The Best of Brighton

 18 January 2021 

Now that the UK is opening up again, it won't be long until people start heading down to Brighton for some sun, sea and ice cream! Plus, with international travel still looking uncertain for 2021, this summer could mean more of us end up holidaying closer to home. So here are my recommendations if you're heading to Brighton for the first time!

Explore the Lanes

You'll find an eclectic mix of antique stores, cafes, galleries, bakeries, boutiques and restaurants in the Lanes. Some stand out spots for me were Paxton + Glew gallery for trendy artwork, Flint House (for drinks and small plates), and Boho Gelato for desert. Even if you don't end up eating or drinking in the Lanes, it's a picturesque maze that's fun to wander around and get lost in (in a good way!).

If anyone's into a bit of history about the area.. The Brighton Lanes were due to be demolished in the 60's but thankfully, public opinion voted against the plans. The Lanes were considered run down, grotty and unattractive because it was the old fishing town. The narrow 17th-century cottages were homes to fishermen and even though the houses looked quaint from the outside, apparently inside it was unsanitary, crowded and slum-like. Nowadays it's seen as the most instagram-able area of Brighton, it certainly feels hip when you wander around. The average rent price for a 2 bed apartment on the Lanes is around £1750 per month. How things change!  

Brighton Palace Pier

It might seem a little bit cliche, but I don't think Brighton would be Brighton without a stroll up and down the Palace Pier. It's kind of a miracle that it's still there. It's survived for more than a century, including two world wars and the worst of British weather.

Whilst it's not entirely my vibe, the Palace Pier is a famous Brighton landmark. It's the perfect place for a stroll on a hot day with an ice cream in one hand and if you're anything like me, a camera in the other. The arcade, the rides and donut stands on the pier ooze nostalgia for Brits that grew up spending their summer holidays at English seaside towns. It's got some of those jokey photo-opportunities where you put your head through the hole of photo cutouts. There's also a famous fortune teller in a gypsie caravan if you're feeling brave. It's a must visit if you're wanting to soak up the vibe and the energy. Trust me, you'll see some amazing characters just by people watching.

British Airways i360 Tour

If you're looking for an amazing view, book a ticket for the i360! The British Airways i360 is a 160m tall observation on the Brighton Seafront, bettering the Brighton wheel as Brighton's tallest tower. It is a fully enclosed viewing pod from where you can enjoy a 360 view of Brighton (it also has a bar on board!)

What's great is that when you buy a ticket the staff working there all treat it like an actual flight, so prepare for the full British Airways experience and also security checks. It's like a domestic flight (but you only travel up and then down) and some people have called it 'the vertical pier'. It's bigger than it looks, and can carry up to 200 people per flight.

Visit the Royal Pavilion

A tour around the Royal Pavilion is definitely one to consider if you're looking for a cultural visit. It's unlike any other castle in England, the building itself looks like a mini Taj Mahal. When I saw it for the first time I thought it looked like something out of a children's fairytale book, but it was actually the former seaside residence of King George IV. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get inside, due to Covid-19 restrictions, but once things open back up i've been told that it's one of the best things to do in Brighton.

Make sure to get the audio tour, so that as you walk into each room, there's a voiceover narrating it's history. The current cost of the tour and info on opening times can be found here.

If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that Joel and I launched a channel last year all about UK travel. In January of 2020, we decided to post our UK travel content on a channel called "Those Two Brits' so as not to dilute the niche of the Joel & Lia channel. It was the best and worst thing we've ever done since coronavirus then sent us into lockdown, and we've only managed to film 2 UK trips since the start of 2020. The first was Cambridge, and the other one is Brighton. You can check out our informative and fun Brighton videos by clicking here and also our check out our downloadable mobile E-Guide here, ahead of your trip.


Lia Hatzakis
Hiya! I’m Lia, a British born Greek-Cypriot youtuber and actress living in West Sussex, UK. Welcome to my blog! I share my life stories, recipes, travel guides and outfits. Expect lots of ramblings and cups of tea.

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