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Alan Carr – Chatty Man & Johnathan Ross Sea Side Holiday

See two of our most recent guests this summer: Alan Carr – Chatty Man invites Johnathan Ross to stay at the Ambassador B&B in Brighton. To discover how they got on and their adventures, at The Ambassador B&B and in Brighton tune into C4 Channel 4 Friday 8th June 9pm.

Alan and Ambassador Receptionist Sylvie

Alan and Ambassador Receptionist Sylvie

Johnathan Ross with Ambassador B&B receptionist Sylvie

Johnathan Ross with Ambassador B&B receptionist Sylvie

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Love Box – For Valentines and Valentines’ All Year

She Said, Brighton’s Naughty But Nice Boutique for Lovers have created a Love Box of Goodies to spice up your Brighton Get Away.

Love Box

Love Box

Kamasutra Card Game

Ostrich Feather Tickler

Warming Massage Oil

Tingling Body Lotions

Tingling Body Balm

Lover’s Lotto

Rose Petals

Satin Eye Mask

Some Saucy Things to use and ware

Perfect for Valentines and Valentines all Year. Find She Said in The Lanes – 11, Ship Street, Brighton. You can also order your Love Box to be waiting in your B&B room when booking online at The Ambassador.

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Brighton Bed and Breakfast and budget bus trips in Brighton

When visiting, people too easily get trapped in Brighton. Hardly surprising as there’s so many things to do!

Bus

But if you are staying more than one day, or using the city as a base for UK tours, you should look at your Brighton Bed and Breakfast as a base from which to explore.

And it’s often the budget bus trips that provide the best service, taking you to attractions in Sussex and along the South East coast of England.

Here’s three of the routes to look for when planning a day trip:

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Valentines Day in Brighton and a splash of seaside seduction…

Looking at spending Valentine’s Day in Brighton? It’s a pretty good move, as not only are there lots of special offers on accommodation, there are deals to be had on food, too.

And it’s a romantic place. Nothing better than spending the evening strolling along the seafront hand-in-hand – ok, we can think of something, but there’s always a good chance of that happening later anyway- you hope!

Valentine's Day in Brighton Image:/Flickr Moffat

Valentine's Day in Brighton probably looks nothing like this Image:/Flickr Moffat

After a hotel room? Look out for Valentine’s Day hotel packages that offer sea views and discounts on two-night and three-night breaks, as it’s difficult to get anywhere for just one night – and let’s face it, it always looks dodgy rolling up at midnight trying to book in last minute to a B&B in Brighton for just one night.

Unpacking done, it’s time to get out into it all. And you needn’t venture far: Brighton pier takes on a special quality outside of the summer season so give it a wander. There’s fewer people, better views and more space to roam; jump on the ghost train together and you’ll soon have your partner cuddling up for comfort.

Key to a romantic evening is good food, and you’ll be overwhelmed with choice when it comes to fine dining on Valentine’s Day in Brighton.

From here, it’s often on to bars and clubs. But not always a late finish of the sort you’d usually have when you are single…

It’s also the night for pulling! If you are not partnered up or on a promise, you’re secretly out there looking for someone right – and if you can’t find them, sometimes it just has to be someone tonight

Book a little hotel in Brighton, get yourselves to the seaside and let love do the rest. It’s in the air, so they say. But it’s sea air, so bring a scarf in case your lover can’t keep you warm.

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New Years Eve in Brighton – if you are not clubbing

Years Eve in Brighton – if you are not clubbing
Not everyone’s idea of a New Year’s Eve in Brighton is about clubbing. There are plenty of ways to celebrate into the without raving your arse off next to a wall of speakers…
Here’s a few suggestions for all the lovely people who are booking Christmas and New Year Hotel Breaks in Brighton over the Xmas and new year period. If you are on the coast looking to see in the new year with a not so loud bang, here’s a few ideas :
The Brighton Philharmonic
Yes, on the last day of the year the Brighton philharmonic will be treating audiences to a performance at the Brighton Dome. In Viennese style you’ll be treated to Wine, Women and Song by Strauss, and much more.
http://www.brightondome.org/events/Brighton-Philharmonic-Orchestra-New-Year’s-Eve-Viennese-Gala/4377
Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve Special
Yep, it’s till “ho, ho, ho” all the way up till 2012. Top acts, great food and excellent atmosphere at Komedia will have you chortling.
www.komedia.co.uk
Pubs in Brighton
Too many to mention, and they’ll all be celebrating in some way. We’ve our own favourites, but really it would be unfair to list them – we’d only be doing a disservice to all the other boozers and watering holes.
Here’s our latest pub of choice:  it’s welcoming, homey but not fusty, and has great open mic sessions attracting all ages.
Restaurants in Brighton
We’ve only just covered a selection that are running Xmas lunches in Brighton, so check there for ideas. Other favourites for celebrations are Donatello for its atmosphere
http://www.donatello.co.uk/

Not everyone’s idea of a New Year’s Eve in Brighton is about clubbing. There are plenty of ways to celebrate into the without raving your arse off next to a wall of speakers…

New Year in Brighton and no club Image: Flickr/Alexis Parkin

New Year in Brighton and no club Image: Flickr/Alexis Parkin

Here’s a few suggestions for all the lovely people who are booking Christmas and New Year Hotel Breaks in Brighton over the Xmas and new year period. If you are on the coast looking to see in the new year with a not so loud bang, here’s a few ideas :

The Brighton Philharmonic

Yes, on the last day of the year the Brighton philharmonic will be treating audiences to a performance at the Brighton Dome. In Viennese style you’ll be treated to Wine, Women and Song by Strauss, and much more.

Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve Special

Yep, it’s till “ho, ho, ho” all the way up till 2012. Top acts, great food and excellent atmosphere at Komedia will have you chortling.

Pubs in Brighton

Too many to mention, and they’ll all be celebrating in some way. We’ve our own favourites, but really it would be unfair to list them – we’d only be doing a disservice to all the other boozers and watering holes.

Restaurants in Brighton

We’ve only just covered a selection that are running Xmas lunches in Brighton, so check there for ideas. Other favourites for celebrations are Donatello for its atmosphere and The Lion and Lobster for its food.

We’ve pages here detailing What’s on in December

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Celebrating New Years Eve in Brighton

New Years Eve in Brighton, it’s the place to party! Take advantage of a deal on xmas and new year hotel rooms and get celebrating!

Whether you are looking for a pub for a pint or a club where you can dance all night, this town has both – and all manner of bars ibetween.

As you’ve guessed, there are packs of promoters pushing New Years Eve party tickets around Brighton.

Forget the flyers for a minute and have a read: Here’s a few class joints in which you can bring in the new year win proper Brighton style!

The Honey Club: New Year Party favourite

The Honey Club: New Year Party favourite

Funky Fish Club Marine Parade

Seems as if everyone in this town has a story from the Funky Fish Club! Always look more like a reception from a budget wedding than a nightclub. All goes to help create one of the best club atmospheres found in this town. Not a place to take yourself too seriously but to have a seriously good time.

Funky Fish, soul, Motown and arse – wiggling madness guaranteed and only £11 in advance.

Proud Brighton Ballroom 83 St Georges Road

First shake your arse now it’s a bit of claaas. Party in style after a three-course feast. Expect frilly knickers and temptation in Brighton’s decadent den of food and frolics.

Oceana Kings Road West

Oceana is running what it claims to be its biggest New Year’s Eve party ever! Expect predictable fun and games and the sort of night you thought you’d grown out of, but probably haven’t. If five bars and two rooms isn’t enough, you should move abroad.

Honey Club Kings Road Arches

Another club with a bit of a rep, the Honey Club, has an ‘I Love R&B & Good Times’ party. So expect it to be packed for classic disco in one room, and pumping R&B in an other and did some one mention Champagne and Canapés? Check out the VIP deals going for a booth, with general tickets fair at £20. Champagne Showers…

Audio 10 Marine Parade

New Years Eve in Brighton with a 1920’s twist. Audio brings live swing to the mix and confuses everyone. Got to love it. Try to remember what clubbing was like before Audio… Perfect end to a very busy year – and nights here don’t end till long into next year!

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Xmas shopping in Brighton and the North Laine area

Whether you’re doing your Xmas shopping in Brighton out of retail love or necessity, it doesn’t matter. That’s because there’s no other city in Sussex that can match Brighton when it comes to variety. So, tourists staying the weekend in Brighton or locals looking for Xmas bargains, it’s the place to visit.

Brighton's North Laine

Brighton's North Laine

Rather than list the obvious choices, we’ve pulled together some of the alternative shops found in the North Laine area that have taken our eye. Let’s face it, the major chains are everywhere so lets look for the Christmas gifts among the oddball outfitters that make shopping in Brighton such a special experience any time of the year.

Junkfunk – Gloucester Road

Top of our list for Xmas gifts. Clever, design-inspired odds and sods, original T-Shirts and clothes for both sexes, and packed with gift ideas. Contemporary – but without being miles up its own backside – and friendly staff. We like the vintage reproduction posters and stationary.

Gresham Blake - Church Street

Tailor to the stars and owner of an excellent frontage (we’ve been told), Gresham Blake specialises in bespoke clothing for both men and women. Not on everyone’s Xmas shopping list, however, take a look at their accessories. Excellent quality and ever creative, there’s wallets, ties, scarves and hats that you’ll not find anywhere else – and the tweed fitted ladies suit in the window, fantastic!

Cyberdog – Sydney Street

Suitably juxtaposed with Gresham Blake, Cyberdog is off the conventional clothing radar. Expect sci-fi inspired, cyber creations backed with a club soundtrack. It’s techno funk, future shock chic – devised by a space Chihuahua. You need to pop in.

