With a stick of rock candy in your hand, pull up a deckchair on the pebble beach and ask yourself is it the Mods or the Rockers who you prefer the most? Brighton, on the south coast of England, may have moved on from its glory days of the early 1960s, but it hasn’t outlived them. First made popular by King George VI in 1783, the city has since gone from strength to strength with its fashionable laneways and trendy cafe culture.
Things to see
No visit to Brighton is complete without stepping onto the famous Brighton Beach. No need for sandy feet here since this shingle beach is formed of pebbles.
Jutting out across the beach and into the sea is the historic Brighton Pier, a quintessential seaside playground. Don’t forget to have your photo taken when you reach the end.
The Royal Pavilion was built by King George VI after he named Brighton as his favorite seaside getaway. The magnificent white-stoned architecture, built in the Indo-Saracenic style with tantalizing domed roofs, will take your breath away.
Hotels in Brighton
Brighton has been a vacation hot spot for centuries, and there is a good mix of accommodations that have built up around the bulging hospitality industry. For the best views and the most luxury, head to the seafront and check into a four-star establishment like the Hilton Brighton Metropole. For a more budget option, try the historic Kings Hotel just along the road.
Where to stay
Most business travelers opt to stay on the seafront at the intersection between the Promenade (Kingsway) and Montpelier Road. There is a cluster of hotels here built to conference venue standard.
Family visitors can take in sea views east of the London Road intersection, where a choice of budget accommodations is located. This part of Brighton is close to Queens Park and Victoria Gardens.
How to get to Brighton
The closest international airport to Brighton is London Gatwick, where you can connect with the city directly by rail from the convenient station outside the terminal building. The journey can take as little as 30 minutes by train. From the center of London by rail takes 50 minutes. You can connect with the Eurostar station at Ashford in 2 hours, 30 minutes.