Given it is only 1.5 hours away via train from London, Brighton is the perfect weekend getaway or day trip for us. We purchased ‘super off peak’ tickets and managed to get them for £7.15 for a return trip on a Saturday. We were so lucky with the weather – it was warm and the blue skies were out. It also meant that there were a lot of birds flying around and unfortunately we both got pooed on less than 10 minutes after arriving haha.
The first stop when we reached Brighton was to get a coffee, of course. We had heard great things about Small Batch Coffee Company. They have several locations around Brighton and Hove but we went to the branch located on Jubilee Street.
Coffee from Small Batch Coffee
After coffee, we walked around Kensington Gardens and Sydney street which had some great boutiques and vintage shops (if you’re from Melbourne, it reminded me a little of Sydney Road and Brunswick Street) before stopping off at the Flour Pot Bakery for lunch. It was so busy but we managed to get a table outside. I had a mushroom and egg brioche and Andrew had a pastrami sandwich, which were both tasty.
We then walked to the Royal Pavilion. We didn’t go inside because we wanted to be outside in the sun that day but we will have to do that next time we are in Brighton.
After coffee, we walked around The Lanes area before stopping off for tea and cake at Cafe Coho. There were several cake options so we had trouble deciding. We ended up sharing a coconut raspberry cake which was amazing.
A visit to Brighton wouldn’t have been complete without a stop-off at the pier. It was a clear day that day so we knew we would be in for a stunning sunset and we weren’t wrong. Insert heart eyed emojis here..
The last stop of the night was dinner at Fatto a Mano. We headed there straight after the sunset for an early dinner because we had heard that they get extremely busy. We demolished a pizza each and they were easily some of the best pizzas we had eaten outside of Italy. Andrew ate a salami pizza and I had one with aubergine and smoked ricotta.
… and that was it! 24 hours in Brighton. It was the perfect day trip. I can only imagine how amazing the town would be during the Summer. We will definitely have to go back!
- If you do a return trip from London on the same day, it tends to be much cheaper than if you leave the next day, plus you save on accommodation.
- Purchase super off peak tickets to get the best value tickets
- Hang out by the pier to watch an amazing sunset on a clear day.
Have a great weekend everyone!