Brighton

Brighton

We spent the weekend in Brighton as a late last birthday hurrah – and it was indeed hurrah, because the sun kindly shone and we had a lovely time seeing what Brighton has to offer…

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We stayed at the Kemp Townhouse, a vey nice little B&B in Kemp Town, a short walk along the seafront from the town centre. Best part was breakfast – I had a perfect little boiled egg and Marmite solders both days along with fruit and pastries from the buffet table.

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I liked Kemp Town a lot. Perhaps mostly, if not entirely, because every other shop seemed to be a sweet little vintage emporium. Right in the middle is the big pink motherlode, Kemp Town Flea Market: two floors of vintage rummaging heaven with a particularly sweet selection of 70s studio pottery right at the back on the top floor. I’ll share my purchases in another post…

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We stopped into the Black Dove pre-dinner on Saturday – perhaps one of the best bars I’ve visited in recent memory. Great beers, a friendly manager, homemade damson gin and wonderful decor that brought to mind an eccentric gentleman’s parlour… it felt quite San Francisco. London needs a bar like this.

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Dinner at Food For Friends lived up to expectations. Nibbles of hummus and crispy tofu, followed by gnocchi for Josh and stuffed mushroom with feta and pesto for me. I forwent dessert in favour of triple-cooked chips with truffle mayo: good call.

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Lovely shops in the Laines, especially Cable & Cotton, Utility

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Mr Magpie‘s letterpress emporium…

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….and yet more vintage and ephemera at the Antique & Flea Market and Rin Tin Tin.

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On Sunday we took a bus to the Marina for the car boot sale. Not exactly the loveliest part of town, but I did come away with a few goodies so it was worth it. We took a very bracing walk back along the beach, stopping for excellent coffee at Ground on the way.

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The tourist bit – the Pavilion and the pier, of course!

P.S. Most of these pics are by Josh as he stole was given permission to borrow my camera for most of the trip, while I happily Instagrammed and snapped on my OM10 (more pics when they’re back from the developer). Check out his blog for a writeup of Brighton’s beer spots!


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10 thoughts on “Brighton”

  1. aw, this makes me miss Kemp Town. I lived there last year–now I’m over the border in Hove. we have a Ground this end too, but the pubs in Kemp Town are definitely the best!

  2. These photographs are absolutely stunning Katie! I was reading this on my lunch and a colleague came over to say how beautiful they were and were they available to buy! So glad you enjoyed your weekend, especially whilst the rest of us shivered in snowstorms. Brighton is perfect in cold, crisp weather – I prefer it to the sweltering hot days!

  3. You photos of Brighton are stunning, i love it there & holds a special place in my heart. As I often took my grandad there & we’d have a really lovely time.
    Its been over 10 years since I last visited. I need to get myself back down there. It looks so nice where you stayed. Very luxurious.

  4. The timing of this post is perfect Katie – I’m going to be back in Brighton in a couple of months and it looks like there are some great new places that have opened up in the couple of years since I moved. Your tips (and Josh’s) will come in very handy! Beautiful photographs too – I’m getting excited!

  5. oh you are so lucky to have had such beautiful weather! we went a couple of years ago around the same time of year and it was pissing it down basically the entire time. It didn’t stop us from finding fun things to do (I needed another full day just for Snooper’s Paradise!) but I want to go back for another go!

  6. I’m going to Brighton in two weeks and staying at the Kemp Townhouse – now I’m even more excited about my trip! Great post.

  7. Ahhh Katie you’ve captured my heart with this post and most importantly everything I love about Brighton! Utility and Mr Magpies are two of my most favourite shops, they both have the loveliest owners and I literally want one of everything from them! I’m glad you had such a great time :)

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