Brighton Palace Pier sign lit up

Last week, my Mom and I went on a trip to Brighton, rescheduled from the weekend when the UK went into lockdown. We had no idea we would still be going through a pandemic when we rescheduled it for August, but it was nice to have a break nonetheless. The weekend we visited Brighton was after the heatwave and the weather was rather wet and windy, but living in Birmingham, it is nice to be anywhere near the sea as it is a rare occasion for us!

We headed down on a Sunday morning, and after a 3-hour drive (with a bit of time stuck on the M25) we arrived in Brighton. I’d really recommend looking at JustPark when driving to Brighton – it would’ve been £25 a night to park at our hotel whereas it was just over £30 to park on a driveway just a 10-minute walk from our hotel. We stayed at The Old Ship Hotel on the seafront, which was clean, the customer service was great, the only thing I’d mention is that our room was rather dated. After putting our stuff in our room we headed out for a walk on the beach before there was an absolute downpour and we got completely soaked! On Sunday evening we went for a roast dinner at The Geese, followed by dessert and cocktails at The Ivy in the Lanes which I will be posting reviews on soon.

We went out rather early on Monday morning for breakfast at The Breakfast Club, before heading over to Brighton Pavilion which is such an incredible place to visit, I was in awe at the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and the interesting stories behind the pavilion. I’d recommend going here if you ever visit Brighton, especially if you love history or are interested in the royal family.

We then explored The Lanes a bit and headed into photomatic before getting an ice cream from the famous Boho Gelato. I had vanilla and mint while my Mom was a bit more exotic and chose melon and sour cherry. On our way to the beach, there was another huge downpour and after waiting under a canopy for a few minutes, we decided to go on a walk towards the Hove beach huts – when in Brighton ey! It was incredibly windy so taking photos over the few days proved quite difficult, but I still managed to capture some memories. We walked back towards the pier to look around before going back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

We went for an eat out to help out meal at Pizza Express at the Marina, we wanted to eat somewhere around the Marina and I can’t resist the doughballs! I loved that you could see out on to the Marina through the restaurant, it was such a pretty view. Afterwards, we went for drinks at Drake’s hotel, it was lovely in there and we had a great view of the pier lit up at night. It was actually someone’s wedding evening who was in the hotel and they’d picked a great playlist to play in the bar! 

Brighton Marina, boats and ships on a marina

On Tuesday morning we decided to pack up our things and head home earlier than planned as Storm Francis was well underway. When getting a taxi to Bill’s for brunch I couldn’t even close the door because it was so windy! Despite the weather, we had a lovely time in Brighton and would love to go back when the weather is hopefully better and when restrictions are lifted, it was a shame to have to book all of our restaurants and miss the sun when it was out whilst we were eating! A few nights away go so fast, I’d love to stay longer next time and stay with all of my family in an Air BnB as I think they’d love Brighton and its quirkiness!

Have you ever been to Brighton?