For the longest time I have been saying that I wanted to go to Brighton. Probably thanks to all the YouTube I watch. Most of the YouTubers I follow, live in Brighton.
Monday was supposed to be a glorious day, so I decided to look for a train ticket and just have a day exploring by myself.
I woke up, got ready and left home late, as my usual. I ran, I jumped on the metro and got to the station 10 minutes before the train was supposed to leave. Nevertheless, the train was late, and I stood there, a bit sweaty, waiting for the platform to show on the screen of departures.
The train ride to Brighton was pleasant and easy, just one stop at Gatwick Airport and in 50 minutes we were there.
At 11 am, the sun was shining so bright, I was struggling to keep my eyes open.
Brighton welcomed me with 1,5£ coffee and my favorite type of weather: cold and sunny.
I headed straight down to the beach and to my surprise, the pebble stones were bigger than I thought they would be. I had never seen a proper pebble stones beach before and I kinda liked the feel of it.
Brighton pier was also not what I expected. I did not know it had a Luna Park on it. The beautiful carousel, the horror hotel, dodgems, twister and many others!
I suggest to go with a friend if you are planning a visit to the Brighton Pier, it would have felt strange to go on the rides alone, and even play at the arcades on my own would have not been much fun.
But a stroll in the sun on the pier was relaxing and felt cozy enough.
Brighton is like a mini version of a tranquil suburb of London. One thing that I was not expecting was to find so many homeless people. Don’t get me wrong, I am saying this because I find that wherever people are forced to sleep on the streets, there is a problem that needs to be solved. People shouldn’t be sleeping on the streets, especially in such cold weather.
Except for that, I enjoyed immensely my walk through the streets. I walked past the India Gate, into the Pavilion gardens where a man dressed up as a Zebra was playing the piano. The Brighton Museum and the dome looked spectacular from the outside and perhaps they would have been worth a visit.
I kept on walking through funky cafes and many lovely shops, finding myself on “The Lanes”.
The Lanes in Brighton are a collection of narrow alleyways full of shops, cafes and cute places where you can find the most singular objects. Walking along the tiny streets was lovely, looking into the different shops of leather bags, perfumes, crystals, books, funky clothes, and sweets.
I highly recommend anyone to spend at least half a day in Brighton, have some lunch, a walk on the beach, a game at the arcades on Brighton Pier and a stroll through the Lanes.
I decided to head back to London after a few hours of walking around. Didn’t buy anything as I knew I wouldn’t have had the space in my hand luggage to fit anything else.
Next time I come to London, I will have to visit Brighton again, with more time.
I’ll get myself a cozy jumper for 5£ at those shops with the clothing racks on the street (cash only), a cute handmade necklace with the colorful crystal pendant and some tasty lunch. This time, perhaps, I will bring company.
Check out this website, it will be very helpful if you are wondering where you should go or what you should visit while you are there: Visit Brighton Website
Back to London, the sun was shining and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day.
Lots of love xx