Museum and Art Gallery

First opened as a public museum in 1927 this gallery is particularly strong on craft with ceramics, glass, textile, metalwork, jewellery and woodwork all displayed. Unusually for a museum there is a strong slant that vintage film lovers will enjoy with zoetropes and early cameras all making an appearance.

Read more about summer film festivals here

5.) Brighton beach

The reason why Brighton emerged as such a popular tourist destination is party down to its beach. It is great for skimming one of its many pebbles into the sea. But if you fancy taking things a bit further then why not try one of the beach or sailing activities or you could just kick back at one of the cafes and bars. 

Three places to eat

1.) English’s of Brighton

For over 150 years seafood has been served on this site and there’s no better place in Brighton to taste the sea. From Essex oysters to juicy lobster you’ll be spoilt for choice and you can be assured that your wine will match your dish with ease. All salmon is smoked in-house for that extra special flavour and when the weather’s fine there is a covered terrace. 

2. )The Gingerman

If you fancy spending a bit more then you would on fish ‘n’ chips there’s the Gingerman which although pricey is worth that little bit extra. Starters such as Sussex coast turbot are given a shot of modernity with smoked pumpkin puree and there are some divine puds such as Pimms sorbet.

Try our homemade summer cup here

3.) The Tea Cosy

Jam packed with royal and British memorabilia is this eccentric tea room. Take your pick from Sussex cream teas, cakes and scones served on fine china or just go the full hog and feast on a high tea this is the place for old-fashioned enjoyment.  

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