Ok, hør her. Jeg har så lenge jeg kan huske hatt lyst til å besøke den engelske kysten, kanskje ikke midt på vinteren. Men visst tar man muligheten når man får den. I samarbeid med Visit Britain har jeg utforsket Brightons kriker og kroker og blitt småforelsket i nok en by. Hvis du tar toget ut til dette sjarmtrollet av en havneby når temperaturen er høyere og solen sterkere så er jeg sikker på at du får deg en sommerflørt. Sånn på ordentlig. Brighton minner meg om en rar blanding av en Nicholas Sparks film og Lilleputthammer, med pastellfarger, vintage butikker, brosteinslagte gater, bakerier, street art, brune pubber, klipper og sandstrender.
Ok listen, Ive been longing to visit the coast of England since what feels like forever. Maybe not during winter, but how can I say no when I get the opportunity? In collaboration with Visit Britain Ive been exploring the charming city of Brighton and of course I fell in love with just another city. If you jump on the train to this pearl by the coast when the sun is shining you will most likely have a summer fling with Brighton too. Brighton reminds me of a city from a Nicholas Sparks movie with pastel coloured houses, vintage shops, narrow cobblestone streets, bakeries, pubs, street art, cliffs and sandy beaches.
Where to stay in Brighton?
The Artist Residence
33 Regency Square, Brighton BN1 2GG, Storbritannia
Having only been to Brighton once and stayed at one hotel Im pretty sure Im biased, but Im also pretty sure you would be too if you had a sleepover at the wonderful Artist Residence. This boutique hotel is the perfect escape whilst in Brighton. With big wooden furnitures, old fashion bath tubs and sea view, this hotel is an experience itself. Ive been longing to stay here and when I found out I was going to Brighton I immediately checked their website and was beyond happy when I saw they had a discount on their winter retreat which includes better room for a better price, cocktails and breakfast at their lovely cafe! I also have to add that they are super flexible when it comes to alternative food, such as gluten free and vegan! Check out the Artist Residence in Brighton here.
How to get to Brighton?
So Brighton is actually as close and easy to get to as London especially if your flying into Gatwick Airport. Coming from Norway you can get really cheap tickets with Norwegian, I got a round trip for 500 NOK which is probably the best deal you can get, unless you fly with Ryanair. All you need to do when you arrive is to collect your luggage and jump on the first train to Brighton! The ticket is about 13 GBP and you will be there in 30 minutes! When you get off the train you will be right in the center of the city, which makes it super easy to walk or take an Uber/Taxi to the place you are staying at. What I loved the most about Brighton is that you can literally walk everywhere, which makes the experience both practical, sporty and easy!
"I absolutely loved Brighton, even though the weather was really bad! I definitely want to come back during summertime! If you are planning a trip London anytime soon, you should definitely take a day trip to Brighton! Only one our from London by train!"
Things to do in Brighton
Vine Street Vintage: A cute little furniture vintage store on Vine street with unique furnitures from all over the world. The perfect spot to stop by if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind piece for your home or just some interior inspo!
Wolf & Vintage: A vintage store in one of the busy narrow streets of Brighton. A selection of unique and beautiful vintages pieces! Loved their earring collection!
Brightons Big Screen: During summer Brighton has an outdoor beachfront movie theatre where they show classic films and new releases! Definitely a must visit if your in Brighton during summertime!
Bike rental: Exploring Brighton by bike is definitely the perfect alternative if the weather is on your side! There are plenty of places to rent bikes around town and its such a cool and local way to discover everything Brighton has to offer. A tip is to bike along the beach front and stop by the famous pier for an ice cream!
Magazine Brighton: I absolutely adored this cute little magazine shop! Im a sucker for unique books and magazines and this store has it all!
North Laine: So the North Laine is the bohemian and artistic shopping area of Brighton. If you like vintage shops, street art, cool cafes and the retro flea market vibes, this is your spot!
Seven Sisters Country Park: So if you have googled Brighton you have probably seen some photos of this already! Unfortunately the weather was really bad when we were there, but if you are lucky with the weather you should jump on a bus and visit this park, more information about it here.
Where to eat?
The Flour Pot Bakery: A bakery with plenty of delicious and freshly made pastries even vegan croissants, daily soup, bread, sandwiches and coffee!
Wi Kika Moo Kau: This place isnt fancy, but rather cosy and tasty! I had a gluten free and vegan wrap with falafel and hummus! Absolutely delicious, and not pricy at all! They also have soups, cakes, salads, veggie burgers, coffee and smoothies etc!
The Set: This restaurant is located at The Artist Residence. They have unique and delicious tasting menus, where all the food looks like art! Check out the restaurant and their menu here.
Bills: So I havent been here myself, but I have read about Bills a few places online and I understand that this is definitely the place to stop for burger and fries after strolling around town, have breakfast if you are hungover or pancakes if you are craving something sweet! And they have plenty of gluten free and vegan options as well! Check out their menus here!
Pelicano: This place has delicious coffee and pastries, if you are gluten free and vegan you have to try their flap jack bar. Perfect spot to fuel if you are out shopping!
For more inspiration and tips on where to eat in Brighton, check out this Instagram account: @brighton