WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Brighton Beach Club
It doesn’t get much better than starting your weekend with a sea view. This two-floor pub and contemporary dining room is right on the beach, not far from the famous i360, with a wrap-aroundoutdoor terrace. The menu is wide-ranging, including vegan and vegetarian options, and there’s even a ‘nippers’ section for younger diners. Whether you’re after a carefully crafted cocktail or just coffee and cake, this is a must-visit.
26 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN
From the same team behind The Ginger Pig and The Gingerman, The Flint House is located in the famous Brighton Lanes and offers counter-level dining, small plates with beautiful wines by the glass, a first-floor cocktail bar and a rooftop terrace. It doesn’t take reservations, so make sure to get there early. Guests can choose from options including hanger steak with savoy cabbage and truffle mushroom butter; roast aubergine with tahini sauce, pistachios and pomegranate; or West Country mussels with Café de Paris sauce.
13 Hanningtons Lane, Brighton, BN1 1GS
This restaurant is about more than just food. The team behind newcomer Kindling comprises acclaimed Brighton restaurateurs Jane and Ramin Mostowfi and chefs Holly Taylor, Toby Geneen and Jake Ayliffe – all of whom share a passion for local suppliers, minimal waster and quality service. Diners will be greeted by front of house Phillip Scott, formally of St John Restaurant, before tucking into the likes of guinea fowl, cauliflower, cavolo nero and smoked damson; or miso roast cauliflower, caramelised hazelnuts with wild fennel caper dressing; followed by rhubarb, brandy snap, lemon cream and Italian meringue sorbet.
69 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HQ
Located in The Arches on Brighton seafront, and overlooking the iconic ruins of the West Pier, Murmur is the sister restaurant to the award-winning 64 Degrees. Opened by Michael Bremner in 2016, this site focuses on healthy food for lunch and dinner, and is also child friendly. The 37-seat restaurant offers 40 further spaces on the terrace, which overlooks the beach, making it immensely popular in the warmer weather. As the sun sets, be sure to sample one of the restaurant’s well-made cocktails.
91-96 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN
Focusing on natural wine and sharing plates, sustainability informs everything at Plateau. Because each dish focuses on the seasons and produce is sourced from biodynamic farms in the area, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that the menu changes daily. The wine list also changes weekly to accommodate exciting new additions and vintages, and comes with tasting notes. Perfect for groups or couples, this is the ideal spot if all you’re after is a few snacks and a great glass of wine.
1 Bartholomews, Brighton, BN1 1HG
The Coal Shed
The Coal Shed is a steak-focused restaurant focusing on the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, and expertly cooked over fire. Diners familiar with the second outpost in London Bridge will still be impressed by the original and its enormous Sunday sharing roast in particular. Highlights from the menu include the Tamworth pork cutlet with n’duja, coco beans, spinach and chilli; wood-fired turbot with Jerusalem artichoke, tidal greens and parsley sauce; and fired cauliflower with fermented raisins and za’tar.
8 Boyce's Street, Brighton, BN1 1AN
The Flour Pot
As well as great coffee, this artisanal bakery serves a selection of savoury options for those popping in closer to lunchtime. Think freshly baked pork and fennel sausage rolls, traditional croques, vegan rolls and huge selection of sandwiches – beware, there’s often a queue which forms out of the door around the midday mark. Thankfully, with multiple locations now open across Brighton, there are plenty of opportunities to stop in and sample the goods.
Multiple locations across Brighton
Visiting the area with your significant other? The Pond is an independent pub right by the station serving up different beers from all over the world, including its very own Pondwater Pale Ale. Meanwhile, the highly rated Baby Bao crew is busy in the kitchen knocking out an enormous amount of Taiwanese steamed buns. On Mondays the menu goes completely meat-free and changes with the seasons, too. Open from midday to midnight seven days a week, punters can always just pop in for a casual pint or two.
