Brighton birthday ventures

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you follow my Instagram, then you would have seen I spent my birthday in Brighton. Brighton is one of my favourite cities; it has that city vibe with a beach appeal, and calm atmosphere. I grew up by the coast, and love any destination with a beach really - so it made perfect sense to spend my birthday exploring Brighton. 

Originally I planned to just spend the day there, however on the morning of my birthday my boyfriend Dan surprised me and said he had booked a hotel - literally right on the seafront! As you can imagine I was very shocked and excited, and couldn't wait to see what the next few days brought.


weekend in brighton

Day 1 

We set off on my birthday around 11am and got to Brighton at lunch time, where the sun was at its highest. Every time I've visited Brighton previously I was never lucky with the weather, however this time, it was legitimate summer weather - perfect to celebrate my birthday.

Once we arrived in Brighton and parked the car, we set off exploring before checking into the hotel. Naturally, out first stop was the famous pier as that's one of my favourite spots in Brighton and makes for a romantic stroll. We stopped for a Pimms and a classic fish and chips, whilst soaking up the sunshine before heading into the Lanes.


weekend in brighton

weekend in brighton

weekend in brighton

weekend in brighton

The Lanes are one of the cutest things about Brighton. Picture tucked away individual stores, cafes and everyone's favourite chains lined with colourful bunting. Our first stop was to try the famous Boho Gelato. I've heard so much about this ice cream but never tried it on my previous visits. I can see why it's raved about, I'd put it up there with the best ice cream I've ever tried! I chose the carrot cake and blueberry muffin flavours and they were absolutely delicious. It literally tasted just like cake!

boho gelato brighton

weekend in brighton

After a browse around the shops, we went to check into our hotel, The Lanes Hotel and it's safe to say, we were blown away! Our spacious room has a four poster bed and perfect views of the sea - it felt like pure luxury. We chilled there for a while and soaked up the view before heading to the North Laine area. Brighton always makes for a lovely walk, and from the hotel we detoured through Pavilion Gardens and saw the Royal Pavilion to North Laine. This area is a wide selection of unique shops, chain stores and eating establishments. As there wasn't any individual restaurants that took our eye, I chose Bella Italia for by birthday dinner, as it's one of the more luxurious chains. We enjoyed a beautiful feast of delicious pasta, desserts and cocktails.

weekend in brighton

The day ended with a taxi ride back to the hotel and watching the day turn to night on one of the longest days of the year. Hello a 9pm sunset! 

weekend in brighton

Day 2 

The second day began waking up to the bright blue skies shining above Brighton's sea, and a delicious hotel breakfast. I love hotel breakfasts; fruit, classic English egg and soldiers and pastries, you really can't beat it.

weekend in brighton

weekend in brighton

We then ventured back to the pier to go on the rides (the Magic Mouse is my favourite) and have a play in the arcades. Then, we took a stroll down one of the walkways by the pier as there are plenty of beach themed shops. Dan and I took a look round those, and then sat down on the beach. We didn't get a chance to sit on the beach the day before, so spent a while soaking up the sunshine and chatting about everything and anything. The beach is my favourite place, as wherever you are in the world, you can always find a beach to escape to, and relax.


weekend in brighton

weekend in brighton

weekend in brighton

weekend in brighton

As we began to get a little peckish for lunch, we left the beach and headed back to the Lanes to find a café. We came across the Lost in the Lanes café, and I could recommend it enough! The rustic interior is every blogger and Instagrammers dream with a menu to match. It's one of those restaurants that when you walk in, you want to take a picture of it all. There are baked goods on the counter, a freshly produced menu and selection of local drinks. I chose the strawberry lemonade (very fresh to say the least), an acai bowl, and Dan and I shared a salted caramel and chocolate cake. This cake had moussey-icing and caramel sauce oozing from every bite. 

weekend in brighton

After lunch, we bid our goodbyes to Brighton and headed home. Brighton is the city of beach life, shops, quirky cafes and a super cool vibe, and I'd recommend it to anyone who hasn't visited. 

Things to know before going to Brighton
  • Parking can be very pricey - Parking in any city is always tricky and it's good to plan in advance. If you're staying overnight, check if your hotel has parking, otherwise the only car parks I'm aware that are open at all hours are the multi-story ones. These workout around £25 for 12-24 hours. You can also use the Just Park app (my latest discovery) which shows you all the available parking spots in the area for the period of time you'll be there.
  •  Get the ride pass - If you'd like to spend an afternoon at the pier, using the rides, it's worth while buying the day pass. Otherwise, individually the rides can work out £5 each, per person, which can add up. 
  •  Everything is accessible by foot - The best thing about exploring in Brighton is how accessible all the highlights are. The pier, beach and the Lanes are super close to each other, and the station is also conveniently located. 
  • Deck chairs - If you're looking to chill on deck chairs, it's worth noting they're free on the pier, but you to have to hire them on the beach. 
  • Enjoy the cool vibes - Brighton is a unique city and a lovely day out whether it's your first or 100th time. There's just something about the vibe that's ever so different and I love it, so ultimately enjoy your time there. 
What a beautiful birthday! Brighton, your calm vibe and super cute beach area will always have my heart. Thank you to my boyfriend Dan for booking the hotel and for treating me like a princess on my special day! Here's to a year of being 22! 

I hope you enjoyed this birthday post. What's your favourite thing about Brighton?

Thank you for reading <3

10 comments

  1. Such a lovely birthday post, Della, glad you enjoyed your birthday!😊 I'm in love with your pictures btw!😊

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogspot.be

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  2. Glad you had a fab birthday! I'm going to Brighton in August and I'm so excited because I've heard so many wonderful things about it :) x

    -Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Aw I hope you enjoy yourself - it's a beautiful city xx

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  3. Your pictures are so lovely! I love that you always put hints and tips at the end of your posts! Super helpful! X

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    1. Thank you lovely - I'm glad you like the tips!xx

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  4. Your pictures are beautiful! I've only been to Brighton once and deffo need to go back - it's so Instagramable!

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  5. Looks like you had an amazing time!

    xx
    www.thedecemberdame.com

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