As you might have seen in my latest vlog, a few weeks back we visited Brighton for a very overdue trip. Last year I bought Darryl tickets for the British Airways i360 as a birthday gift, and it became one of those “we’ll do it when the weathers nice” things. Almost one whole year later, we finally went! I’ve been to Brighton before but not since I was a child, so it was good to go back with a different perspective and more to see.

Our first stop after spending 30 minutes trying to find free parking (don’t bother, we ended up paying £17.50 in a multi story), we headed off to our first stop. Food. An Insta-friend recommended a place called Nowhere Man (thanks Sophie!) and I’m so glad she did. One huge cappuccino and two massive pancake plates later we were very satisfied. Ps, they do vegan options.

After a bit of shopping in the town we headed off to the British Airways i360 for our 2pm flight. I didn’t know a lot about this thing when I booked it, I just knew Darryl liked experiences and interesting technology so put the two together to make a day out.

Not heard about it before? Here’s what you need to know:

Take to the skies to see Brighton and the beautiful south coast as you have never seen them before. Glide up gently to 450ft in our futuristic glass viewing pod, which was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.

Admire 360-degree views across Brighton & Hove, the South Downs National Park, the UNESCO Biosphere and, on the clearest days, all the way along the coast to the Isle of Wight (49 miles away).

Find out more here

We didn’t have the best weather (typical) and Brighton isn’t the prettiest place in the world, but it was a fun experience and gave us something a bit different to do for half an hour. Just remember to pre-book! Tickets are £16.50 for adults, £14.50 for students and £0-£8.25 for children depending on their age.

After that, we wandered over to the pier to see what else had changed. It was absolutely rammed, but thankfully we’d changed our original plans to go the weekend before which was their Pride event. That would have been a whole other experience.

Before heading back home we had one final food stop at Purezza, which again was recommended to me by a friend. For those that don’t know, Purezza is a vegan pizza place with another restaurant in Camden. No we’re not vegan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try vegan food now and then right? The cheese was a bit bizarre at first, but it was good food! The restaurant was lovely too. You can’t make reservations unless there are six or more of you, so maybe go off-peak for a better chance of getting a table as it’s quite small.

And that was our Brighton trip done and dusted! If you’re looking for something different to do on a weekend, give this lot a go – and if pancakes and pizza aren’t your thing, there are plenty more amazing looking cafes, restaurants and bars dotted through the town.

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