When I think of Brighton images of sea shells, 99 ice creams and half eaten canes of rock come to mind, along with memories of multiple visits over the years. The last three times I have been to Brighton has been for something music related, counting myself very luck to have already attended The Great Escape Festival and Wildlife Festival previously, this time I headed to the seaside to watch Catfish and the Bottlemen live, a present to my friend Jen for her 30th Birthday.

A one night trip, we spent almost precisely 24 hours in Brighton, having pre-drinks before the gig and a slightly hungover brunch the following day followed by a few hours wondering around The Lanes and surrounding areas rummaging for vintage goods. This is pretty my favourite way to spend any day, and over the years think I have sussed out a few good spots in Brighton along with some recommendations given to me by you lovely folks on Instagram. 


Accommodation

When first clicking onto Booking.com or any other website to book your Brighton accommodation you can be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed at the choices. To help you decide where to stay in Brighton I thought I would share my top three picks by price point:

Strawberry Fields
6-7 New Steine Street, Kemptown, BN2 1PB
Budget: From £50 per night for a double room

Guest and the City
2 Broad Street, BN2 1TJ
Budget: From £90 per night for a double room

Artists Residence
34 Regency Square, BN1 2FJ
Budget: From £150 per night for a double room

We stayed at Strawberry Fields which cost us £25 each for the night (bargain) and had a double room on the top floor. It was clean, quiet and cute - perfect for somewhere to just land your head for the evening after a gig. On the other end of the scale is Artists Residence, a place I have wanted to stay at for years but have never had the occasion to splash out that much on a hotel room for. It is just so beautiful and would be great for a special weekend away, they also have locations in London, Oxford and Cornwall.



Food & Drink

So you've been out all night in Brighton, woken up the next morning and are now dragging yourself around The Lanes in a desperate hunt for something to fight off your hangover, well fret no more as I have the quite the list of places to refuel at. The options are seemingly endless in Brighton, so much so I went with a list as long as my arm and was a bit heartbroken when we had to pick just one for post booze brunch. This time around we went for The Breakfast Club, with plenty of vegetarian options and a purse friendly menu it was a no brainer. All of the places below have vegetarian options with several being completely vegan, those that offer vegan food are marked (v).

Brunch

The Breakfast Club
16-17 Market Street, BN1 1HH

The Long House Cafe (v)
16 York Place, BN1 4GU

Six Brighton (v)
102-104 Western Road, BN3 1FA

Nowhere Man (v)
53 Upper North Street, BN1 3FH

Dinner

Food for Friends (v)
17-18 Prince Albert Street, BN1 1HF

Dead Wax Social 
18A Bond Street, BN1 1RD

The Pond
49 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AQ

The Hope and Ruin (v)
11 Queens Road, BN1 3WA

Drinks & Dancing

East Street Tap
72 East Street, BN1 1HQ

The Marwood
52 Ship Street, BN1 1AF

Relevator
113-114 Western Road, BN1 2AB

Patterns
10 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL

The Haunt
10 Pool Valley, BN1 1NJ



Shopping

Ahh the highlight of every trip, coming away with that something special to remember it by! I have always been a vintage lover and the endless streets jammed packed with vintage goodies is my idea of heaven, from pretty frocks, to oversized band t-shirts and all the gemstone silver jewellery you could ever dream of, Brighton has it all. There are also plenty of other independent brands to check out too, whether you are hunting for clothes, jewellery or my biggest weakness homeware, you'll be sure to find something special in Brighton. Below are some of my favourites:

Waiste Vintage
3 Gardner Street, BN1 1UP

Lucy Yak
101 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP 

To Be Worn Again
12 Kensington Gardens, BN1 4AL & 24 Sydney Street, BN1 4AL

All About Aud
27 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED
Snoopers Attic
7-8 Kensington Gardens, BN1 1AD

Wolf & Gypsy 
30 Sydney Street, BN1 4EP

Dirty Harry
6 Sydney Street, BN1 4EN

Beyond Retro
42 Vine Street, BN1 4AG

Things To Do

Being very close to London (around 40 minutes from Victoria) and a university town Brighton is a brilliant place to catch live bands, I always love getting tickets for somewhere other than my nearest venue if possible as it gives you the chance to check out somewhere new at the same time as seeing your favourite band, double win! With that in mind Brighton has the ever popular Great Escape Festival which takes place every second or third weekend in May and hosts a huge range of upcoming acts. If electronic music is more your thing there is Land Beyond Festival which takes place in early June, or Brighton Pride in August which this year boasts Kylie Minogue as the main headliner. 

Moving away from music there is Brighton Fringe across the entirety of May each year with events scattered across the city as well as several art museums in the city centre to check out too. If all the shopping, eating and drinking has gotten too much I always recommend a walk down to the pier and an afternoon playing on the 2p machines, and if you're feeling brave a go on one of the fairground rides. 

Brighton really is a lovely seaside town and each time I have visited have fallen in love with it's winding streets and endless choices of food, shops and nightlife.  

R x