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An Independent Guide to Brighton

Just a one-hour train journey from London, Brighton is the crown jewel of the south coast thanks to its blend of kiss-me-quick kitsch and independent cultural spirit. From buzzy new seafood restaurants to some of our all-time favourite boutiques, keep reading to discover how to do Brighton like a local.

Where to Stay in Brighton

The perfect place to kick off your trip: get your bearings and check into one of the hotels near Brighton’s seafront. We picked three of our favourites to make your choice easier.

This neighbourhood hangout is known for its creative vibe, complete with eclectic rooms, a lively all-day hub to work, eat and drink downstairs and incredible views of the iconic West Pier.\

A boutique hotel located in the heart of Brighton with a homely atmosphere - sounds perfect, no? From freestanding bathtubs to rooms with private saunas, treat yourself to a luxurious spa break at Hotel Una. \

If you know your grapes, a stay at Hotel du Vin is a must, where you can enjoy the in-house wine cellar and expand your palette with the hotel’s Sommelier. Wine and dine al fresco under the vine-covered pergola in the hotel’s courtyard in summer, too.

Where to Shop in Brighton

The Brighton Lanes are famed for their wide range of eclectic independent boutiques where you’ll find anything from healing crystals and vinyl to vintage clothing. Make sure to stop by some of the indie boutiques that are a part of the Trouva community while you’re there.

Stationary heads listen up - we’ve found your paradise! From tote bags with a separate compartment for your notebook to bullet journals for your to-do lists, you’ll find everything you need for a more organised life right here.
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The curated shelves of this Brighton boutique are a big hit on Instagram, featuring colourful pieces from &klevering, Mr Maria’s cult smiley lamp, the boutique’s own range of bobbin mirrors and much more.
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At HOLD, everything is hand-picked with a passion for good design in mind. Discover Trouva Icons (link to story) like the Fine Little Day Swimmer Print alongside unique pieces from brands such as Wedgie or Me and Mine.
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England at Home is a bright and colourful collection of gifts and homewares, curated by owners husband and wife duo Bob and Therese England. Their favourite brands include Orla Kiely, Yvonne Ellen, Mr Maria and Seletti.
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Lavender Room stocks a carefully curated range of clothing, accessories, jewellery, homewares, and gifts. From Outremer’s Vanilla Perfume to Keith Brymer Jones’s ceramics, find your next cult buy right here.
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Where to Eat in Brighton

Brighton is home to some seriously cool foodie hotspots you need to tick off during your visit. From farm-to-table small plates to natural wine and cocktails, get ready to redefine your idea of seaside dining.

This is the spot any Brighton local has on their list of recommendations - and it is definitely worth the hype. Pick a bottle from their unique wine list and dig into tasty dishes like wild venison pierogi with fermented chilli or smoked cod's roe with zhoug and pickles.

Mouthwatering Thai food, BYOB and a buzzy atmosphere - dinner at Red Snapper will surely become a favourite memory from your visit to Brighton.

Plant based or not, Botanique is a plant-to-plate restaurant with its own indoor vertical farm. The seasonal menu where each dish celebrates a key vegetable in all its glory has made it one of the city's undeniable top spots.

Where to Drink in Brighton

From the best takeaway coffee to private wine tasting sessions, soak up the eclectic vibe of the city at these local-favourite hangouts.

There’s a reason this spot has made it onto the list of the UK’s top 50 cocktail bars - unwind in the cosy setting and order a cocktail inspired by favourite drinks from all around the world.

Speciality coffee, Instagram-worthy to-go cups and delicious pastries - stop at 17Grams if you need a little booster throughout your day of exploring the seaside town.

Whether you head to Ten Green Bottles for one of their private wine tastings, grab a takeaway bottle to drink by the pier or sit down for a glass and some nibbles, this wine bar needs to be on your list.

What to See in Brighton

After you’ve hit the arcades, explored the Pavillion and shopped in the Lanes, it’s time to discover some secret gems or dive into Brighton’s illustrious nightlife.

Brighton is famed for its music scene, so booking a gig while you’re in town is almost mandatory. Green Door Store is the iconic venue that’s been host to shows from all your favourite indie acts.

In the mood for a festival this year? Then book your trip to Brighton from 10th-13th May, when the Great Escape Festival returns to the beach. This year the line-up includes Maisie Peters, Arlo Parks and many more.

Want to do something entirely different? Head to this plot of land that is home to a quaint sculpture garden hidden in the centre of Brighton. Also known as the Anthony Dale Sculpture Foundation, the garden was opened to serve the community and promote the craft of sculpture. Trusted Site