7 Reasons Brighton Is The Ultimate Weekend Getaway
Award-winning vegetarian cuisine, some of the best comedy in the UK and WHAT A BEACH...
Inner city life can get rather exhausting. The constant hustle and bustle, dearth of peace and quiet, and decidedly landlocked livin’ can knacker even the hardiest of urban souls.
So a weekend getaway is always a handy zen-fresher.
Just 54 minutes from London by train, Brighton is the perfect short-term break - full of art, culture, amazing food and the gloriously refreshing breeze of the beach.
And while Brighton & Hove is a city itself, it seems to lack all the downsides that metropolitans entail. Here are the seven best things to do with 48 hours on the clock…
Explore with a foodie tour
While food tours are becoming more and more popular, it’s rarely something you’d think to do in your own country.
But Brighton Food Tours proves why one of the best ways to explore a UK city is by its gastronomy, taking you on a 2-3 hour walking tour of the area, throughout its infamous Lanes and down its smaller streets, to unveil a host of indie food and drink establishments that will tickle and dazzle your tastebuds.
From mouth-watering burgers at Burger Brothers (who specialise in burgers and ONLY burgers - not even a side of fries) to oysters and champagne at Riddle & Finns, it’s as interesting as it is tasty, with independent owners talking you through their produce and their respective histories.
Our pick? Rainbow Organic Chocolate in The Open Market has the best hot chocolate we (and everyone in our trip) had ever tasted.
Take to the skies with the British Airways i360
Brighton’s a pretty beautiful place to hang out, no matter the view.
But hop aboard the British Airways i360 and you’ll get to see it from a whole new perspective - 138 metres up in the sky.
Essentially a doughnut-shaped London Eye, it’s wonderfully gentle, and with glasses of bubbly on tap, enjoyable for even the vertigo-sufferers amongst you.
Laugh your arse off
When a comedy venue wins ‘Best Venue in the South’ a record 14 times in a row (including this year), you know it’s doing something right.
In Komedia’s case, it’s guaranteed LOLs.
Stand-up comedy doesn’t come much funnier or intimate than this, with the country’s best, brightest, and brilliantly hilarious putting on an array of shows to fit every sense of humour.
Stay in the boutique-iest of boutique hotels
Brighton has architectural beauty to match its natural scenery, and while there’s a host of accommodation to pick from while you’re there, it doesn’t come much more original or eclectic than a stay at one of the city’s best boutique hotels, The Artist’s Residence.
Situated in prime location at the top of Regent’s Square, this 24 bedroom townhouse has one of the best views of the sea, and interiors to match. The stylings is rustic and vintage, but supremely modern in execution - with topnotch finishings complimenting its chilled-out ambience.
Whether you’re chilling in your room, relaxing on your balcony over the green, or sipping cocktails in its buzzing bar downstairs, it’s Brighton all over - interesting, quirky and utterly welcoming.
Indulge with some award-winning vegetarianism
ICYMI, Brighton has a reputation for liberalism, inclusiveness and all-round zen-style hippiness.
So it’s unsurprising to see an array of vegan and vegetarian restaurants all over the city. But there are none better than Terre a Terre, Brighton’s iconic and rightly acclaimed award-winning fine dining restaurant.
It is, to say, the least, bloody delicious, and full of such inventive gastronomic creations that even the meat-happiest of carnivores will be more than won over.
If you don’t take our food porn-y pictures as proof, then how about these amazing snapshots from the menu?
Victoria Idli Tea and Chatt: Idli rice and channa sponge cake filled with tamatar dal butter, fried and rolled in black salt chatt mix, topped with fresh coconut sugar salt podi powder and a punchy Punjab plum tomato, served with jammy Brinjal, tamarind juice and fresh turmeric coconut lime lassi custard, all washed down with a lovely cuppa’ warm tomato ginger and black pepper tea.
Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish: Soft buttermilk soaked halloumi dipped in chip shop batter, served with vodka-spiked preserved plum tomatoes, bright fresh pea mint hash with pickled quails egg, sea salad tartar and thick chips, finished with lemony Yemeni relish.
An absolute NOM-explosion from start to finish.
Paint your way to inner-zen-happiness
Whether you’re a city-dweller or just enjoying a chilled break away, Brighton has such variety and creativity that it’s the perfect place to indulge in a little self-improving mindfulness.
We heartily recommend The Painting Pottery Cafe, which allows you the chance to try your hand at painting (and then having said pottery actually fire-blasted in the kiln for you to take home and use), in a colourful, adorable setting - with cake and countless cups of tea on hand whenever you fancy.
Brighton has one of the UK’s best beaches. Sure, the weather may be out of your hands (HELLO UK METEOROLOGY), but when it's soggy it's still gloriously relaxing, and when it's sunny, there's nowhere else you'd rather be.