Brighton – A Day Trip From London
On my first visit to London I decided to take a few days outside the city and enjoy new sceneries. I heard a lot about Brighton and also met friends on Couchsurfing.org who live in Brighton and invited me for a cup of tea :). I took a train from Victoria station and arrived to Brighton after only one hour. The city is very compact so its really easy to manage around. Here are some of the great things Brighton has to offer.
The Beach -Boardwalk and Pier
The Brighton Pier is the most famous and central attraction in the city. Arriving in Brighton I was heading south to the legendary seafront walking across this beautiful victorian pier and arches. The weather was breezy and I was wandering around the loads of little cafes, Pubs and restaurants along the boardwalk. The seafront itself is very beautiful and I came across seagulls flying out to sea, carousels, small Fish & Chips stalls and souvenir shops.
The Royal Pavilion
This dazzling pleasure palace of King George IV, Prince of Wales, has the most exotic and oriental appearance. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style. To me the kitchen and dining room were the most impressive. The tour inside the palace is fascinating and takes only one hour (cost £10.50).
The Lanes quarter offering independent boutiques and bohemian alternative shops and cafes. The fabulous distorting alleyways are full of pubs and restaurants to choose from. There are so many quality ones and of all kinds . I suggest going to any cosy pub around the North Laine to try delicious traditional Fish & Chips and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The Tea Cosy
My favorite experience I had on my visit to Brighton and it’s definitely a must see! Meeting up with my Couchsurfing friends, who also live and study in Brighton, we went for afternoon tea at this fabulous tea room. The Tea Cosy is aspecial tea room and a tribute to Diana, The princess of wales. This small place is wonderfully quirky with such a kitsch design, Diana-loving, cozy and fun! It’s always full so its better to book a table in advance. It offers a varied tea selection, lovely camp music and the most delicious Scones with cream and Jam. If you come with a group of people you should order the ‘High Teas’ which is a selection of cakes, finger sandwiches, Scones and a free refill.