10 Things to See and Do In Brighton.

Brighton is a seaside resort in England and its beach is amongst one of the 10 Best Beaches near London . Just under 2 hours train from London. There is a sense of cosmopolitan atmosphere, enchanting and exciting restaurants, shops and accommodations. Everything in walking distance. Spending a day in Brighton and going back to London the same can be achieved. But if you want to make it a little getaway there are several choices of accommodation to choose from.

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From boutique hotels, self catering accommodation to B&B, there is always a warm welcome for everyone. Brighton Holiday House is a selection of quality self gathering holiday accommodation. Keystay Holiday Let offer you home away from home accommodation at affordable prices.

If you not into self-catering accommodations but hotels are more of your thing, The Old ship Hotel located just a short walking distance from the historic Royal Pavilion will make you feel at home. With a little extra charges you can get a sea view room looking over the glorious Brighton blue sea and pier. Next to The Old ship is Jury’s Inn. It has a swimming pool and close to antique shops, boutiques and several restaurants including Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant. If you are looking for a little bit of American style kind of hotel, the Hotel Seattle will be right up your street. Hotel Una is a classy elegant boutique hotel.The Grand Brighton Hotel is a luxury seafront hotel with an elegant spa, iconic staircase that leads up to a skyline terrace.

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There are several places to wine and dine in Brighton. Where ever you decide to eat, make sure to enjoy a fish and chip by the beach. Other things you could do to have a truly remarkable time include:

  1. Go shopping at the Lanes – shopping at the North Lanes makes shopping in Brighton a unique experience, from vegetarian shoes to vintage clothes, you would find everything you looking for. Take a walk along the West street arcade and be mesmerised by the quirky narrow indoor shopping mall.

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2. Go to the Royal Pavilion – An Indian/Chinese style royal architecture will make you think you have been teleported to some exotic Arab country.

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3. Go to the Pier for an endless fun for the kids and kids at heart. There are several rides, restaurants and you can take a gentle walk along the beach overlooking the beautiful Regency architecture of Brunswick square and Adelaide crescent.

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4. Visit the Sea Life Brighton for a display of exotic aquatic animals like Sharks, Octopus, turtles and many more. This indoor family place is perfect for the British raining summers.

5. Do you need some Zen time? Go canoeing, paddle boarding or kayaking for some one on one time with nature. If its your first time doing water sports, don’t worry, there are packages for beginners and newbies.

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6. Let the kids loose at the Kings Road Playground and Paddling pool. Located west of the west pier (BN1 2LN) this play area allows little ones to play in the pool or climb the exciting castles and toys, then roll around in the sands. It’s free to the public, has a changing facilities and opens 10am – 7pm.

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7. Treat yourself to some ice cream and brownies at Cloud 9, or the traditional Brighton ice-cream at Marroccos or if you are a vegetarian, Boho Gelato has something for every taste buds.

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8. Listen to music at the Bandstand. The grade II listed building is not only for weddings and entertainments, it’s also has iconic architectural and historical importance. You can hear bands playing every summer Sunday afternoon.

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9. Go on the British Airways i360 – we could say go on the big wheel but we have a big wheel in London, The Official London Eye. The BA i360 claimed to be the Worlds tallest moving observation tower.

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10. Have an Afternoon Tea at the Grand Brighton Hotel.

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Whatever you decide to do, make sure to have a lovely time!

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The Travel Diary: A Trip to Oxford 

I’m a bargain hunter. Always looking for a good deal and how to have the best quality for a discounted price. That was what lead us to take an unplanned road trip to Beciester village – a designer outlet in Oxford. 

The day trip took us 45 minutes to drive up to, from our north London home. We left home early in the morning, just after a quick breakfast and headed out to this adventure. For us, it wasn’t just about going to shop for few things but it was also a family trip. It was our first time in Oxfordshire. 

One amazing thing we noticed was that there wasn’t a lot of “brown people ” around. I hate talking about the colour of people skin but for the purpose of illustration I’m compelled to mention it using on our family model. We say ‘brown blond or mixed of brown and blond’ to describe people (after all else has failed), but politically speaking, we are blacks. But anyhoo, when we were driving past, we got the occasional friendly stirs and smiles. A man with dreadlocks was so happy to see us he was actually waving at us. For some weird reason I waved back. Smiled back and stirred back. It was a lovely feeling. Like how Eddie Murphy felt in “coming to America” only we were in Oxfordshire. 


The kids were quick to put on the “tourist” hat on and started looking for things that represented the English heritage. I never knew a phone booth can become so fascinating. I normally just go in and make phone calls (those years when I first came into the country) 


We did not quite “shop till you dropped” but we were soon tired. Stopped for some out door canapés despite the freezing winter cold. The smell was too tantalising to pass it by. 


The day ended by a stroll along the footbridge passing the festive garden lights as we danced in the cold rain. We look forward to another time to another beautiful English country!