The Travel Post #4: Salty Air and Vintage Lanes in Brighton

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Recently my best friends from uni and I decided to head down to Brighton for the weekend. We arranged it as a surprise for one of our birthdays and so booked ourselves into a beaut little apartment right in the heart of the little seaside town. We spent the weekend getting lost in The Lanes, eating some seriously AMAZING food and drinking cocktails in the salty sea air and I completely fell in love with the place! Our trip sort of split itself into three parts, (four if you include our cribs style penthouse apartment!) so that seems like a good way to split the post too…

The Lanes
As well as the ususal highstreet hotspot that you have in any town, Brighton has a really quirky collection of individual shops and boutiques in what is known as the Lanes. North Laines was right next door to where we were staying and that is a particulary hipster and trendy part of the town. We started our weekend there by pitching up in an Alice in Wonderland style pub, The White Rabbit where they served the biggest sandwiches I have ever seen! After munching my way through a pretty special Chicken and Chorizo monster (with the addition of some skinny fries!) we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering round the vintage stalls and bookshops. We eventually found our way over to the other side of the lanes where it really is impossible not to get lost, because they twist and turn in every frickin’ direction! We popped into Bluebird Tea Co., where Zoella just happened to be chilling out having a smoothie (crazy right?! Bit of a fan girl moment!) and then I made a completely necessary purchase from the Sass and Belle shop (obv).

The Nightlife
Now Brighton is obviously known for having an amazing nightlife, but since we were only there for one night and didn’t want Sunday to be completely wiped out by hangovers, we decided to go for dinner and cocktails rather than the full on clubbing experience. The guy we rented our apartment from recommended a Thai restaurant called The GigglingSquid for dinner, and since the Birthday girl had never tried Thai food before and the rest of us were big fans we decided it was the perfect choice. The food was literally beautiful and tasted really authentic – I even got to have a Chang beer with my dinner! (Thailand blues!) The restaurant was quite small and didn’t look like anything too fancy inside, but that’s one of the best parts of Brighton - everywhere you go has loads of character and personality! For drinks we originally headed down to the seafront as we had heard that’s where all the action happened, but after wandering around in search of a good cocktail bar we let google decide for us and made our way back towards The Lanes to find locals favourite The Twisted Lemon.  The cocktail menu was huuuuuge and separated by spirit – In a ‘pirates life for me’ kind of way, I decided to stick to the Rum!

The Pier
It wouldn’t be a trip to Brighton without spending a morning on the pier and after a Sunday breakfast trip to Bills (yeah I had blueberry and syrup pancakes AND eggs benedict…) we ran down like little kids to hit the arcade. The Pier actually does a really good offer where you can get an unlimited ticket for all the rides for only £15, which if you are an adrenaline junkie is a pretty good deal! In our group there were only a few of us that were up for loop the loop kind of fun so we just went on a select few and then all crammed into the mandatory arcade photobooth which after a few attemps was still a bit of a failure! Then it was time for the beach. We spent our last few hours just chilling out by the sea and taking way too many selfies. There was just time for some fish and chips and a huge raspberry, white chocolate and champagne ice cream before we had to get the train home (sob!).

The Penthouse
Now I have to say, finding somewhere to stay in Brighton was a bit of a task. It’s quite expensive and hardly anywhere allows only one night stays. After weeks of searching, it was less than 7 days before our trip and we still hadn’t found anywhere. I got in touch with the guys at Your Brighton Holiday and even though they too don’t usually allow one-night stays, since their apartment still had availability for our dates they let us have it and for a really reasonable price compared to everywhere else I had looked! The guys who own it were super friendly and explained everything we needed to know when we got there. Lady Luck also seemed to be on our side, as the original apartment we booked was having plumbing issues so Nick and his team at Your Brighton Holiday  kindly upgraded us to a two-floor penthouse for the weekend, hell yeahhhhhh! Obviously we were A-Okay with that, but they did sort out the issue really quickly and gave us some good tips for how to get the best of the little town during our brief stay. I would definitely recommend them as a good port of call if you are looking for accommodation there and even if you don’t find anywhere straight away don’t give up – I think you can get the best deals if you leave it late!

Have you visited any new places in the UK recently?

Charlotte x
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  1. i always hear such good things about brighton, i'm going to england next year so i might have to visit :)


  2. Charlotte Lucy Philpotts23 October 2014 at 09:47

    It's like nowhere else in the UK - so quirky and definitely worth a visit! It is fairly small too so you can do alot even if you are only there for a short amount of time x

  3. Absolutely love Brighton and miss the UK so much!!
    The penthouse sounds fab!!
    Heather x x

  4. Charlotte Lucy Philpotts19 March 2015 at 11:26

    It's such a cool place isn't it! You should definitely come back to the UK for a visit! x