I recently got round to visiting Brighton for the day after wanting to go for ages. We started the day with an early train from London Blackfriars. It took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Brighton. It felt very cold there compared to London, but it was sunny so we didn’t mind.
We started the day with breakfast in The New Club which was opposite the British Airways i360. We enjoyed TNC Pancakes with Chantilly cream, berry compote and maple syrup, as well as The Vegetarian with two poached eggs, slow roasted tomatoes, balsamic glazed mushrooms, avocado, halloumi, hash brown and chargrilled rustic seeded bread. Both were delicious!
After breakfast we had a walk down the beach towards the pier. I think this was my first experience on a cobbled beach – I found that it was surprisingly hard to walk on! The fresh air was lovely but it was bitterly cold… I’m used to a slightly warmer, polluted London.
Next we visited the famous Brighton Pier. This was something I was very excited about as I have many fond childhood memories visiting Saltburn Pier where my grandparents used to live. My brother, my Dad and I would spend hours on the 2p machines trying to save up enough tokens to get huge cuddly Pokemon toys. Ah, those were the days.
As we visited Brighton on a weekday the pier was fairly quiet which was nice. Once we’d spent all our spare change in the arcades we headed to the town centre to explore the shops.
On our way into the town centre to do some shopping we stumbled upon the gorgeous Brighton Pavilion. Completed in 1823, the Grade I listed building was the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, and also served as a civic building, First World War hospital and has become a true icon of Brighton.
After an afternoon of milling around the town centre we finished the day with fish & chips at Harry Ramsden’s and a few doughnuts off the pier for dessert, then headed back off to London.
We had a really lovely day, although it was very cold and very windy. Brighton residents – is it always like this?