I live in London with my wife. We love the British capital, but sometimes we long to escape the noise and pollution. So we decided to drive to Brighton, and we didn’t regret it!
We're French, and we’re used to going to the beach in the South of France, a warm and sunny area. We never thought it would be a good idea to visit the South of the UK. We thought the beach would look drab, and that it would be freezing. We were so wrong!
After a quick 1.5 hour drive, we reached the most famous seaside town in the UK and were immediately charmed by its beautiful architecture. This town is full of history and culture.
Brighton was incredibly busy that weekend because it was warmer than usual, and there was no parking space in sight. Fortunately, one of my friends had told me about YourParkingSpace.co.uk, a service that connects drivers with parking space owners. Since we had booked a garage in advance with them, we didn't have to spend hours looking for parking.
We went for a stroll on Queen's Road and couldn't get enough of Brighton's “Old World” charm, with its Victorian architecture and cute little shops and pubs everywhere.
The Royal Pavilion near the beach was really impressive. Built in the Regency era, it used to be a royal residence and its architecture looks very Indian. We absolutely loved this building and took 1000 pictures of it!
The beach and pier were also great. Much nicer than we expected! There were many tourists lying on the sand, and kids were having a blast jumping in the waves. We resumed our stroll, snapping hundreds of thousands of pictures, and then decided it was time to find a hotel room for the night. We hadn’t booked any in advance as we love adventure...
We were lucky. Although Brighton was packed with tourists, we found a room in the first hotel we stumbled upon, the Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa.
A very nice place indeed! We were very impressed with the main lobby, and the receptionist was incredibly friendly and helpful. My wife and I wanted to treat ourselves, so we booked a room with a sea view. We were shown to our bedroom, and it was beautiful. We wished we could stay a full week!
Source: Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa
We looked out the windows, watching people having fun on the beach outside and tourists walking along the beautiful esplanade. Then we went for a shower, and decided to go out for dinner. We had no idea where to eat, but we found a nice looking pub with live music called The Ranelagh.
We had gorgeous fish and chips and really enjoyed the traditional music and friendly atmosphere. It was the ideal place to have diner: romantic, but not too pretentious.
We even made friends there and started conversations with different people. Tourists, fishermen, artists and rugby players. We had so much fun that we didn’t realise it was already 11pm! The pub was closing, so we headed back to our room and fell asleep like little babies, since the bed was so comfortable and the room very quiet. The next morning, we had a yummy English breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. It was so good and filling, that we didn't need to have lunch afterwards. And then we packed our bags and drove back to London.
We promised we would be back in Brighton very soon!