Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
Home to the city’s very own, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club. The Albion continue to fight from strength to strength alongside Head Coach Graham Potter to remain in the Premier League. Not only do the Seagulls always provide an interesting and entertaining game, but the stadium itself is of some interest to visit. Set in the East Sussex countryside, the American Express Community Stadium, nicknamed “The Amex” accommodates supporters with its vast ranges of pies, ales and even has the rare “luxury” of cushioned seats in the stadium. Even the acoustics provide an excellent atmosphere from the notorious North Stand. Being only a short train ride to the village of Falmer (where the stadium is based), from Brighton station, it is an unmissable trip for anyone coming to the city.
Once the heart of Brighton’s fishing industry, The Lanes provide a unique shopping experience for those visiting the city. The collection of alleyways and lanes boast a selection of designer shops from the likes of Bare Minerals, Cath Kidston, Ted Baker and Kurt Geiger, alongside a collection of many independent and quirky cafes and restaurants.
The Lanes are best wandered at your own pace and explored as you find them. Notoriously buskers are found down the sections of Brighton, providing visitors with a vast array of different music as they walk around or sit to listen.
If jewellery is what visitors are wanting, then The Lanes hold a collection of many jewellery shops, with some having antique pieces on for sale. If you are looking for a unique and different perspective of shopping to what you are normally used to, then The Lanes should be on your bucket list when you visit the city.
Brighton’s North Laine is most definitely up there with one of the top places to visit. The quirky streets display a bohemian bustle, oozing with a sense of retro chic. Here you can find many independent shops selling things from herbal essences, clothes, food, art studios, vintage chic and of course Brighton’s famous “Snoopers Paradise”, the most renowned flea-market in the South of England with over 90 different stalls offering a wide range of antiques, collectables, jewellery, vintage clothing and retro.
The Royal Pavilion
Once the seaside home of the Prince Regent (George IV), the Royal Pavilion is a must for any tourist. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style is the work of architect John Nash. Once you step inside, you’ll be transported to the Orient, with interior decorations themed with Chinese ornaments. The Pavilion is also home to a number of events each year from concerts in the music hall, to the annual ice rink outside the beautifully lit palace during the winter.
Selection of Restaurants and Cafes
Brighton has so many amazing restaurants that it is so hard to nail them all down to a minimum. Brighton being well known to be a host of vegetarian food has many vegetarian specified cafes and restaurant for the foodie to try. A particular favourite is “Food For Friends” down in The Lanes, which is a vegetarian restaurant. The food is fantastic here and so is the quiet setting. The restaurant has built up quite a rapport for being so good and has bought many foodies alike returning.
My top 5 Brighton Restaurants to try:
- Food For Friends – Vegetarian
- La Choza – Mexican
- The Ivy In The Lanes – Part of “The Ivy” chain
- The Chilli Pickle – Indian
- Pinocchio’s – Italian