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24 Hours in… Brighton

Next up in our ’24 hours in…’ series, which shines a spotlight on some of the most popular cities in the UK, we’re introducing contemporary seaside spot Brighton.

We’ve created a guide to making the most of a day and night there, offering some staycation inspiration for anyone planning a getaway on British soil this year, from waking up by the sea right through to daytime activities and the best place to enjoy dinner.

The much-loved destination is known for its iconic pier and beautiful beach, but there’s a lot more to see and do…

 

Where to stay…

Pictured below, The Old Ship Hotel is rooted on Brighton’s seafront promising uninterrupted views of the coastline. Several parts of the building date back to 1559, meaning it captures the area’s mix of historic and modern style with a contemporary twist.

Along with brilliant accessibility to the local surroundings, the hotel itself boasts unique and spacious rooms for a great night’s sleep, all of which come with an en-suite bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Guests can relax whilst having a drink in the sun within the outdoor terrace, and modern British cuisine can be enjoyed at The Wardroom Restaurant, before cocktails at the Mess Deck bar.

Why not take advantage of the hotel’s Brighton Rocks offer redeemable on stays up until the end of September? Choose from a two or three night stay including breakfast, dinner and the option of tickets to a local attraction or afternoon tea.

Best for breakfast…

Start the day with a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, with options ranging from cooked breakfasts to cereal, fruit and pastries. Planning a long lie-in? Award-winning Lucky Beach Café is a seven minute walk from the hotel and serves freshly made brunch until 11.45am. Plates include brioche French toast and seaside-inspired fresh crab and avocado Benedict.

Breathe in the sea air…

Following breakfast/brunch a wander down to Brighton Pier is a must. Thrill-seekers and history fans alike will appreciate this structure which is Grade II listed and home to several rides and attractions such as rollercoasters and arcade games. After a morning on the pier, move over to the beach to continue your walk or even build a sandcastle to mark your visit.

Re-energise with lunch…

Whatever type of cuisine you fancy for lunch, Brighton will have it. From freshly made sandwiches at The Flour Pot Bakery on Sydney Street and sophisticated vegetarian options at Food for Friends, to juicy burgers at Burger Brothers and locally sourced seafood at The Brighton Shellfish and Oyster Bar, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Top of the shops…

Guests won’t have to look far for a retail therapy fix as the city has a collection of popular high street brands as well as a thriving independent shopping scene. Top spots are The Brighton Lanes for independent shops and boutiques found in the historic quarter, Churchill Square which is the city’s main shopping centre with stores such as Urban Outfitters, Zara and River Island, and

Hove, where you can discover quirky fashion shops, independent homeware stores and laidback farmer’s markets selling local produce.

Scoop up an ice cream…

Ice cream tastes so much better at the seaside, and luckily Brighton has plenty of parlours to visit. For artisan flavours including sea salt caramel and sour cherry head to Boho Gelato, or there’s Gelato Gusto which has made over 200 flavours since opening six years ago.

And now for dinner…

After a day of getting to know the city treat yourself to a feast at the hotel’s Wardroom Restaurant. It serves up everything from torched mackerel to Dukkha spiced halloumi, so you’re sure to find something to your liking.

Cocktails with a view… 

To end the break on a high, take a trip up the British Airways i360 for 360-degree panoramic views of Brighton. You can do this with a delicious cocktail in hand at its Nyetimber Sky Bar – cheers!

For more information on the hotel’s Brighton Rocks offer and to book, visit www.thecairncollection.co.uk/special-offers/short-breaks/brighton-rocks/.