If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spent the weekend in Brighton. The city is perfect for a little weekend get-a-away from all the hustle and bustle in London, or you can even just go there on a day trip. Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting London, I highly recommend taking a trip to Brighton. It’s only an hour away by train, and the city won’t disappoint you.
I went to Brighton many years ago on a school trip but I didn’t remember much of the city so I knew I wanted to take a trip there while I’m living in London.
I took the train from Victoria Station Friday morning and took the train back Saturday afternoon. When I got to Brighton, I walked around North Laine with all the other tourists. There are so many unique shops on this street – but be aware, some of them are quite touristy… But North Laine is definitely a must-see when you’re in Brighton.
I especially enjoyed walking around in the side streets to North Laine. The houses are so colourful and pretty. They reminded me a bit of Notting Hill in London.
If you have followed me for a while, you know I have a major sweet tooth so I obviously had to find a place where I could get tea and cake. When I saw Sugardough’s light blue façade, I immediately knew I had found my perfect spot for cake. And boy, was I right! I loved this café so much, and the cake and tea was delicious.
I stayed at Hotel Pelirocco which is right by the seafront and only a 15-minute walk away from the city centre. Pelirocco is such a cute little hotel. All the rooms are themed (mine was Bob Marley) and unique.
You cannot go to Brighton without seeing the Royal Pavilion. It was built as a seaside pleasure for King George IV, and it is so beautiful. Since the weather was so beautiful, I decided to sit on the grass in the small park by the Pavilion and read. This was absolutely perfect.
You also have to take a stroll by the seaside. I went for a walk there both Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning before all the tourists came out. It was so peaceful and quiet in the morning but I would also recommend going for a walk there in the afternoon when the place is buzzing and full of people. Get an ice cream and just sit and look at the ocean and the people around you.
On Saturday morning, I had breakfast at Sugardough (I told you I loved the place). I had the best granola I have ever had. It was so good. And the best part was that it was just me and some locals because it was early in the morning.
One last thing you have to do while in Brighton, is walking in The Lanes. I like to come early before they get jam packed and you can barely move. The Lanes are so cute and they almost made me feel like I was walking around in the alleys in Barcelona.
What are some of your favourite things to do in Brighton?