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By the Sea, ohh I Know You’d Love It

If you live in London, it won’t take too long before another bored Londoner casually asks you one night, “So do you want to go to Brighton tomorrow?” I feel like it’s everyone’s second favourite city, and judging from the exodus of workers from London, it’s a pretty good place to live. I’ve been to Brighton in every season now, grey, greyer and slightly less grey and I always have a good time. It just so happened that one morning Sam woke up and declared that he wanted to be by the sea. Personally, I sometimes feel faintly trapped by London and fully embraced the idea. So off to Brighton we went. 

Brighton is less than an hour from London by train, and is home to the iconic Bright Pavilion and Brighton Pier. Personally, my favourite thing to do in Brighton is to have a good browse down in the Lanes. (And if you like Choccywoccydoodah in London, the original is in Brighton- try the Chunky Monkey Bar. It will change your life.) I also really recommend the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery in the Pavilion Gardens. They have some great pieces and exhibits! 

*Absolute bonus points if you can name the musical that my blog post title is from.*

brighton pier 2 brighton pierbeing silly carousel  booster ridewatchin the booster
Gazing up at the Booster knowing there’s no way I’d ever get on that.

beach goers
The West Pier which burnt down in 2003.

brighton wheel  
The Brighton Wheel. 

donut statue east pierme on the shore sam in the sand
Someone with really good taste must have gotten Sam such a nice backpack for Christmas…. 

sam skipping stones
Sam becomes extraordinarily competitive when it comes to skipping stones! 

pierlanes
Part of The Lanes.

pavillion roof
The Brighton Pavilion. 

lace detail    royal pavillion rp roofturrett   shore towards eastbourne shoreline   beach cabins

Have you been to Brighton? Do you like it or think it is overrated? 

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  • I have never been to Brighton but I have always wanted to go, it looks beautiful. Xx

  • I love life by the sea. It always is nice to escape city life for a bit πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Polly

    I absolutely love Brighton! My boyfriend went to university there, so we try to go back as often as possible but it’s tough as we live about 4 hours away… no day trips for us! I’ve not been for around a year now and these photos make me desperate to go back. It’s such a happy place and I’ve always said I’d love a second home there! The food in Brighton is the best, too. πŸ™‚ xx

    • Does he still have a lot of friends in the area that you all can stay with for a long weekend? That would be ideal! If commuting was a tiny bit cheaper I’d be annoying Sam everyday to move! x

      • Jennifer Polly

        Unfortunately most have moved due to the high costs of living there! We usually book a hotel when we go and make a mini holiday out of it though, so it’s not too bad πŸ™‚ It’d be wonderful to live there! x

  • I would love to go there. There are so many places I’d love to visit in the UK.

  • I hear people talking about Brighton all the time, but I had no idea it was this pretty! What a nice place to visit – when you go, do you just stay for the day or spend a night there?

    • We always just go for the day, but it’s a super quick trip for us. Since we live pretty far south of the river in London, Brighton is only about 40 minutes away. xx

  • I went to Brighton once back in 2008 and had such a fun day and I think my favorite picture of me and my grandpa was taken that day!

  • Ala

    Sweeney Todd! Love it. I haven’t actually been to Brighton as an adult, but I know it’s super easy to get there from London Bridge and Victoria! Looks like you had a wonderful day x

    • Yes! You win. You got it first! Your prize is the award of “best commenter of the day” πŸ˜‰ Super easy to get there. In fact, we don’t even go in to Central London, we can jump on a Brighton train in Croydon. (Perhaps this is the only valid reason to go to Croydon?) x

      • Ala

        YEESSSSS! Which reminds me of how long it’s been since I watched it…! Yeah you’re right I can do that via New Cross Gate! And hahaaaaa here here, to go to Brighton and Ikea! x

  • SWEENEY TODD.

    PS I heart Brighton and these photos are ace xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • YES! Something about Brighton just made me sing that crazy Mrs. Lovett song the whole time. And thanks! xx

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I have really fond youthful memories of Brighton and it’s where my grandmother lived when I grew up. So we were always taken to the pier and for fish and chips. I’ve been back a couple of times since for hen parties!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • Do you have a favourite Brighton restaurant? xx

      • Angie SilverSpoon

        We always used to take my granny to a place called Bankers which is just a fish and chip place but brings back so many memories. By coincidence when I was there on the hen do we went back there.

        • HA! What a coincidence- Sam really wanted fish and chips for lunch and that’s were we went purely by chance! xx

          • Angie SilverSpoon

            How lovely!!

  • I love Brighton! I think if I was ever going to move out of London, Brighton would be the place I’d move to πŸ™‚ x

    • I may or may not *cough, cough may* have looked at pretty much every single estate agency window to see if there was a flat that would make commuting costs worth while πŸ˜‰ xx

      • I may or may not *cough, cough may* have done exactly the same thing… On numerous occasions. (there seems to be a nasty cough around at the moment! πŸ˜‰ lol) x

  • I’ve never been to Brighton, but I do love being by the seaside no matter the weather! Definitely want to discover the British coast line more πŸ™‚

  • Boys get so competitive over the silliest things!! I didn’t realise Brighton had so many global architectural influences, I’ll have to visit there some day!

    • The architecture in Brighton is fabulous. And Sam is hyper-competitve but he’s the youngest of three boys and one of his older brothers is even MORE competitive! x

  • I’ve never been to Brighton but I you’ve now convinced me! Lovely photos πŸ™‚

    • Its really lovely! And even though it gets super crowded in the summer time, I still enjoy going! x

  • I love love LOVE Brighton… and you’ve just reminded me that I want to go visit again really, really soon!!

  • I also like to escape from the buzz of London to the seaside, and I love Brighton. Such a lovely place!
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  • Ana Valentin

    Ah! You lucky duck you! Brighton is where I want to move with my boyfriend oddly enough! Its close enough to London where I can commute for work if need be (hopefully I’ll be a freelance writer and full-time blogger, but I need a following first haha). But far away enough where I don’t have that “city” feel. Great post! Once again envious of life over in the Uk. Lots of love from the States!
    http://figuringoutmyeverafter.com

    • If we could make the commute work, I’d love to move outside the city to somewhere like Brighton! xx

      • Ana Valentin

        I assume rent would be cheaper outside of the city too πŸ™‚

        • It used to be way cheaper which was amazing, but over the past few years everyone has been moving out to Brighton and to commute in to London so that’s brought up the property prices unfortunately! x

  • I’ve still not been! So many places in the south I want to explore. Maybe this year!

  • HA! I don’t want to laugh at what was clearly a tragic incidence in your past…but that is too finny! πŸ˜€ What kind of doughnut was it? xx

    • I’m sorry you got hurt and I really shouldn’t laugh but reading this comment legitimately gave me the giggles! Especially with a seagull stealing a steak as well! xx

  • amitygardens

    I want to go to there.

  • I’ve never stayed the night but I hear it’s incredible. I had a flatmate go visit old college friends one weekend and she came back to the flat late Sunday in a very sorry, but oh-so-delightful state. The sign of a great night out, I think! x

  • That pavilion is unbelievable!

    • So stunning! It was built by one of the royal princes during the reign of Victoria as his pleasure palace, essentially. x

  • Okay, definitely adding Brighton to my must visit list for the UK! Meanwhile I’ll have to settle for a weekend in Galveston to get that amusement park on the pier experience.

    • Hahaha you know what, Galveston’s not so bad! πŸ™‚ I’m originally from New Mexico and one set of my grandparents lived in TX, the other live close to the NM-TX border πŸ™‚ xx

  • Haven’t been to Brighton yet, but definitely want to check it out! I’ve only heard good things about it so far. My desire to visit Choccywoccydoodah is based solely on the name. Wouldn’t even need to eat anything there; I’m pretty sure my heart would stop if I just stood inside the place and smelled things for long enough.

