Brighton

Weekend breaks in Brighton for a wonderful seaside stay

Bold and beautiful Brighton. There is so much culture and character in this seaside town, from its tangled backstreets to its bright promenade.

Men dressed in Edwardian gear riding penny-farthings, red-clad Santas rushing into the sea fully clothed and seagulls dive-bombing tourists… yep, normal. Well, in Brighton that is. These are sights I wouldn’t bat an eyelid at while on one of my regular weekend breaks in this eclectic city.

That’s because the UK’s capital of cool (yep, I’m calling it) is quirky to its core – whether you’re sipping cocktails in the lively LGBT district of Kemptown or passing by old-school tattoo parlours on North Laine.

With so many ways to fill a few days in this countercultural seaside city, you’ll need an insider’s guide to help you make the most of your trip. So, here are my favourite places to see, eat and drink at and stay in on a Brighton mini-break.

What to see in Brighton

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From pleasure palaces to horsebox spas, days in Brighton are always entertaining.

Hotels in Brighton

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Where to stay in Brighton

From smart seafront accommodation to artsy boutique hotels.

A weekend break of glamour and glitz

It’s said that when Cate Blanchett and Kylie Minogue come to Brighton, they book in at this art-deco-themed hotel nestled inside two Georgian townhouses. When I stay here, I like to imagine the megastars admiring the sparkling sea views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The service is as on point as you’d expect for a hotel favoured by celebrities – let the staff know what time you’ll check-in and they’ll draw you a bath in a freestanding tub ready for your arrival. When evening rolls around, sashay down to the in-house restaurant for bottomless prosecco.

Drakes Hotel

Top rated
Brighton
8.8 Excellent (730 reviews)

Sea-view rooms and sumptuous interiors

This Italian-influenced hotel is always a winner on a romantic weekend away for its opulent staircases and retro velvet furniture. Sea-view rooms are decorated in ’20s style with plush linens and big bay windows. I especially love the spa: my favourite treatment so far has been the glow-inducing Heaven Skincare bee-venom facial. Indulge here, then take yourself out to the Victoria Terrace for a tantalising Sussex cream tea while watching the waves crash on the beach.

The Grand Brighton

Brighton
8.4 Very good (3991 reviews)

Themed rooms and a plush champagne bar for your weekend break in Brighton

This boutique hotel’s as left-of-field as Brighton itself. Its individually designed rooms are themed after everything from Alice in Wonderland to Perrier Jouet. I stayed at the vintage-inspired Legacia, which is furnished with a cocktail cabinet and shimmering chandelier I wanted to smuggle home with me. Grab a velvet chair at the champagne bar, an upscale spot for an intimate evening, and nibble on smoked salmon sandwiches.

Blanch House

Top rated
Brighton
9.3 Excellent (777 reviews)

Quirky and compact stay for your city break

When I’m on one of my quieter hotel breaks in Brighton, I bed down at this hotel beside the marina a 10-minute drive from the centre. The cutting-edge rooms – decorated with collage-style poster art and vibrant neon lights – look on point on my Insta feed. I always giggle at the bath amenities, which are covered in playful slogans like “The best shampoo you will ever steal”. In the evenings, the Chez Mal brasserie serves up dishes like buttery Cornish scallop risotto under glimmering copper lights. Come morning, the seafront conservatory is a dreamy spot for slowly flicking through a magazine.

Hotel Malmaison Brighton

Brighton
8.2 Very good (2636 reviews)

Where to eat and drink in Brighton

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From clandestine speakeasies to classic chippies.

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