Friday, 14 July 2017

Brighton Rocked! A Long Weekend Away.

White lace dress. Brighton Seafront

If you read my previous post, or follow me on Instagram, you'll know that my daughter Poppy and I went to Brighton for a long weekend. It's somewhere we'd wanted to visit and because my son was away on a foreign exchange trip and Poppy has finished school after completing her GCSEs, it seemed an excellent opportunity. 

Brighton Palace Pier, The Beach and The Seafront
Brighton is of course famous for its pier and this one opened in 1899. It is exactly what one would expect- ice-cream, seafood and amusements. 

Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Pier

Helter Skelter, Brighton Pier

Carousel, Brighton Pier

Looking to sea from Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton seafront viewed from Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Palace Pier

It's a pebble beach which is immaculate. There were sunbeds, deckchairs and parasols to hire. We stayed at the Old Ship Hotel (below), which we chose for its seafront location.

Parasol, Brighton beach

Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

Topshop pink broderie halter-neck midi dress

 This beautiful donut shaped bronze sculpture is called "Afloat."

Afloat, donut sculpture, Brighton

Afloat, Donut sculpture, Brighton sea front

View of Brighton pier

Brighton beach

Brighton bandstand

This is all that remains of West Pier following the fire in 2003.

Brighton west pier remains

i360
Opposite West Pier is British Airways i360, the younger sibling of The London Eye and reaching 138m, is the world's highest moving observation tower. We were unbelievably lucky with the weather which meant the views across Brighton and the South Downs were nothing short of spectacular. The light inside was incredible, (none of the photos taken have been edited in any way).

British Airways i360, Brighton

i360 observation tower, Brighton

Brighton British Airways i360

Bar in the i360, Brighton

Inside i360, Brighton

champagne i360

view of Brighton from i360

Belle Vue is the associated seaside restaurant, which served an excellent brunch and rather nice champagne.

Brunch at Belle Vue, i360 Brighton

Bills Restaurant and Other Places We Ate
Before we went to Brighton, Poppy did some research and said that Bills Restaurant was somewhere we must visit. We went for brunch on our first morning there and liked it so much that we returned on our last day. The food was outstanding and the decor and vibe were simply fabulous. I highly recommend the watermelon, raspberry and peach juice which I had on both visits. It's located very close to North Laines, a shopping area full of independent retailers with something for everyone.

Bills restaurant, Brighton

Bills Brighton, watermelon cocktail

Interior, Bills restaurant, Brighton

Pancakes, avocado on toast, Bills restaurant Brighton

Avocado and poached egg on toast, Bills restaurant, Brighton

Bills Brighton

North Laines, Brighton

We dined one evening in Nu Posto, an Italian restaurant with a very laid back atmosphere and excellent pizza.

Nu Posto, Brighton

Bar at Nu Posto, Brighton

Interior, Nu Posto, Brighton

And ate al-fresco at Taste, which had an excellent choice of seafood. I can't find a website to which to link, but the address is 43-45 Kings Road. and it overlooks the seafront.

Taste, Kings Road, Brighton

Seafood at Taste, brighton

Choccywoccydoodah
Choccywoccydoodah is a chocolaterie and cafe in the South Laines of Brighton. There is nothing savoury on the menu and even the lemon cake which I chose because it was the least sweet-sounding thing on the menu was too sweet for me to finish! It's a fabulously quirky place; the creations appealed more to my eye than my palette, but the skill and artistry however, are incontrovertible.

Choccywoccydoodah cafe

Choccywoccydoodah drink

Choccywoccydoodah lemon cake

Choccywoccydoodah unicorn cake

Choccywoccydoodah skull wedding cake

Choccywoccydoodah dog cake

Hove Beach Huts
A walk along the seafront and away from the piers leads to the cutest rows of beach huts. In a myriad of colours, they epitomise the British seaside.

