One of my all time favourite places is Brighton. Of course this is a lot more obvious than some of the visits we’ve had but take a look at this view from our B&B window – who couldn’t love that!
The things we love about Brighton are just as much on the beaten track as off it, the cheesiness of the Pier, the little art shops under the Prom and of course the shops of The Lanes home to the brilliant Dolly Dagger Boutique who do a fab line in reproduction dresses in particular and great jewellery, I bought a pretty green plastic necklace and hair slide last time but check out this fab robot brooch in the sale at the moment
I am seriously coveting this great dress as well!
Occupying the area behind Brighton Pavilion and far more exciting in our opinion is the North Laine area which has a much more eclectic range of shops from eco clothing and shoes to frankly fabulous cake shops and even a theatre. Here’s a map and a street view of the area from the North Laine website.
Almost all of the shops and cafes are run by the owners and in some cases designers sell their own creations, one exception is Beyond Retro who retro fans will know from the Brick Lane store in London. This one is absolutely amazing though, it’s literally enormous and packed to the rafters with every age and type of vintage wear imaginable.
My favourite shopping finds on this visit though were on the crafty side! I got this pack of amazingly gorgeous buttons at the Brighton Sewing Center in North Laine which was absolutely full of pretty fabrics and trimmings.
Slightly more off the beaten track is an absolute gem of a knitting shop called Purl which is out in a pretty residential area on the Hove side of the City.
We stayed at a pretty funky B&B on this visit called Seaspray. This has themed rooms and a spa and very nice if rather sparse breakfast. We stayed in the Little Venice room which had the most comfortable bed ever as well as two little balconies overlooking the Pier.
and ate at the rather shabby Worlds End Pub in London Road. This needs to be searched out not for the area it’s in or for the less than salubrious setting but for the absolutely fabulous food in the BBQ Shack (as reviewed here by Jay Rayner http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/24/jay-rayner-restaurants-bbq-shack) the pulled pork is just a taste sensation!
There are some fantastic boozers in Brighton too, some of which brew their own too. We particularly liked the Earth and Stars which had a really chilled out vibe but the Drink Brighton website is a wealth of info away from the usual tourist traps.
Go and enjoy Brighton, love the Pier and the Pavilion but take a bit of time to find some of the hidden finds. It’s well worth it!
Keep the Vintage Love xx