- Coastline Regency splendour
- Coast life London-on-sea
Forget kiss-me-quick hats and candyfloss on Palace Pier – with its pretty, terraced squares, Brighton gives Bath a run for its Regency money.
The Queen gave Brighton a royal seal of approval when she promoted the seaside resort to city status a few years ago. With so much restoration work reaching fruition, it’s time to celebrate Brighton’s architectural heritage. As well as a wealth of restaurants, bars and cute boutiques, this patch of the country has an action-packed cultural programme.
Do go/Don’t go
Britain is an unpredictable blighter for weather, so don’t let that dictate when you go. Weekends can be a lot busier, especially during holidays; so, for an uncrowded romantic escape, you may prefer to go midweek.
Planes Gatwick Airport is about half an hour’s drive up the M23; Heathrow is about 90 minutes' drive.
Trains Just 50 minutes by fast train from Victoria, it's no wonder Brighton is nicknamed London-on-sea. National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950; www.nationalrail.co.uk. Brighton rail station is a 10-minute stroll from the city centre.
Automobiles You won’t need a car if you plan to stay anchored in the city itself, but if you want to explore the coast or the South Downs your best bet is Avis in Brighton (www.avis.co.uk) From the M25, take the M23/A23; the coastal route A27 links the city east and west.
- Taxis The city is compact, with most of what you'll want to do and see within walking distance. If you do fancy a cab, there are plenty to hail, as well as taxi ranks in the city centre, the main ones being in East Street, Queen's Square and at Hove Town Hall.