Escape for the Day
We Londoners are lucky: our city is well-connected. And when the sun’s shining what could be better than hopping on a train and, in under an hour, being by the beach?
Don’t go to Brighton expecting golden sands – pebbles are the order of the day – and when it comes to seaside sports you’re more likely to skim stones than surf waves. But there’s something charming about this city, with white townhouses that gently slope down to the waterfront, an old-school pier complete with retro fairground rides, and many a place to pick up newspaper-wrapped fish and chips.
Of course, there’s more to Brighton than its stony beach and salt-and-vinegar savouries. There are a handful of sleek independent shops: Our Daily Edit is a personal favourite, selling a tight selection of men’s and womenswear and accessories by contemporary designers such as Wood Wood, The Nude Label and The Boyscouts. The food-and-drink options are also ace: Terre à Terre is beloved by both vegetarians and meat-eaters; 64 Degrees serves inventive sharing plates such as sticky kimchi chicken wings with foamy blue cheese; and Silo offers seasonal and sustainably sourced dishes in a pared-back concrete, brick and metal setting.
Brighton has it all – and much more, according to the recently married Lydia in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. “They must all go to Brighton. That is the place to get husbands.” Well, what are you waiting for ladies?