When you think of a beach town you don’t think it could possibly be anywhere in England, but the town of Brighton will change your mind. Brighton is on the south coast of England and is only an hour train ride from central London. My housemates and I spent the day there one Saturday in early fall and it was gorgeous weather, not warm enough to lay out in our bathing suits but sun is sun in England and you take what you can get.
We headed to Brighton Pier first which is full of amusement park rides, arcade games, and every possible junk food you could think of – cotton candy, fudge, lollipops, popcorn, toffee, and jellybeans. The pier has excellent views of the coast, promenade, and buildings and it was such a clear day that you could see miles down the coast and all of the tiny sailboats out on the blue water. My house mates and I didn’t fill up on junk food but saved our stomachs for a lunch of fish and chips at one of the restaurants on the promenade. If you want some of the best fish and chips in England, Brighton is the place to go for the obvious reason.
We walked off our lunch strolling along the high street stopping in at the usual fudge shops and popping into record and clothing stores for some browsing. Brighton is known for its nightlife but we saw plenty of families spending time together or bustling around running errands. As the day was coming to a close and we were waiting for our train back to London to arrive, we walked back down to the pebble stone beach and sat down to watch the sunset. There weren’t that many people around so it was very quiet and absolutely beautiful. Far from California, it was nice to sit down on a beach in the fading sun even though I couldn’t squish my toes in the sand.
The day in Brighton was a leisure one and I would definitely go back for a long weekend. It was nice to get out of London for a bit, away from the noisy and crowded streets, and smell the fresh air in a wide open space.