Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside

Don’t you just love being by the ocean in summer time? There’s something about feeling the cool sea breeze on your skin and sand between your toes. Brighton is one of my favourite seaside spots and being only an hour away from busy London it is the perfect weekend retreat, filled with beach strolls, fish n chips on the pier and vintage hunting in the wonderful lanes.

Olive and I were inspired to put together a “12 hours in Brighton” guide from our recent visit, highlighting some of our favourite places from fab stationary stores to lovely tea shops and delicious smelling bakery’s. The many windy lanes of Brighton are one of our favourite places to spend a Saturday, Home to independent stores, health food shops and quirky cafes.


We started at the oh so colourful Blackout a treasure trove of bohemian homewear,  an amazing selection of Knick knacks and some very cute match boxes.

We then made our way down to Magazine Brighton a stationary store that stocks the most colourful selection of pens, notepads and independent magazines. As the stationary addicts that we are we couldn’t resist picking up a couple of new writing pens and a copy of the 91 Magazine.
A trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to our favourite Tea Shop Bird and Blend Tea Co whose first store opened up in the pretty lanes of Brighton 6 years ago. We loved there rainbow wall the most delicious flavours of tea you have ever seen, the staff are always so friendly and helpful and let us sample there new flavours of iced tea, perfect for the summer.

To Eat:

The Flour Pot Bakery is a great place to stop and re fuel before heading hack through the lanes. The pastries are amazing and the doughnuts to die for! As it was lovely and warm we picked up a cool iced coffee to continue sipping in the sun and a pastry to go.

If Gelato is your thing then definitely check out Gelato Gusto located just on the corner of North lane. Such an amazing selection of flavours from refreshing watermelon to indulgent triple chocolate, there’s something for everyone.

Things to do/ see:

The Brighton Pavilion is a well know landmark of this quirky seaside town, admire the Indian inspired architecture from the outside and head on inside to stroll round the rather lovely holiday home of Princess Charlotte.

A trip to Brighton would not be complete without a visit to their famous pier, filled with candy floss shops, fairground rides and a great bar perched right out the end where you can enjoy a refreshing beer while looking out to sea (just make sure to avoid the seagulls!)

We would recommend spending the rest of your day relaxing on the beach, hire deck chair or too and enjoy the quintessentially British charms of this seaside town.

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