Hove Lagoon

Walk: Hove Lagoon

You can't come to the seaside and not take a stroll along the beach. If you're feeling fit, walk the long stretch towards Hove Lagoon where you'll find rows of sweet little beach huts in every colour imaginable. Try one of Marrocco's famous home-made ice creams while you're there.

Royal Pavilion

See: The Royal Pavilion

If the sea air isn't enough to get you in the mood for romance, then George IV's opulent summer abode will be. Here, the (then) Prince Regent rendezvoused with his lover, Maria Fitzherbert, who he secretly married in 1785. From its Taj-Mahal-style façade and iconic Music Room to its sprawling gardens, this is a must-see. Don't leave without trying the exquisite afternoon tea in the Pavilion Dining Rooms.

Brighton Museum

Visit: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Located in the Royal Pavilion gardens - in part of the Prince Regent's old stable complex - you'll find everything from Ancient Egyptian galleries and post-war British art to contemporary paintings. Plus, there's a lovely café to boot (overlooking the 20th Century Art & Design Gallery).

Ten Green Bottles

Shop: Ten Green Bottles

This wonderful wine shop-come-bar specialises in artisan wines from small international producers, and supplies some of London's top restaurants - think J Sheekey and the River Café. Take away a bottle of your favourite vintage, or quaff it at the bar with a selection of delicious cheeses, charcuterie and crostini.

Pub du Vin

Drinks: Pub du Vin

Imagine a traditional British pub, but a whole lot chicer. Housed within a Mock Tudor inn (which, brilliantly, was built by a wine merchant in 1934), it's a stylish spot to enjoy a cold glass of wine or sample the array of local ales. The buzzy atmosphere and cosy yet contemporary décor will make you want to settle in for the night.


Stay: Drakes

If you're looking for a room with a (sea) view - this is certainly the place. Twenty beautifully furnished rooms (most complete with freestanding tubs), an award-winning restaurant and lively cocktail bar are housed in two grand Georgian townhouses; just a stone's throw away from the beach, pier and boutique shops of the Lanes. A favourite with celebrities, Cate Blanchett and The Beach Boys are amongst their most famous guests.

Riddle & Finns

Eat: Riddle & Finns

Nestled under the arches of the promenade, you'll find the newest restaurant from the renowned champagne and oyster bar. With stunning sea views (inside and out), it's the perfect place to enjoy some day-caught local fish or fresh oysters. Oh, and did we mention Gordon Ramsay is a fan?


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