Brighton Hove beach huts

Brighton and Hove beach huts

Hove Beach Huts, Brighton

Graffiti
Also in a myriad of colours is Brighton's graffiti and street art. We were particularly keen to see the replica of Banksy's iconic Kissing Coppers and it took a while to spot them on the side of The Albion pub. I'm glad we persisted; we both thought it a beautiful piece of art. 
Graffiti Albion pub, Brighton


Banksy and other graffiti, Brighton

Banksy Kissing Coppers, Kissing Policemen graffiti

We had an amazing time from start to finish and loved the upbeat, eclectic and vibrant vibe that Brighton has to offer. This was a weekend to remember.

Love Lizzy x

I'm wearing:
Pink broderie halter neck midi dress, £65, Topshop
Leopard and diamante wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O (Sign up to my monthly newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O).
Unisa two part leopard print wedge espadrilles, £80, John Lewis
*Alissa midi strapless gown, aquatic ombre, £299, Alie Street


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20 comments

  1. Great photos Lizzy. I remember a weekend in Brighton many years ago. Really vibrant place with a totally different vibe than any other seaside town.

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    1. Gail, I said exactly that last night...it has a different vibe to any place I've ever been to. It's fab isn't it?! xxx

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  2. A place to discover for sure ... not that far for me so who knows ;)

    https://4highheelsfans.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/the-french-touch/

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    1. Yes, it's well worth a visit. So much to do and see! xxx

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  3. I haven't been to Brighton but having seen your photos it's now on my bucket list for places to see - it looks fabulous and great fun!! You timed it perfectly for the weather.

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    1. Thank you Jo, yes, we were very lucky indeed with the weather. It's a brilliant city and I highly recommend it! xxx

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  4. Love Brighton. You look amazing and wow, that food and scenery and of course your stunning dresses, adore this post. You are radiant as always beautiful lady xx

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  5. Ah, Brighton! Wonderful photos Lizzie. One of my sisters used to live in Hove, so this post is bringing back fond memories. Looks like you and your daughter had the most fabulous time! xx

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    1. We had the best time thank you and Hove was lovely- the beach huts are so cute there xxx

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  6. Brighton looks fabulous! It's wonderful to see you and your daughter have such a great day together. I love days out with my daughter and I'll have to suggest Brighton to her, it looks so much fun! #SaturdayShareLinkUp

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    1. Oh yes, I'm sure she'd love it. There is so much to do and the vibe and atmosphere are very special xxx

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  7. Ah Liz, I feel as if I was there with you. I've only visited Brighton once but it certainly stole my heart. It's so lovely to see you spending such a wonderful time with Poppy (who is gorgeous by the way - she obviously follows her mum).
    Love to you both.
    Michelle xx

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    1. Aww, thank you. I'll take that as a huuuge compliment. It stole my heart too xxxx

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  8. Absolutely love seeing other people's photos of Brighton!! I've lived here nearly 6 years now and I love it so much; there's always something fun going on :) xx

    www.gollymissholly.uk

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    1. Oh how fabulous that you live there. Is there anything you'd recommend that we missed? I'm certain we'll return xxxx

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  9. I feel like I should have been able to see that i360 thing when I did the South Downs Relay last month but maybe there was a socking great hill in the way... ha ha! I could see the Brighton FC stadium from the start of my Ditchling Beacon leg but I can't remember if I could see the sea or not. It wasn't there when I did the marathon in 2012 but I'd love to go up in it one day and take in those views!

    Glad you and Poppy had a lovely time x x

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    1. We had a wonderful time Lou- really special- and we were incredibly fortunate to get the sunshine. I think you're amazing running all of the marathons that you do #justsayin' xxx

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  10. There is nowhere quite like Brighton - very special for all sorts of reasons but very much a one-off.

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  11. Looks like an awesome weekend! I love the pictures with the donut-shaped sculpture, and the food looks great!

    Kathrin -- mycupofenglishtea.wordpress.com

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