We woke up early to discover a patch of sunlight on our brick wall view – perfect weather for exploring Brighton! After a big breakfast overlooking the sea (plenty of choice with hot and cold breakfast buffet or various dishes cooked to order) we set out for the day.
First stop was the Royal Pavilon. The impressive building is in the heart of the city centre and was built as a ‘pleasure palace’ for King George IV. One of my biggest passions is visiting castles, stately homes and old buildings – I am the National Trusts’s best customer and am fascinated by times gone by, and for £11 each Brighton’s Royal Pavilion did not let me down! Each room is more jaw-dropping than the last, the most magnificent being the Banqueting Room complete with table stretching from one end of the room to the other lavishly set up for 26 guests. We were provided with a handy audio-guide which gave fascinating descriptions of life at the Pavilion and an intriguing insight into King George IV himself. By the end I was fully prepared to give up life with ipads and Eastenders to travel back in time for a good old knees up at one of Georgies infamous parties!
Although the Royal Pavilion has a lovely tearoom within the building itself, we decided to wander to The Lanes for lunch. Brighton has a main shopping area with all the usual stores but The Lanes, situated within a 5 minute walk of the seafront, is well worth a visit. Quaint cobblestoned alleyways offer up surprises at every turn. There’s an abundance of jewellers (men with girlfriends/wives are advised to take a full wallet), vintage clothes and craft shops and cute little eateries. You could easily while away an afternoon window shopping, or actual shopping, because we all know that’s much more fun.
That evening, we took a trip to the cinema to see Gravity – however this wasn’t just any cinema. The Duke of York Picturehouse is around a 25 minute walk from the seafront, a funky cinema set up like a theatre, showing both mainstream and independent arthouse films.
Standard prices apply but for a few pound extra (around £14 each) you can take a glass of wine from the bar and a snack of your choice into the balcony area and sit on the…..wait for it…..SOFAS! Little things like that make me so happy and it was all I could do not to whip off my bra, put on my onesie and start painting my toenails which is surely what every girl does when sat on the sofa with a glass of wine and a film?!