Less than an hour on the train Brighton has been the ideal Day Trip destination for Londoners from as far back as 1841. Here’s a mini guide for anyone going on a day trip London to beautiful Brighton. With advance purchase rail tickets for as little as £6 return, there really is no reason not to take a jaunt to the beautiful British Seaside. Some of you will recognise Brighton from films like Quadrophenia, Brighton Rock or The Boat That Rocked.
Brighton has a rich historical and cultural heritage, playing host to several annual festivals including the Alternative Miss World extravaganza, the World Beard and Moustache Championship, regular Classic car and bike rallies where groups of mods and Rockers will ride their scooters and motorbikes into town, just like Quadrophenia (but much less violent!).
We hopped off the train from London into Brighton station to sample some of the lovely treats Brighton has to offer. Here are a few snaps and ramblings from our day:
Shopping in Brighton:
Straight off the train we turned right out of the station and headed down to the North Laines. “The Laines” are narrow alleyways near the seafront famous for their independent boutiques, antique shops and brightly painted residential houses. Shopping in Brighton is great. The Laines were lined with stalls selling all kinds of second hand furniture, clothing, jewels, fresh fruit and veg and wonderment. Of course it didn’t take long before I spied a fabulous mink that fitted me just right. Winter is well and truly upon us here in England so the warmth of my new coat was very much appreciated.
Walk along the Sea Front
We were very fortunate to have a blissful morning of clear blue skies. Wrapped in our winter layers we walked down to the seafront to skip along the pebbled beach, look out to sea and enjoy the view. Looking out to sea always reminds me how grand, great and majestic Mother Nature is. The Union Jack was flying high as we strolled along the promenade. The seafront has some great restaurants, fishermen selling their mornings catch, a couple of bars, nightclubs and casinos, mostly located between the two piers.
The Pier is an almighty place to get scorching hot donuts on a cold day, head inside to spend all your loose change on the arcades and possibly win big, or not. For those of you less partial to a flutter the Pier makes for a jolly lovely walk and offers a grand view along the Great British Coastline.
The West Pier
We marvelled at the remains of Brighton’s West Pier. The West Pier was built in 1866 and is one of only two Grade I listed piers in the United Kingdom. It has been closed since 1975. For some time it was under consideration for restoration, but two fires in 2003, and other setbacks, led to these plans being abandoned. Even though the pier is no longer used or being restored there is something quite romantic about it’s glorious shell, the bare bones that have withstood all adversity are a testament great Victorian architecture.
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