We stole a day from London to meet the boyfriend and I’s grade-school friend and still close friend (thanks, technology) in Brighton.
Brighton is a seaside town and one of the southernmost towns of England. Quite honestly, I only knew of Brighton because of the YouTubers I used to follow. For some reason, most of them stayed there. I think it’s mostly because Brighton may have lower house prices compared to London but still relatively near to attend events. Additionally, that would be convenient enough for those who, like me, would want to stay away from the usual hustle and bustle of London.
We arrived around lunchtime, exchanged hi’s and how are you’s. I, then, suggested that we see The Lanes, Brighton Pier and the colorful huts near the beach. Jacky, our friend, added there’s a new attraction called the i360. But first things first, lunch! Apparently, Jacky still hadn’t had Nando’s! Shocker! (LOL, Says me who initially hated Nando’s.) Deciding where to was quickly sealed and off we went to get some good mango-and-lime chicken wings and chips with perinaise! Yum! (For those who don’t know, Nando’s is like their Jollibee, it’s everywhere and every Brit loves it. I think. I mean, Ed Sheeran does.)
Assisted by Google Maps (#notsponsored), we headed to The Lanes! A narrow walkway of cobblestones with shops lined up on each side. We didn’t spend more than a few minutes nor did we take photos. Quaint, as with most shopping lanes in United Kingdom, The Lanes had too many people that day. We weren’t in shopping mood, as well, so we proceeded to Brighton Pier.
As it was a glorious summer day, families and groups flocked the pier. Screams and laughter mixed with the rumblings of the rollercoaster and jingling of coins welcomed us. There were food stalls of crepe, ice cream, freshly made donuts and coffee at the boardwalk towards the main area. Kids were running, the locals enjoying the rare sunny day and seagulls squawking. You also get a view of the shore with several people sunbathing, which is amusing to me because the sun may be out but it was still cold. I don’t think the sea was any warmer, either, but people were diving in.
We didn’t know if we were there to only check out the pier and have a few photos but the vibe was just too exciting to pass out on enjoying the rest of the place. We got ourselves unlimited rides wristbands and ultimately, made ourselves scream! Surprisingly, there weren’t a lot of queues despite the high number of people present, we were even able to get on some of the rides twice.
The fact that the pier was meters away from the shore made the rollercoaster rides scarier. I don’t know how to swim and looking down at the water from high up was just terrifying! Gorgeous view, yes, but I definitely let out some high-pitched screams there, haha.
A few hours later, we had some crepe and coffee. I rested my vocal cords and fixed my wind-wrecked hair. Then, the boys and I made our way to i360. But that’s another story to look out for! 😉