49 Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AQ
The Salt Room
The Salt Room is a modern British seafood restaurant, famed for its uninterrupted views of Brighton seafront and the West Pier. Like its sister restaurant, The Coal Shed, this award-winning spot puts the focus on sustainable, local produce. Across its seasonal a la carte, afternoon tea and pre-theatre menus, you’ll find the likes of crispy kale salad with broccoli, nori and parmesan; little fish tempuras with seaweed tartare; and black miso aubergine, with spinach, lemon curry and radishes. Finish off with a burnt sugar tart with grapefruit and gin sorbet or sesame panna cotta with jasmine mango and black coconut.
106 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU
WHAT TO SEE & DO
If mid-century furniture is your thing, the antiques and collectable on display at Era Furniture are bound to have you making some extra room in the car. Located in Brighton’s North Laine, stock is regularly turned over, so there’s always something new to discover. For those not in the area, the inventory is also uploaded onto the shop’s website, so antique dealers or lovers can keep up to date with what’s in store. There’s also free local delivery and nationwide delivery options available.
92 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ER
Hove Lawns & Beach Huts
Hove seafront begins at Hove Lawns, so if the weather is on your side, it’s the ideal place for an afternoon wander. Stretching right along to Hove Lagoon, near Portslade, there are several tennis courts and bowling greens available to the public on a pay-and-play basis. Otherwise, take advantage of the green space to let little ones run around, or grab a quick cup of coffee at any number of the casual cafes dotted along the way. Finally, keep an eye out for the quintessential, colourful beach huts so characteristic of the British seaside, as well as the famous Brighton Pier, complete with arcade games and theme park rides.
Kingsway, Hove, BN3 2PE
Take to the skies to see Brighton and the south coast as you have never seen them before, from the top of the British Airways i360 tower. Glide up gently to 450ft in the futuristic glass viewing pod, which was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. From there, admire 360-degree views across Brighton and Hove, the South Downs National Park, the Unesco Biosphere and, on the clearest days, all the way along the coast to the Isle of Wight
Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN
With another site in Manchester, the Brighton outpost of Nola is definitely worth a visit. Stocking some of SL’s favourite clothing and accessories brands – think American Vintage, YMC and Être Cécile – the store also carries a tempting range of homeware, with brands such as HKLIving and Hannah Tuner taking up shelf space. Open seven days a week, the store also operates online.
42 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1U
Our Daily Edit
Whether it’s Ganni, Veja or Nanushka you’re after, Our Daily Edit has you covered. A quick visit to the brand’s Instagram page will tell you everything you need to know about the aesthetic here: think clean lines, monochrome colours and sleek edits. We also love the store’s ultra-modern and eclectic offering of art prints, from London-based textile designer and multidisciplinary artist Laurie Maun and Amsterdam creative studio, Hôtel Magique.
23 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD
Music lovers and vinyl collectors should look no further than independent record shop Resident Records in the North Laine Bazaar. With everything from the latest releases to in-store concerts and band appearances, this spot was once voted one of world’s best record stores according to Vinyl Factory. Open seven days a week, queues regularly stretch around the block each year on Record Store Day, where shoppers form a line in the early hours to get their hands on one-off limited-edition vinyl releases.
28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL
As far as iconic buildings go, it doesn’t get much better than Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. With a colourful history stretching back over 200 years, the pavilion was originally built as the seaside palace for King George IV, although it has since served as a civic building and even a WWI hospital. Visitors can stop in all year round, paying £15 for a full tour.
4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
A self-declared Eden for vintage hoarders, designers and collectors, this warehouse houses everything from delicate designs using antique textiles, to vintage millinery and curious oddities. Experts might already be familiar with some of the names found in-store, from Future Folklore and Off The Rails to Blue Moon Vintage and Rosie & Dolly. It’s here you’ll find a true representation of Brighton’s idiosyncratic and unique, flamboyant spirit.
7-8 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL
Acne, Isabel Marant, Golden Goose, Ulla Johnson…Tribeca has it all. Open seven days a week – including bank holidays – the store runs regular sales throughout the year, as well as special shopping events around Christmas. With bags, shoes, jewellery and even candles, making up the rest of what’s on offer here, this one is top of our list when it comes to a wardrobe refresh for spring.
21 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD