So what better way to indulge the English sun? Why a day out to Brighton beach of course - one of the best known beaches in the UK, and my favourite London day trip...
Brighton beach, with a view of the old west pier in the background
Getting to Brighton from London is very easy - you simply catch a train from either London Victoria, London Bridge or London St Pancras train stations, and the journey takes approximately one hour. Once your arrive in Brighton, follow the crowds and walk straight down the high street. The high street is on a lovely downhill slope so you'll reach the famous pebbly beach in no time.
Brighton beach has a great cosmopolitan vibe, and in summer there are always hundreds of people out and about enjoying the water, seaside cafés and bars, local art and galleries
We strolled along the waterfront towards Brighton Pier...
... and stopped for two (or three) turns on Brighton's own merry-go-round on the beach!
The merry-go-round is one of my favourite things to do on Brighton beach and I always take it for a spin or two, often to the amusement of onlookers as mostly it's kids that enjoy this ride. But, hey - there is nothing better than a merry-go-round on the beach, sea air in your hair, and the view!
As well as the beach there's a whole heap of cool stuff to do in Brighton if you're planning on making a weekend of it:
- shopping on North Laine
- water sports
- seafront clubs and bars in the evening
- coffee sampling at the many independent cafés
- Brighton Pier for some carnival type entertainment
- and of course every visit to Brighton must include fish and chips on the beach
view of Brighton beach from Brighton Pier
We made the mandatory visit to Brighton Pier, enjoyed a ice-cream, watched the crazy rides and then tied the knot again! (Just kidding.)
Ahhh... my favourite Brighton merry-go-round again...
And a sunset...
It's not quite so sunny this weekend so I'm having a quite one in London. What's everyone up to?