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Planning a weekend in Brighton?

16 September 2016 | London Calling

There’s something charming about Brighton, whether it’s the nostalgia brought on by the traditional British seaside attractions or the understated beauty of The Lanes, it has long been a sought after retreat for weekend getaways. Brighton is a city where the number of activities and sites are near enough inexhaustible so we have tried to squeeze some of the city’s true gems into this short weekend guide.

Saturday
 
What to do
 
We should begin with Brighton’s signature feature, Brighton Pier. The ‘new’ Pier was first opened in 1899 after the destruction of the old Chain Pier. It is 1,722ft long and plays host to a variety of activities from slot machines to stomach-turning rides, it’s perfect for a gentle morning stroll or an adrenaline-packed adventure. And since you’ve come this far why not grab some fish and chips and make this the proper seaside day out, because nothing screams British seaside more than the smell of fish and chips doused in vinegar.

For a more contemporary activity, but keeping it coastal, try Brighton’s new attraction, the i360. Designed by the creators of the London Eye, the 450ft high viewing tower may not appeal to some but it does promise a 360-degree view of up to 26 miles. So if you’re feeling a little adventurous, or simply want to take a cracking photo to remember your trip, visit the world’s first ‘vertical cable car’ to enjoy the spectacular views this city has to offer.
 
Where to eat
 
A highly acclaimed restaurant notable for its entirely vegetarian menu is Terre A Terre, a stone’s throw away from the seafront, the restaurant prides itself on their ethical and sustainable sourcing of ingredients and meat-free philosophy. Reviewed in the Sunday Times as being ‘singularly and eccentrically marvellous’ the food on offer is certainly indulgent and endlessly creative, and will certainly be somewhere you will go back time and time again.
 
Sunday
 
Where to eat

 
Well, it's not Sunday without brunch and Brighton has a plethora of ideal spots for this mid-morning meal. Café Coho has two Brighton locations, Ship Street and Queens Road both offering the same exquisite breakfast selection. From eggs benedict to mouth-watering pancake towers, the menu is sure to appeal to all ages and give you the kick-start you need to fuel your day of exploration.
 
What to do
 
Whether you are a born spender or just enjoy the simple pleasure of a bit of window-shopping, when you come to Brighton, The Lanes are an absolute must. From the edgy to the elegant you truly couldn’t ask for more diversity. While away the hours in the charming alleys and be enchanted by the sound of occasional buskers that you’ll come across along the way. If your children are starting to tire from all the shopping, they may enjoy a trip to Brighton Toy and Model Museum, jam packed full of childish trinkets.
 
A trip to Brighton is scarcely complete without a visit to the iconic Brighton Pavilion; built as a pleasure palace for King George IV, the building also served as a hospital during the First World War and as a civic building. From the Banqueting Room to the Royal Bedrooms, the architecture is breathtaking, displaying a fusion of Chinese and Indian design and with audio guides available upon your entrance, you will be able to gather a richer understanding of not only the beauty but the heritage of the striking palace.
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