Brighton Explained in 10 Photos
Cupcakes! Cupcakes explain Brighton! err, well, no, they don’t, but they are delicious!
Brighton, or London-by-the-sea as they sometimes call it, is a sea-side town popular among Londoners on sunny weekends, and… Wait, what!
What do you mean London-by-the-sea?
Just because it’s a town on the coast, few hours from London, you call it London-by-the-sea? You don’t call Cambridge London-by-the-river, do you? So why Brighton? Why not any of the other dozen cities on coast?
It doesn’t even look like London, there is a no banking central and tall buildings, there is no Oxford Street or park the size of a big airport. All you have is old buildings, funky little cup cake shops, lots of graffitis, quirky little cafes, trendy people and…Oh
Ohh, I get it.
It’s totally reminds me of London, just not how I thought first. It’s not the obvious touristy things about London, it’s Soho and the trendy East London by the sea. No wonder people want to live in Brighton; and I totally get why they flog to Brighton for the weekend from London.
So, as promised, Brighton explained in 10 photos:
Everybody in Brighton has a puppy
Seriously, is there a law saying every Brightonian (?) has to have a puppy?
Everybody in Brighton has one, and they are cute. I’m not a dog person, and even I think Brighton has cute puppies. We even saw one person with a crow, and another with rat, so if puppies are not your thing, you know there are other options too.
Brighton is a great city for walking, and thankfully there are plenty of pubs too
It’s an old English town, so yes, there are pubs. And yes, they serve beer. And yes, they are good.
So, go on, have a pint!
Flowers, so many flowers
Summer time and flowers, they just go well together; and that’s what you get in Brighton.
4. Old & New
Brighton, it’s a mix of old and new
Brighton goes back a long way, it’s first mentioned over 900 years ago when it was still called Bristelmestune; and while Brighton is proud of its history, it hasn’t gotten stuck in the past.
5 & 6 Music and Dance
Band jamming out
There is dancing on the streets in Brighton
There seems to be bands and musicians everywhere in Brighton. Whether you’re into Sinatra or violins, you can find it on the streets of Brighton. And where there is music, there is dance, as Julie and Dylan were quick to demonstrate.
7. The Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion
It looks a bit out of place, doesn’t it?
It was originally build as a summer house for George, Prince of Wales. The building work started in 1787, but it took almost 40 years to finish. Some people’s definition of a summer house apparently differ from mine. When someone says summer house, I think of a one room cottage by the lake – cultural differences I suppose.
There is a park in front of the Royal Pavilion, which gets full on a sunny day. So go on, get some strawberries, a bottle of sparkling and settle down.
Graffiti is everywhere in Brighton, but it’s definitely more art than vandalism
There are a lot of graffitis in Brighton, but it’s art, not just vandalism. You have whole walls sprayed with complicated patterns, shop blinds with pictures of elfs and even electric boxes painted with quirky little details, like talking crocodiles.
The Lanes, small narrow streets housing various quirky shops
The Lanes are a maze of narrow streets, full of little shops for antiques, books, cup cakes and tea. When you go in, you’re never quite sure where you’ll pop out later, and that’s part of the fun.
10. The Pier
And finally the pier, see, it’s there in the corner
You can’t really talk about Brighton without mentioning the pier, whether that is the new one or the old one. If you go to Brighton, you will visit the Pier. Unless you happen to be there during a demonstration and the access to the pier is blocked by about a thousand police, but generally speaking, you should visit it.
P.S: I’d like to thank Holiday Lettings and Vine Street Studios for providing us a huge mansion (well, it felt like a mansion) right downtown Brighton, big enough for a huge house party! Seriously, if you’re coming to Brighton with a dozen people, you might want to check it out. I don’t have any photos, but my housemate Jaillan has some.
Which photo do you think explains Brighton best?