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Close to London, Brighton is a popular seaside resort that‘s been a favourite since the 19th century when George IV made it popular with his Royal Pavilion.

Places to see:

Relax or visit the sights, there’s plenty to see. Walk from Brighton Pier, with all the usual arcade attractions to Brighton Marina. Packed with yachts, you can stop for a drink or continue a little further to the beach used by surfers.

Brighton was made famous by the Royal Pavilion. John Nash turned this into the sumptuous palace you can see today, with its Indian-style façade and Oriental feel inside. Preston Manor is a former manor house just outside Brighton where you can see a collection of fine art, ceramics and furniture.

There are several museums including the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and for children, the Toy and Model Museum. The oldest working aquarium in the world is the Sea Life Centre with a covered walkway to see into the aquarium.

Eating out:

As you’d expect of a seaside town, there are lots of seafood stalls on the seafront serving fish and chips, freshly cooked in front of your eyes. Brighton boasts a wide choice of restaurants from all over the world: Indian, Japanese, Italian, New York-style restaurants and burger bars. For example, Hell’s Kitchen handily located in North Laine, is famous for its hot salt beef and potato latkes and serves up New York deli-style bagels.

If you want something a little more special, try La Cave à Fromage on Western Road that serves excellent cheese and wine platters. Also with a branch in Kensington, it has an unrivalled selection of cheeses sourced from all over Britain and Europe, it has excellent reviews.

Please come back tomorrow to read about things to do, shopping, getting around and where to stay in Brighton.