We took a day trip out to Brighton last weekend, visiting England’s eccentric beach city. Brighton is an all-season city, but in the summer it is particularly packed with locals and visitors. Two hours from London, we took the rail which got us there in half the time. We arrived in the morning and spent the entire day there, which was plenty of time to experience the gentrified squares, oddball museums, upholstered parks, vintage shopping, and uniqueness of what is Brighton.
The city is very walkable, so we explored entirely on foot. Upon arrival from Brighton Station, we immediately did some sightseeing and passed through North Laine, a shopping and residential area of the city, where we did our own shopping at The Jog Shop.
Lunchtime at The Green Kitchen, a small vegan joint. They only serve breakfast all day on Saturdays, so it ended up being brunch for us. Nick had gluten-free flapjacks topped with coconut yogurt and fresh blueberries. I had a simple cinnamon and nutmeg french toast with maple syrup.
A visit to The Royal Pavilion. This is a must-see when visiting Brighton. Even if you don’t take a tour inside, viewing it from outside is something to do. We took the tour, but they don’t allow photography so I have no pictures to share. I can say that it is quite extravagant and eccentric, with the whole pavilion decorated with Chinese wallpaper, furniture and art. This royal residence was formerly built for the Prince of Wales, and then later turned into a military hospital in the early 1900s for the first world war.
Grab local handmade gelato at Boho Gelato, and a walk around the beachfront and Brighton Pier. Boho Gelato has 300 flavors, with many vegan options as well, but they only rotate through 25 flavors at a time at their storefront.
Dinner at Purezza, an Italian plant-based restaurant, for two customized vegan pizzas.
Back to Brighton Station, heading back to London.
We enjoyed our time at this English seaside resort town. If you’re visiting London and have the time, Brighton is worth the visit for a change of scenery.