The seaside town of Brighton is beautiful, but this comes at a price: loads and loads of tourists everywhere. We asked a local to share her tips on where to go if you don’t want to be constantly knocked on the head by selfie sticks.
What is important to know before you head to Brighton?
It’s right by the sea, which makes you think of tanning and lying on a towel all day, but this is England so it’s actually pretty cold most of the time. It’s totally freezing in winter and packed with tourists in the height of summer so the best time to visit is the end of spring/beginning of summer, or the end of summer.
What’s the best thing to do in your city when you’re broke?
The beach is made up of pebbles so even if it’s cold and windy it’s nice to go down there as you won’t be blasted with sand. My friends and I take food to barbeque or a picnic and spend the day there catching what sun we can. The Level is a really pretty big green space where you can chill all day and watching jugglers, hula hoopers and other street entertainers for free. If you’ve got a tiny budget then hire a Life bike along the seafront and explore the town by bike.
Where can you go if you’re in need of some nature?
Of course you’re so close to the sea here, but it doesn’t feel that relaxing seeing as there are so many tourists around. Devil’s Dyke sounds terrifying but is a really stunning green area that you can walk around in, and it’s only a short bus ride away. The hills are relatively easy to climb and you get amazing views of the English countryside. Beachy Head is also very close. That’s where those iconic white cliffs are!
What is your favourite hidden gem?
Twisted Lemon is a bar hidden down an alleyway and it’s difficult to find unless you know it. I stumbled upon it totally by accident and now it’s one of my favourite places for a drink. They have happy hour every day until 9pm (except Saturdays). Pom Poko doesn’t look like much from the outside but it’s a Japanese cafe that serves delicious rice bowls for a great price, plus it’s BYOB so you can have a cheap night out here.
What’s the best spot for a night out?
Casablancas Jazz Bar has an open mic night every Thursday where drinks are £1,25 (that’s really, really cheap for the UK). It’s very student-y and can get quite messy but it’s a fun atmosphere. Mash Tun Pub plays great music and you’re allowed to dance on the tables and chairs (the inner Coyote Ugly fan in me loves this). They also have a death board where you can bet on celebs dying.
The Duke of York’s Picturehouse is the oldest cinema still in use in the United Kingdom. It’s an art-house cinema that plays both old films and new films that aren’t released everywhere, so it’s great for getting a unique cinema experience. They serve alcohol and you can grab a pizza from the bar which is made by a local pizza company.
In winter they erect an outdoor ice skating rink outside The Pavilion and in summer there’s a big outdoor cinema on the beach.
What’s the most Instagram-worthy spot in your city?
The Brighton West Pier at sunset is really beautiful. From here you can see the old burnt down pier, which can’t be knocked down because of its grade-listed status. The iron framework protrudes from the water; it looks cool and creepy.
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