Whilst The Lanes (the famous, narrow shopping streets in the heart of the historic quarter) will always be a big draw to Brighton, it’s always the incredible hotels and homes that wow me. Aside from the spellbinding Pavilion which I can highly recommend touring, a wander around the residential streets behind the seafront always has me plotting a move out of the Big Smoke. The latticed roofing and balconies somehow make the whole city look like a frosted birthday cake.
When it comes to accommodation, the Artist Residence on Regency Square is a must. We stayed in room 21 which boasts incredible sea views as well as two Aperol coloured velvet armchairs to melt into and watch the weather go by. The Set, the next door restaurant, is also not to be missed. The modern, locally sourced tapas and innovative set menus makes it a Michelin guide winner.
To get really up close and personal with the waves, check out seafront restaurant Murmur for casual all-day dining and a great modern English breakie or take a ride up the i360 a 450ft high observation tower which offers incredible views of the channel and coastline. And of course, you can’t visit Brighton without a trip to the Palace Pier – the rides open at 11am, so get there early to beat the crowds!
- North Laine – Quirky Bohemian area just north of the Lanes filled with lots to see, do and eat.
- Snoopers Paradise – The most renowned flea-market in the South of England and home to Brighton’s biggest antiques and vintage emporium.
- Preston Park – had enough of the beach, head to the largest green space in the city.
- Mint Velvet (of course) – a stone’s throw from Brighton, shop all our new arrivals at the Lewes Boutique.