24 Hours in Brighton

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Visitors have flocked here for centuries, and it’s not just for the beach and pier combo. The self-proclaimed LGBTQ Capital of the UK and the only place with a Green Party elected MP, it’s no surprise that Brighton is considered one of England’s most liberal and diverse towns. After all, where else can you share the same stretch of street with fabulous drag queens, yummy mummies, Bob Marley-channelled hippies and pensioner ravers. 

And the best thing about this seaside town? It’s only an hour’s train ride from London. 

OUT AND ABOUT

Brighton’s star attraction is the beachfront and Victorian pier, and boy what a pier it is. Loaded with fish and chips restaurants, arcades, seagulls and rickety rides, it’s the perfect place to let your inner kid run riot. 

Post hyperactive fix, test your head for heights on the 162-metre high British Airways i360 observation tower. Though many Brightonians weren’t too pleased with the end result (nicknaming it the “iSore” instead – ouch), no one can knock the view from the top. Tip: head up at sunset for Instagrammable views over the Channel and the South Downs. 

Continue with a meander through Kemptown, the gay heart of town, finishing up at the exotic Royal Pavilion, an intriguing building built for King George IV covered in gilded dragons and carved palm trees. Cultural types can check out the in-house museum, non-cultural types can take a quick beer breather before carrying on. 

SHOP TIL’ YOU DRINK

Brghton is famous for its vintage clothing stores, the heart of which lie in The Lanes. This vibrant and historic quarter is full of retro fare, art galleries, erotic boutiques, bric-a-brac stores and tattoo parlours.
 
And if you’re looking to score some vinyl or gig tickets, hit up Resident Records, a much-loved independent record store in the North Laines. Close by lies Beyond Retro, Brighton’s largest vintage store, crying out for hipsters and fashionistas alike to trawl through its vast and colourful contents. 

AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A BOOZEHOUND

You haven’t ‘done’ Brighton properly unless you’ve had a good ol’ booze up, and there’s plenty of places to do it in. The Mash Tun and The Cricketers are great locals in the centre of town, where as St James Tavern is THE spot when in Kemptown. For classy cocktails, make for the Mesmerist. 

There’s also a few spots right by the beach. The Fortune of War is a great picture to lose a couple of hours, while OhSo Social next door is good for more upscale cocktails (no Sex on the Beach unfortunately.) 

If you’ve got any energy left, finish up throwing some shapes at Coalition or Concorde 2 (right by the beach) or at Green Store Door (under the station). Alternatively, catch a live gig at The Haunt – located in a converted cinema. 

HANGOVER HELP

Before you head back to the Big Smoke (that’s London by the way), you’ll need carbs, grease and possibly hair of the dog. Two of the best brunch options are the Kensingtons Café or the New Club. Or if you’re more burger than Eggs Benedict, stop for meat and two carbs at Brighton Burger. It’s just the ticket to fend off that pesky hangover. 

Set yourself apart in today’s job market by gaining a taste of work life and work experience to show employers you are driven, cultured and can work effectively in an overseas environment. The Intern in Britain program gives you the opportunity to boost your resume by interning in the UK for up to 6 months, and with so many AMAZING cities to discover, you'll be spoilt for choice. There's still time to sign up to be there this summer!