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4 things you have to do in Brighton this summer

By Natalie Arney
4 things you have to do in Brighton this summer

The Great British summer has arrived, and so it’s time to get your shades on and enjoy the weather – while it lasts!

Venturing out and exploring some of the UK’s hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems is the ideal way to make the most of the sun. You get less of the crowds, and it doesn’t involve fighting for space in the park or on the beach.

But what to do? Watch Shop’s Unbox the City guide gives you an insider peek into locals’ favourite activities in cities across Britain. And with hot temperatures and plenty of sunshine on the cards, what better place to visit than the seaside?

And it doesn’t get much better than Brighton. Inspired by hometown blogger Natalie Arney’s tips, we’ve outlined the top four things to do in this artsy, eclectic city this summer.

1. North Laine

Just a two-minute walk from the train station, an indie-haven awaits. Full of bars, restaurants, shops, galleries, and other quirky spots, North Laine is the perfect place for a whimsical wander. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, this off-beat neighbourhood has a solution.

From artisan gelato to fresh bagels, there are dozens of cafés and restaurants dishing up something interesting. In terms of shopping, you can find everything from upscale boutique dresses to obscure vintage furniture. If you’re looking for a unique piece of Brighton to take away with you, North Laine is the place.


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2. Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum

Indulge in a bit of cultural awakening at Brighton’s grandest attraction, the lavish Royal Pavilion. Built in the early 1800s for King George and the aristocracy, this epic estate served as a party hub for the wealthy to enjoy. You can tour the grand rooms, which give you a sense that Brighton has long been a favourite place for all sorts of Brits to flock to when the weather gets good.

If you have time, head into the garden where Brighton Museum awaits, full of all sorts of surprises. Time travel through the fashion that’s paraded up and down the city streets during past centuries and study a dizzying spectrum of cultural artefacts that document Brighton’s colourful history.

3. The Lanes

Lose yourself in The Lanes, a network of winding alleyways and narrow streets that snake through Brighton’s old quarter. Showcasing the best of Brighton’s creative spirit, you can find everything from artisan chocolate to one-of-a-kind eyeglasses in the independent shops that are cosily wedged into this maze of discovery.

Go with an open mind and you’ll be delighted by the treasures lurking around every corner. And don’t forget to pause to refuel at an outdoor café, where you’ll enjoy (hopefully) some sort of live music from the buskers that frequent the area.

4. Brighton Pier

Though not quite a ‘hidden’ gem, no visit to Brighton is complete without a trip to the pier. Having stood for more than 100 years, this architectural masterpiece has survived wars, storms, and relentless abuse from seagulls passing overhead.

Indulge in old-fashioned British seaside charm with a ride on the carousel followed by a giant ice cream cone – and don’t pass up the chance to snag some rock from the sweet shop. Whether you spend hours at the amusements or simply stop by for a quick snack, the whole place makes for perfect Instagram fodder, so make the most of the opportunity.


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One-off shops, compelling history, and a friendly atmosphere make Brighton the perfect place to enjoy the sunny weather. So, get ready to travel from the shops to the sea and make the most of the south coast this summer!

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