Call us biased, but we think the city of Brighton and Hove is the best. As the birthplace of Bunnies, we consider ourselves proud Brightonians; ask us about our lovely East Sussex hometown and we can talk for hours. So what is it that makes Brighton so special?
*Brighton is the ideal weekend retreat.*
Just a stone’s through away from Gatwick and a short ride from London, Brighton makes the perfect weekend getaway destination for busy city slickers looking to fill their lungs with the refreshing sea breeze. Hop on a train from Victoria or London Bridge and you’ll be sunning yourself on Brighton’s famous pebble beaches in no time.
*Brighton loves love.*
People from all walks of life come to Brighton to enjoy the sense of freedom the town has to offer. Its residents are open-minded, sexuality is loud and proud, and the fresh sea air invigorates the soul – no wonder it’s so popular! Whether it’s the annual naked charity bike ride, or Brighton Pride, the UK’s biggest pride festival, Brightonians aren’t afraid to be themselves, embrace diversity and celebrate love, individuality, and inclusivity.
This year’s Brighton Pride will run from Friday 3rd August to Sunday 5th August and we can’t wait!
*Brighton’s natural beauty.*
Lined by its famous wide pebble beaches, and nestled amongst the stunning South Downs, Brighton’s natural landscape is truly breath-taking. Once you’ve enjoyed the bustling Brighton beaches, head along the coast and you’ll reach the beautiful Seven Sisters cliffs and Beachy Head, where you’ll find awe-inspiring views of the coastline. For more epic landscapes, visit Devil’s Dyke. The 100m deep valley is the perfect place to refresh and rejuvenate in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
Stretch your legs, walk the dog, fly a kite, spot some wildlife, enjoy a romantic picnic – if you want an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city of Brighton and Hove, make Devil’s Dyke your next daytrip.
*It’s impossible to be bored in Brighton.*
Brighton is more than your typical British seaside town.
During the day, enjoy losing yourself in The Lanes: a labyrinth of pretty, winding shop-lined alleys, where you can hunt for antiques, gifts, jewellery, and designer clothes in the array of independent boutiques. Not to be confused with The Lanes is North Laine, an area filled with effortlessly cool shops and cafés that’s so very Brighton. If you want to experience the true bohemian vibe of Brighton – head here.
Brighton beach, of course, is a must-visit. Stroll along the promenade, browse the art stalls under the arches, catch a seaside screening at the open-air cinema, and bring some change for the games at the Palace Pier. If you’ve got a head for heights, check out the British Airways i360, for more great views of the Sussex coastline.
With a cool and quirky pub scene, and a choice of restaurants large enough to keep everyone satisfied, it’s no surprise that Brighton is one of the most popular seaside destinations in the UK.
Once you’ve finished sipping cocktails in The Plotting Parlour, or tasted every real ale in The Lion and Lobster, head to one of the many seafront clubs for a dance, check out some of the cool venues for live music, or have a laugh at a comedy club like Komedia.
As well as numerous festivals throughout the year (food, films, music, literature – you name it), Brighton is also home to some more unusual events. Try your hand at paddle boarding, free running, or kayaking, and get involved in loads of free activities at Paddle Round the Pier – the world’s biggest water sports festival, or join hundreds of the undead at Brighton’s annual zombie walk.
*Brighton has naughtiness in its DNA.*
Once home to King George IV, a notorious lothario with a string of mistresses and a penchant for gambling, drinking, and the finer things in life, Brighton’s vibrant, liberal, and mischievous attitude lives on.
During his regency, George IV built Brighton’s iconic Royal Pavilion, now a must-see for tourists, but designed as a glamorous seaside hideaway for dirty weekends with his lovers, and lavish and debauched parties. The building encompasses all that is decadent, eccentric, and just a little bit sinful about the city. If it’s good enough for a king, then it’s good enough for us.
A far less extravagant but no less risqué spot is Quadrophenia Alley. Dirty in the literal sense of the world, this is where the famous sex scene took place in the 1979 film of the same name, set in the city. Whilst we wouldn’t advise any outdoor shenanigans in the town centre, nowadays, Brighton’s ‘anything goes’ attitude has earnt itself a raunchy reputation as ‘the home of the dirty weekend’.
So buy a kiss-me-quick postcard, suck on a stick of rock, catch a burlesque performance at Proud Cabaret Brighton and enjoy all the sauciness the city has to offer.
*Come and see us*
What better way to spend this long hot summer than in our favourite place? And with another bank holiday on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to visit – we’ll gladly be your guide!