SEE SAW SEA
To tie in with the nakedness of the first naturist beaches there is the Sea Saw See, which is probably the sexiest and most seductive hotel in Brighton… how bloody naughty!
Above the beach you will find Drakes, which has city and sea view rooms that are individually designed to show off their style. Think rolled top baths, deep loungers and luxurious comforts.
Getting it’s vibes from the abundance of art in Brighton, the Artist Residence is a 23-bedroom townhouse hotel, with two restaurants and many of their cool, quirky rooms designed by street artists.
You can give your legs a break from all that walking around by cruising along the Brighton seafront on the Volks Railway, which just so happens to be the oldest operating electric railway in the world.
OLD POLICE CELLS MUSEUM
For something a little more down-to-earth, head over to the Old Police Cells Museum. Free tours are led by retired police officers, so you’re sure to get some good stories, and there’s plenty of old gear for you to play with.
THE ROYAL PAVILLION
Just like the pier, the Royal Pavilion is another local icon that deserves your time. It’s got a banqueting room, it’s got chandeliers, and it’s got King George IVs state bed (complete with tipping mechanism…he was very, very overweight).
Brighton’s got a bangin’ arts scene so keep your eyes peeled for the many public artworks dotted around town. Our fave is ‘Afloat’ aka the giant doughnut…go forth and insta…
BRITISH AIRWAYS I360
Instead of going out to sea, go up with a “flight” on the British Airways i360 “vertical pier”. The latest addition to the landscape has divided opinion but the views are bloody good from up there.
Go to Brighton and see the pier. Yeah we know it’s rather obvious but how can you not? Take a spin round the arcade, munch on a stick of rock and get your snap of the burnt-out West Pier.
A cosy corner-pub with simple menu of pub comfort-food classics and a decent ale selection. A perfect spot for a quiet drink.
FORTUNE OF WAR
For a more traditional pub, try the Fortune of War; a ship-shaped, ship-shape pub on the seafront. (Try saying that one quickly…)
The best cocktails are served up at Bar Valentino; which is stowed away above a Mexican restaurant. The secret bar also boast some banging views, as well as great cocktails.
THE BLACK DOVE
The Black Dove is not quite your average drinking den; the waistcoated mixologists will make you literally anything you want and serve it to you on a chesterfield. Snazzy!
Make sure you grab a scoop of Gelato Gusto or, if you’re feeling really extravagant, try their GELATO BURGER; a brioche bun stuffed with gelato and choccie sauce.
For something a little bit different try Silo, the UK’s first no waste restaurant.
CURRY LEAF CAFE
If you’re not feeling a fishy supper, hit up Curry Leaf Cafe for a South Indian delight.
You can’t beat a bag of chips from Bardsley’s – the place has been there since 1921, so it must be doing something right!
THE LITTLE FISH MARKET
For a local catch head to The Little Fish Market and work your way through their five course tasting menu curated by Duncan Ray, a chef previously at Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck.
Head chef Isaac Barlett-Copeland is the man behind Brighton’s Isaac At which has been running in a temporary supperclub format since March 2015 and has now gone permanent. This is a very good thing indeed as Isaac is cooking some incredible food, made even more remarkable by the fact that he’s only 22.
Isaac At has a format that will be familiar to Londoners: a paired back aesthetic; a set tasting menu; and an informal yet fine-dining influenced approach to service. This isn’t just Hackney transported to the seaside, however, as Isaac is committed to highlighting the best Sussex produce right down to the matched drinks pairing of Sussex wines or juices.
We kicked off with snacks of roasted carrot with crispy puffed rice and salted pollock with cauliflower, hazelnut and parsley which were both very impressive. Then were a couple of meaty dishes, a beautiful crispy lamb belly and smoked broccoli and then roast chicken with salt baked celeriac and gem lettuce. A palate cleanser of apple, quince and bay sorbet was next, followed by a final dessert of poached pear, rosehip, honey and cardamom ice cream.
Isaac At is a fantastic spot for locals – and for Londoners its well worth the trip down to the seaside.