Good morning everyone! I hope January is treating you well and you’ve had a great start to the new year! Recently, I’ve being doing quite a few day trips from London, trying to see as much of England as possible and I thought it was about time that I shared them with you. So first up on my list is Brighton. Englands seaside city, and home to the most delicious organic ice cream ever!
Arrival… getting there & the famous Brighton Pier
To get to Brighton, it’s super easy and takes just over an hour by train from South East London. I would recommend pre booking your tickets though, because the earlier you do it, the cheaper they’ll be. And the last thing you want is to be stranded at Brighton station at the end of the day, because all tickets back to London are sold out!
Arriving at the station early morning, I was excited to see that the sun was shining and the temperature was considerably warm for a spring day in England. Making my way through the exit, worried that the sun might disappear at any moment, I headed straight down to Brighton beach, for a little sun baking.
Missing the beaches in Australia, I was beyond excited to get my bikini on, and soak up some much needed Vitamin D on the soft white… pebbles? Okay, so this was not the beach I was envisioning. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it’s quite common for beaches this side of the world, to have pebbles instead of sand. Following the locals, I placed my towel on the pebbled ground and began to enjoy my surroundings. But after ten minutes, I was way too uncomfortable, so I opted for a nice walk along the pier instead.
Mid Morning Exploring… the laneways, markets & organic ice cream
Next up on my agenda was a visit to the laneways. Full of vintage shops and cute boutiques, I spent a good hour here before making my way to the various street markets on offer. I mainly window shopped, but if I was richer, I definitely would have come home with bags of goodies.
Following the markets, it was time for a snack and if there’s one thing Brighton does well, it’s their food. Being a sunny day, I was craving ice cream, so I paid a visit to Brass Monkey, an ice cream parlour where their ice cream is 100% organic. My flavour of choice was orange choc chip, and it was incredible! The best ice cream I’ve ever had an my new favourite flavour.
Afternoon Surprise… history with the Royal Pavilion
After grabbing myself an iced coffee and a bite to eat, I made my way to the Royal Pavilion. Built as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, this architecture beauty is not one to be missed. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t a beautiful castle in the middle of the town. I didn’t pay to go inside like some visitors did, instead I sat amongst the locals on the surrounding grass area, enjoying a little relaxation time.
There’s so much that Brighton has to offer, especially in the warmer months, so even though I only visited for the day, you could definitely make a weekend out of it.