Mini-breaking in Brighton
When the sun shines in south west London, Brighton is always our go-to place for a day by the beach. We also spent a fab mini-weekend away there last October. We headed down after work on Friday and then back to London late morning on Sunday but felt totally recharged and like we'd had a week away!
We stayed in between Brighton and Hove in a great flat in a converted Victorian building and it was nice to be out of the madness of Brighton itself. I've always fancied staying at Artists' Residence though so maybe we will give that a go next time!
On Friday night we based ourselves in Hove and had pre-dinner G&Ts at Bottom's Rest, a great Midsummer Night's Dream themed pub. We then had dinner at the Little Fish Market which is a tiny place with only a few tables and a set menu. It was absolutely fab.
On Saturday we walked into Brighton along the sun-kissed seafront and had a big shopping day, mooching around the Lanes, hitting some of the big name shops and taking pit stops in various cafés and bars. There are so many great independent shops like The Daily Edit and The Lavender Room in Brighton and the shops along Church Road in Hove.
We rested our sore feet at Plateau, a great wine bar right in the centre of town, at the end of our shopping jaunt and then freshened up before dinner at Riddle and Finns on the seafront in Brighton proper. It was a really classic fish restaurant and the food was a winner.
On Sunday we had brunch on Trafalgar Street (which was chocabloc with great cafés, bars and restaurants) and then explored the Pavilion which was a previous royal party playground. We wandered around with the audio guide and it was a great way to spend a couple of hours. Even if you don't venture in, it's stunning from the outside and a great backdrop to a picnic on a sunny day.
I've since been back to Brighton on a hen do (we glamped using tents from Loveabell on the brilliant Mac's Farm in Ditchling which is about 15 mins drive from the centre of town) and discovered a few great bars whilst we were there: Bohemia, The Mesmerist, Drake's and No 32 Duke Street. We also had a fantastic, great-value tapas dinner at Aguadulce which I'd really recommend. If you want a dirty night of dancing, Funky Fish is your place!
Mac's Farm is an amazing place for either a group or famiiies. It's run by an amazing couple, Susie and Danny, who have put so much effort into making it a really special experience - be that running chicken selfie competitions or the fantastic Mac's Shack they've opened serving cocktails, coffee and freshly baked pastries. It's only open in the summer months and you can find more info at http://themacsfarm.co.uk/.