    • You’ll definitely have to check Brighton out one sunny weekend. Choccywoccydoodah only makes chocolate confections, but gorgeous ones. Like works of art! x

  • I’ve never been to Brighton, but the pictures make it look like a true step back in time as far as beach cities go!! Love your pictures.

    • Thanks Sara! Brighton is really lovely, and it makes sense why it’s so popular with commuters! x

  • I’ve never been to Brighton! Sometimes I feel like the only person that hasn’t been but every time we went to the beach as kids we always went to the Norfolk cost, never to the south. It always strikes me a nice place to go though.

    I like how you managed to capture the splash of the stone too! We’re always trying that and I always miss the splash haha.

    • Haha, to tell you a secret- I thought I had missed the splash. It wasn’t till I had got home and uploaded them on the computer that I saw it and felt really proud, although it was clearly a fluke! x

  • Your photo and writing make me want to travel to Brighton. The city of sea is so beautiful. Heard that Brighton is also famous for the candy called “Brighton rock”

    • Yes! Personally, I’m not sure I love eating it, but it is a staple! And thank you so much! x

  • I’ve heard of Brighton a lot, but haven’t really seen any pics of it, so this is great! And I also don’t feel right if I’m in cities for too long. I feel most alive when I’m by the water!

  • Okay, you win the award for most perfectly timed blog post as I’m going to Brighton for the first time this weekend! It felt like fate when this popped up on my blogroll.

  • I’ve heard of Brighton, but have never been. It looks like a great day trip from London. I really like the architecture of the Brighton Pavilion – very cool! And beautiful photo of the carousel πŸ™‚ I will have to keep it in mind if I get the chance to visit London this year!

    • It’s really neat and super convenient for a day trip so I hope you get the chance to visit! x

  • I love Brighton! So much fun to be had. I really miss just being able to get in the car and drive down for the day.

    • I think I’d move to Brighton if it was at all possible. And I miss being able to drive, but I’d far to terrified of London drivers to transfer my US license! x

      • Gosh, I’d love to have lived down there but it’s just ridiculously expensive, especially if you need to commute in to London for work.

        I never drove the whole seven years I lived in London. Needless to say, I was a bit shaky coming back to Australia!

        • It’s so frustrating because while the rental flat prices are cheaper than the average flat in London, with commuting it would end up being about the same, if not more expensive than just living in London. Grr….

          If only they could call about Β£200-Β£300 cheaper…. x

  • It’s my hubby’s favorite city too! He went there during a work trip. Hope I can visit in a year or two!

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  • I went to Brighton a couple of years ago after I’d been
    living in Europe for few months, and
    LOVED it. I’ve spent most of my life living near the ocean and there’s just
    nothing like it. If we ever move to the UK, Brighton is definitely near the top of the
    list!

    • Hurray! I think Brighton is just fantastic! I’d definitely move there if I had a chance. London is great obviously, but still! xx

  • It was nice to see parts of Brighton besides the sea, although I do love that sea! My favorite band (Blood Red Shoes) is from Brighton and their first single was called “It’s Getting Boring By the Sea”… so I guess that’s how they thought of it. I think it looks nice though, hah.

    • Brighton is really nice. It also pretty famously has some crazy night life. But on the flip side, it is pretty small, so even if you do have a great bar scene after awhile it’d all get a bit same-y. xx

  • I’ve never been to the UK, but I love the backpack you got for Sam. πŸ™‚ I got my husband a nice backpack for his wedding gift last year; now I don’t have to tote his stuff around when we travel! Haha.

    • Thanks Megan! Sam had a backpack before I got him this one, but it was about 15 years old was looking absolutely disgusting. It was time for it to retire πŸ˜‰ x

  • We have family friends who live just over in Worthing, and it’s so fun to visit them – they have little kids, so it’s always a blast to be by the sea with them! never been in winter though… brr!

    • It wasn’t too bad temperature-wise! We lucked out and it was a pretty cloudless day! You could tell it had been the first “nice” day in awhile though because everyone was out in the street going on walks! x