Things to do in Brighton
I may be biased after attending the University of Sussex but Brighton is one of the best places in the UK! The town is bustling and vibrant and situated only one hour outside London. Even better, if you book your tickets in advance you can get a return ticket for only £10.
Now student life was a little a while ago so Brighton has changed over time. However it has a special place in my heart and I try to visit every year. Below are some of my favourite things to do in Brighton
Restaurants in Brighton
During my recent trip to Brighton we had a lovely breakfast at Bill’s, a popular chain of restaurants with over 79 outlets in the UK serving an all day menu. It all started in Lewes 18 years ago in 2000!
Bill’s was bustling when we arrived with our large group on a hen do! The restaurant is split into two tiers and we dined upstairs. In the lead up to the booking, the communication from Bill’s was excellent and we pre-ordered our food. They were very patient with everyone arriving and a couple of people changing their orders!
The brunch menu at Bill’s is extensive and includes pretty much everything you want! We kicked off with some prosecco and the bride had a special cocktail made for her which was really sweet. The hot chocolate with cream and a FLAKE was also amazing!
As usual, the standard of the food was great and very reasonably priced. I love their 3 stack pancakes with streaky bacon (£7.95)! The eggs benedict (£7.95) and the Smashed Avocado on Toast with smoked streaky bacon (£9.45) were also very popular with the group.
I definitely recommend a trip to Bill’s when you are in Brighton.
Polpo is a bacaro restaurant serving up small Venetian inspired sharing Italian plates accompanied by classic spritz and cocktails. It prides itself on maintaining the authentic Italian atmosphere and food and it definitely shines through.
We loved the cicheti, particularly the Nduja & Mozzarella Arancini and Parmesan & Chilli Crocchette! The service was great and the atmosphere was relaxed.
A trip to Brighton is not complete without exploring the pier! Whilst it may be touristy, it is a key part of Brighton. If you look to the right you will see the structure of the old pier which burnt down in 2003.
Expect bright lights, arcade games, hot doughnuts and waffles, ice creams and of course fish and chips!! There are a number of large rides at the back of the pier where they sometimes offer an unlimited wristband for £20ish. I always know I am at the seaside when I am on Brighton Pier! After visiting the Pier, it is lovely to just walk down by the seafront and stop off a bar for a cheeky drink if you fancy it!
Palm Court Brighton
When you visit Brighton Pier make sure you stop off at The Palm Court Restaurant for some lunch or dinner! The restaurant has recently been refurbished and looks bright and modern.
We kicked off with a couple of cheeky mojitos served in jam jars. They were refreshing and minty, just how a good mojito should be!
To start off our meal we were presented with a mixed platter of appetizers and sides. We particularly loved the scampi and mac and cheese bites, especially with the sweet chilli sauce. This was followed by the Big Fish (10-12oz) with chips and mushy peas. Holy moly, this was the size of a small whale! The fish was delicious with a light batter and succulent white cod. We couldn’t fit in dessert but the Chocolate Cookie Melt and the Eton Mess cheesecake both looked epic.
Brighton is split between the South Lanes and the North Lanes. These are winding streets with many shops, restaurants and bars. Just enjoy weaving your way in and out!
The Pavilion and Gardens are absolutely spectacular. Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society and is still a distinctive landmark today. The Royal Pavilion is also home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain.
East London Girl: Things to do in Brighton