A true east coast girl, I'm always game for a good beach day whether it's the rocky coastline of New England or white sandy beaches of Florida. So when my friends and I were treated to an unseasonably warm weekend during our first week in London, naturally we hopped on the train to Brighton to enjoy a beautiful beach day on the English Channel.
Once a sleepy fishing town, Brighton first became popular in the mid-eighteenth century for its perceived medicinal waters. With the addition of the Royal Pavilion (included at the end of this post), the Grand Hotel, and the Brighton Pier, Brighton quickly became the fashionable resort town of choice for Londoners looking for a quick getaway. Today, the seaside town is only an hour train ride south of London and (to Americans) is comparable to the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach in California. The Brighton Pier has your typical carnival rides and games while the small town has some artsy shops and fun cafes dotted along the main roads. Perhaps the best sights of Brighton are the colorful small beach huts situated along the ocean and the Royal Pavilion, an Indian-style palace with oriental interior decor built by George IV that is both random and ostentatious, but exquisite just the same.
Where: Brighton, England
Why: Views of the English Channel
Colorful beach huts along the beach walking towards Hove
The Royal Pavilion: a unique palace unlike any other in England
Brighton Pier for carnival games and cotton candy
Tyro Tip: Grab some fish and chips with friends and settle into a striped chair on the beach to soak in a truly quintessential English afternoon.