I’ve just been re-visiting an old haunt – the seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of England.
Coincidentally, I see it’s one of the Great British Getaways for 2009 recommended by our friends at the magazine, Condé Nast Traveller.
Brighton became popular towards the end of the 18th century through the patronage of the Prince Regent. He spent much of his leisure time in the town and had the Royal Pavilion constructed. The Victorian era saw the building of many other attractions, including the Grand Hotel and the Palace Pier.
These days, Brighton is a vibrant town with attractive architecture, plenty of shops of all kinds - especially antiques and clothing - and restaurants. And it’s all neatly contained within a small area. With a big student population, it has a young feel.
Brighton is only about an hour’s train ride from London and there are some really chic boutique hotels to enjoy. We agree with Condé Nast that two of the coolest are Drakes, which is set in two Regency townhouses with great sea views, and Myhotel Brighton, where cutting-edge design meets feng shui.
by Andy Moreton