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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!

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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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Brighton UK: 5 very British Brighton attractions

Planning on visiting Brighton UK this year, you’ll be looking for those traditional British attractions. And as much as we like to avoid stereotypes around these parts, there’s no doubting the south coast has its fair share of Britishness for visitors from Europe to enjoy.

Brighton Rock, crunchy not movie Image Flickr/lilvanili

Brighton Rock: crunchy, not movie Image Flickr/lilvanili

Here’s our 5 favourite British attractions proving we’ve still got it.

Brighton Architecture

A weekend in Brighton is just enough time to pass some of the finest English houses and architectural styles you can find. There was a surge in house building during the reign of George IV and these regency styles continued to be popular long after he died. Local firm Wilds & Busby built much of Kemp Town and Brunswick Town. And all around these are lesser streets copying the familiar regency style terraces and squares. Check out Brunswick Square and walk east from our Brighton B&B towards the marina – you’ll find many others.

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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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Brighton UK : Why our friends from Europe start and finish in Brighton

Brighton UK is not just a weekend favourite, it’s also traditionally where many visitors from Europe start off and finish their whirlwind tours of the UK.

Europe's coming to Brighton

Europe's coming to Brighton

Now, you’d think they’d just jump off the plane and rush into overpriced London digs. Well, they don’t; they get a weekend in Brighton, chill out and plan their route from here.

And, often they also finish their trip with a night here, too.

So, why would you choose to stay your first weekend in Brighton?

Here are five good reasons:

Close to the airport

Flights into Gatwick drop off passengers from all over Europe, and it’s just around the corner. Well, Brighton UK is just 30 mins by train, but it’s still better than heading the other way into London.

To help prepare

If you’ve arrived after hours of connections and faffing around, the last thing you need is to be chucked in the middle of it all, when really you should be taking the time to chill and prepare for the next 7, 10 days of holiday.

Brighton’s a special place

You know it, we all know it, and by the time they leave, they’ll know it too: Brighton UK is unlike any other town. And if you make the effort to come here, you’ll enjoy special offers on Brighton Accommodation and soon see why.

It’s the beach, stoopid!

Yes, everyone loves a beach. And given the chance, most people would rather wake up next to the sea than between two tower blocks. So what if it’s not summer! Get a bit of sunlight going and Brighton brightens, regardless of the temperature.

To wind down

Yes, not only do tourists spend their first few nights in Brighton, they also book a weekend at the end to check out the things to do in Brighton before they leave. It’s a bit of a treat and a time to relax and reflect on their holiday – most tourists stick to the south, but often roam all the way to Cornwall and back, so resting up at the end often helps finish their trip to Brighton UK in style.

And of course they come for the nudist beach! But probably just to laugh at the 10 or so Brits brave enough to put their crown jewels on display.

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New Year’s Eve in Brighton : swimming anyone?

Well, we’ve been looking for alternatives to going out clubbing on New Year’s Eve in Brighton and we may have found something a little more hardcore than the dance floor: Swimming in Arundel Lido!

Arundel Lido: colder than a witch's xxx - or is it?

Arundel Lido: colder than a witch's xxx - or is it?

Now, while it’s not Brighton proper, it is only a short bus trip away and as one of the few remaining lidos in the country is worth a visit.

But swimming out doors on New Year’s Eve? Barking! So, if it’s all a little too hardcore, you could always come back next year – yes folks, it’s open on New Year’s Day as well!

New Year Hotel breaks in Brighton don’t have to be all-nighters, there’s always activities for families on hand.  So take a trip to the only open-air Lido in West Sussex ( it has recently celebrated its 50th Birthday).

I’d love to promise you it had warmed up over those years, but it probably hasn’t! (Actually, the manager has assured would-be swimmers that the water temperature is up.) And there will be mulled wine and hot drinks to warm the cockles.

And it’s not free, either. But what is on New Year’s Eve in Brighton? And anyway it’s only £4 for adults, £2 for under-18s and free if you are under 5 or over 80.

You could always try nearer to home with the Saltdean Lido. You can take the bus there and enjoy the walk back along the under cliff walk to the Marina and back into town – perfect start to New Year.

And for the proper mental ones, you could meet up with the curious tribe of bearded creatures who swim everyday in the sea off Brighton. Beautiful people – little crazy – but beautiful!

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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 South Lanes

Staying for the weekend you can guarantee you’ll be tempted to get your Xmas shopping in Brighton, and if you only get as far as Churchill square you’ll have missed out!

On the same side of town, just down the hill towards the pier is one of the country’s best shopping areas: the South Lanes – or is it Brighton Lanes, or is it upper case at all? Commonly described as more ‘upmarket’ than its northern contemporaries – although we’d debate this – it’s a place where wandering and speculating will unearth a mini treasure trove of gifts.

Some of the smaller shops are truly independent, while through Duke’s Lane you’ll find more of the boutiques brimful of brands.

Xmas shopping in Brighton you’ll never be short of choice, but here’s 5 of our favourite retailers to help you with your last minute shopping.

Lush - East Street

Not independent in anyway as it’s a chain, but still a delight. Smells pour from its door, drawing in the passing unwashed and stink obsessed bath and soap lovers – stocking filler specialist.

England at Home 22B, Ship ST/ 59, Ship St

Fun and fashionable collections of gifts and home wares, mainly designer gear but still, it’s Xmas! And if you look out of the door of one shop, you’ll see the other straight opposite – and over you trot.

Custard, tasty.

Custard, tasty.

Custard 3, Union St

Gift and card shop Brighton style – so expect some adult humour and interesting interpretations of the regular Xmas card. If you are new to these shores and have a liking for British humour, check out the sufferable Modern Toss, as stocked here – offence guaranteed.

Peggs & Son 39, Duke St

Contemporary and casual gents wear, cool and well-collected Peggs & Son recently moved up the road and into a bigger store on Duke St. If I had to pick one men’s shop in the south Lanes on style alone it would be this one

C& H Westons 12, East Street

But it’s full of guns we hear you say, but look past to next door and you’ll find the only Barbour shop in town – (not barber shop, Barbour – the timeless British outfitter who’s designs are proper country style and all over fashion at the moment). Take a look at the real stuff – and if you really want a gun…

And there’s always Xmas shopping in Brighton North Laine style if you can’t till your boots here/ bags with boots and presents here.

Full them up, stay over in one of our Xmas hotel rooms in Brighton and head off once the weekend is finished.

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Top Cafés in Brighton No.6 – Café Coho

It’s been a long time coming this review. Especially considering we’ve been back to this next café 5/6 times in the last 3 months. So sliding easily into our slow-time review of cafes in Brighton is the fairly new Café Coho at 53 Ship Street.

Chunky funky

Chunky funky Coho

Greet location: just on the edge of the South Lanes, without being crushed into the rabbit warren, the café has a prime people spot.

Coffee – Ok, down to business. Union hand roasted is a top blend and we’ve always liked the delivery at Coho.

Space: upstairs has a good-sized table and spot on window view up the road. Service is good with the staff happy for you to run a tab for a few people and settle up later.

The food’s ok, nothing really special, but then again the ploughman’s sandwich was great and there are plenty of midday sarnies and snacks to feast on.

As a quick drop back off the high street and option to the chain store coffee bars it’s well worth a try. Bare stone walls add to the chunky modern feel – and it would make a great spot for a reception…

Christmas shopping in Brighton and it’s all getting too much, step out of TKMax – we know you go there – and turn left towards the South Lanes, Coho’s just around the corner , can’t miss it.

We’ll be upstairs; it’s our favourite spot.

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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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