The Last Word

A Weekend in Brighton

In the latest installment of our destination guides, we take a deep dive into the Brighton scene to find the best the town has to offer.

Brighton is the jewel of the south coast. A cultural hub full to the brim with history and activity. Rising from the shadows of its reputation as a place for Londoners to get a taste of the sea air, Brighton is making waves on its own terms, with people from all over the country making the pilgrimage all year round.

Brighton also holds a special place in the history of our brand, as it’s the place Ben Sherman called home and set-up shop upon returning from his travels in the USA back in the 1950s.

Brighton is a melting pot of arts and culture. From the hip, contemporary O N C A gallery to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, there’s plenty to keep even the keenest art aficionado entertained.

However to really see Brighton at its best, a wander along the Brighton Lanes is a must. This collection of tight, narrow lanes are full to the brim with hidden shops coffee houses and bars, offering you a great way to experience a taste of hidden Brighton.

It would be churlish to travel to Brighton and not take in a bit of seaside action, too. Brighton Pier is arguably the town’s most famous attraction, offering exquisite views out to sea and back over the coastline, as well as a plethora of classic fairground rides thrown in for good measure. Weather permitting, it’s also a good idea to pull up a striped deckchair on Brighton’s famous shingle beach, enjoying an ice cream or fish and chips as you sit back and relax.

The town of Brighton is host to more music venues than most decent cities, as well as one of the country’s best loved metropolitan music festivals. The Great Escape festival is a weekend-long celebration of new music, acting as a key turning point in the fortunes of many bands over the years. The 2018 edition, taking place over the weekend of May 17th, features rising stars such as Hunter & the Bear and Jack Vallier, and gives you an early chance to experience the acts that will become the soundtrack to the next few years.

Mainstays such as the Komedia, Brighton Dome and Concorde 2 are also regular venues on the touring circuit, making Brighton the perfect place to enjoy your favourite band in a new setting.

Any trip to the seaside isn’t complete without an enjoyable tipple, and thankfully Brighton’s bar scene is buzzing at the moment. For the wine lovers among you, Ten Green Bottles is your go to, offering both take home bottles and drink in options for a small corkage fee, championing some of the world’s best small vineyards you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

BYOC - short for Bring Your Own Cocktail - does what it says on the tin. You can’t buy pre made drinks in the venue, instead you bring your own spirits and mixologists will create the perfect concoction to suit your taste.

For something a little more traditional, head to Molly Malones, a prime example of a classic Irish bar.

The food scene in Brighton is also a joy to behold at the moment, with new casual dining options happily coexisting with the traditional cream teas and fish and chips you’d expect from a seaside resort

Of the newer wave of restaurants, Isaac At champions local ingredients to such a level you actually get a food mileage chart with the menu, making this restaurant run by a young team of talented chefs a true taste of the area.

Regency Restaurant is a Brighton institution, and is the place to go to enjoy the best catches of the south coast. The Bistro at Hotel du Vin will also give you a faithful example of the classic French cuisine available on the opposite shore.

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