I’ve visited Brighton several times, but I’d never experienced it in the summer, and boy was it a different animal! Upon leaving the train station you walk straight down the hill to reach the water. Luckily for us, the chilly wind kept a far few beach goers away, allowing us plenty of space to lounge in peace.
Then we headed to the pier for much cheesy board-walk fun. FYI- individual rides cost about £4, but you can also buy the £20 wristband which entitles you to unlimited rides all day long. So if that’s your plan for the day, definitely opt for the wristband.
For lunch we headed to the Regency, which is on many people’s favourite fish ‘n’ chips restaurants. Sam is quite the fish ‘n’ chips connoisseur and he definitely gave it his stamp of approval (while still maintaining that the best is in Scarborough). I had the grilled chicken breast and I was super impressed that it was given such loving care. It was super tasty and flavourful, which is rare in a fish ‘n’ chips shop. Not only was it really reasonably priced it also had incredible views of the sea!
Later on, I ran into a parade of mermaids, called “March of the Mermaids”, a local group raising awareness about marine conservation issues. It was originally inspired by the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York, and is now in it’s third year. This really typifies what I love about Brighton!
I spent most of the day wandering the sea front and had room to eat one of the finest ice cream cones of my entire life. I opted for a single scoop of pistachio and it had gorgeous chunks of pistachio in it. (For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the shop, but their ice cream was spectacular.) By the end of the day, I was so exhausted that I literally fell asleep laying on the pebble beach before catching the train back to London.
Have you experienced Brighton in the summer?