One in the house – Trafalgar Street

Worth a visit just to walk around. It’s as much of an artists’ gallery as a retailer, and the presentation of furniture on the first and second floors is incredible. Patron of local artists, and retailers of intricate trinkets and delicate objects of desire.

Ooh La La – North Road

Name says it all. Outfitters for a very naughty Santa and his object of desire…

Looking for more information for your Xmas shopping in Brighton trip? Check out the North Laine Traders Association site shopping site and our deals on Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton if you want a bargain.

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I-deas for new things to do in Brighton this winter

If you haven’t noticed yet, Brighton’s got an eye. It’s not the most original design and hardly a new idea. But still, at night, with the pier behind, it’s a looker… and one of a few new things to do in Brighton this winter. And it’s not an eye, as in London Eye – but that’s because it’s a wheel…er?

Nice shot -Image Flickr/Sarah Whitherby

Nice shot! -Image Flickr/Sarah Whitherby

And we’ve yet to see a good picture of it – I mean really good. So before every café in Brighton gets slapped with images of our new seafront attraction, let’s see if we can’t get a few of our own.

Only original shots please: lets have lots of documentary stuff, twisted angles, long-time exposures and demonstrations of the general creativity that we are known so well for.

Other very festive activities include the Royal Pavilion’s Christmas Ice Rink, the traditional Christmas Winter Market in Churchill Square, and the fabulous CINECITY – Brighton Film Festival that runs up until Dec 4th.

And don’t forget to get us your pictures of the i-whatever it’s called onto our Facebook page – we’ve also got deals on rooms over Xmas and New Year in Brighton, but they are fast disappearing…

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Xmas in Brighton and New Year Hotel Breaks – Book early!

After such a stunning summer, many more people look set to return and book in for their Xmas in Brighton. Not only is the town set for a bumper Xmas but also New Year’s celebrations in Brighton are again going to get crazy.

Xmas in Brighton

Xmas in Brighton

With so much interest we’ve already come up with some great discounts for dates between Christmas and New Year.

Christmas holiday breaks can be had from Dec 27th – 29th at a fantastic 25% discount.

There’s many more  Xmas and New Year offers available. You can get a free night when you book a four-night New Years holiday in Brighton – and there’s the much-loved free late checkout, giving you till 1pm to shake off the night before.

Look out for 16% off bookings of two nights and 21% off bookings of 3 nights and more.

There’ll be the usually office parties, get-together’s and family reunions. And, try as you might to ignore Christmas , its spirit has a way of creeping up on you. So, good luck to you if you’ve had enough of it for one year and plan to lock yourself in with a crate of beer and a mountain of movies – but we’ll still see you out celebrating when it comes to the big day.

Happy New Year

Party on!

So, what’s happening over the festive period? Well, keep in touch and watch out for our Facebook posts – we’ll get together everything that’s festive and fun so you’ll know what’s in store when you visit our Brighton B&B.

It’s only 80 days till Christmas! Unbelievable – and we were swimming in the sea yesterday, in October!

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The Ghosts of Brighton

The dawn walkers you see wandering the seafront on weekends in Brighton aren’t zombies, they’re just clubbers who couldn’t get enough! Still, there are some places in Brighton where the dead can be found… And if you know the right man, you can walk in their footsteps.

Rob Marks keeps strange company. And creepy tales unfold as he takes people on a ghost walk of the Lanes , and through the dark history of the city. He explains more:

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

Walking with Brighton's ghosts. Image: Flickr/Louwuselchen

The Brighton Ghost Walk is very popular, but when did you start your wanderings?

I began my wandering around the Lanes three years ago. I had carried out extensive research into the many alleged hauntings in the area and scripted the show three years before.

The walk’s for all ages, but are there some tales you have to leave untold?

The walk is essentially light-hearted fun and I tend to juxtapose the dramatic intensity of the stories with comic respite. I carry a Gladstone bag filled with props relating to my tales; some mildly gruesome. However, the kids love it and I always make a special point of bonding with them throughout the walk.  I made a point of choosing tales that were suitable for all age-ranges so there are none that I would leave untold. There are occasions when I have simplified the language for younger groups and left out any risqué jokes.

Ever been really spooked yourself?

I’ve been doing this for a long time in Brighton and York. One thing I’m pretty sure of is that ghosts can’t harm you. Nevertheless, I did once feel a tad spooked when visiting an old empty, part derelict house that I was later told was haunted.

Most weekends in Brighton are peaceful affairs, so why walk with its ghosts?

Weekends in Brighton are also fun affairs and the ghost walk is all about having fun.

What’s the town’s most haunted spot?

The original fishing quarter, now know of as the Lanes, is unquestionably the most haunted part of the city. There is hardly a street or lane that does not have a spectral connection.

If you came back to haunt the town, where would you hang out?

New Road, opposite the Pavilion Gardens. It’s a delightful spot to sit and while away an hour of two over coffee and watch the world go by.


Take a look at Rob’s video on the Ambassador Facebook page.

Bringing your family to the coast this weekend? We’ve family rooms in Brighton.

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