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Monday, 20 February 2017

Weekend Break In Brighton

Brighton Harbour Hotel White BuildingHaving only ever made fleeting visits to the seaside town (and not for many years), last weekend I was very excited to hit the road and stay the night in a room with a sea view.  Even though there's plenty to do in Brighton on a short break, it really brought the goods when it came to relaxation.  By the end of my stay, I could physically feel my pace slowing and shoulders lowering.  Bliss. So, you've got 24 hours to play with - how do you spend your time in Brighton?
Brighton Seafront Shops and Benches
UK Brighton Beach in Winter
Hotel in Brighton With a View of the Sea
Weekend Break in Brighton Travel Blog Guide
Still 100% in love with this Ralph Lauren gingham peplum shirt.  SO cute.
In the late afternoon, I found myself checking into the Brighton Harbour Hotel, a bright and newly-renovated hotel overlooking a seafront promenade.  The building's white exterior stands out on the corner, revealing a beautifully fresh, colourful and entirely tasteful interior.  Speaking of which, I'm still not over the perfect clashing of patterns in the room; the zig-zag cushions, the headboard, the carpet!
Nautical Themed Hotel Room Seaside
Zara Metallic Slip On Loafers
UK Travel Blogger Brighton Hotel Review
White and Gold Modern Light Fitting
I'm so pleased to have chosen the Brighton Harbour Hotel for my visit to the seaside town.  I think I've mentioned before my attachment to business hotels thanks to the guarantee of what to expect, however once again I've been reminded of how great it is to choose something different and to not have any expectations.  I wasn't expecting such a fabulous view, or a borderline-nautical design to the room that totally matched its surroundings!
Brighton Harbour Hotel Superior Sea Front View Room
Old Fashioned Bottles of Gin and Sherry
Black and White Zara Gingham Blouse
Zara Frilled Gingham Top - love the ruffles!
Black and White Photography of Fishnet Tights
Fishnets on (and a few extra layers!), it was time to head out in search of dinner.  The hotel itself is home to multi award-winning restaurant The Jetty - extensive menu and panoramic views of the seafront both included.  Though, with very little appetite after having eaten our way through various share-sized bags of chocolate (I have no willpower when it comes to Minstrels), a light dinner elsewhere was on the cards.  Step back 100m from the seafront and you'll find there's plenty of choice  for light meals.
The White Company Hotel Toiletries
Morning Sunshine Coming Through Bathroom Blinds
Room Service Breakfast at Brighton Seafront HotelRise and shine!  I awoke the next morning to the sound of seagulls and not much else!  Like I said, total relaxation.  Beforehand, I'd read online complaints about noise from a nearby nightclub, however despite the hotel's reassurance about the windows currently being upgraded to double glazing, I didn't hear a thing all night!  So, I guess they've finished upgrading?  Either way, massive relief - and especially as I've occasionally been surviving on a few hours sleep each night lately.  Eek!
Brighton Harbour Hotel Superior Double Room
French L'Art de Rien White T-Shirt
Seagulls Flying Around Brighton Seafront
The next morning began with a run along the promenade while barely anyone was up and about, which was quickly followed by a tasty breakfast back in the room, having ordered it the night before.  Soft toast isn't my thing, but everything else was delicious. God that cranberry juice was good...

Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa
64 King's Road

Psst!  If you're looking to stay at the hotel and are curious about the room shown here, I've shared my experience of a Superior Sea View Double Room.
Brighton British Airways i360 Blog Review
Brighton British Airways i360 Travel Blog Review
Besides the hotel, I was most looking forward to experiencing the British Airways i360; a 162-metre observation tower on the seafront that enables you to enjoy a panoramic view of Brighton.  Looking at these photos, you could easily believe it was summer and not a breezy day in February!  I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather - I'm convinced the experience was made all the more special by the sun illuminating everything in sight.  A small bar can be found within the vertical cable car, though you'll most likely be distracted by the views most of the time!View From Brighton British Airways i360 Experience
Brighton British Airways i360 Interior
Okay, so besides lounging around a seafront hotel, running along the promenade and eating your weight in seafood, what else can you do?  The most obvious answer is to check out Brighton Pier.  There's an unusual charm to the pier that I can't say I've experienced anywhere else before; it's not at all polished and yet it's endearing - especially on a sunny day!  Various benches line the wooden boards and even on a busy day, you're likely to be able to find a bench or deck chair to sit and enjoy your rock stick.
Brighton Pier on a Sunny Winter's Day
An afternoon could easily be spent wandering through The Lanes, a collection of narrow lanes in the seaside town, famous for their small shops.  Although if your stomach can't handle the deprivation, there are a ton of coffee shops around serving cake, cake and more cake.  Yum!  I happened to stumble across The Pavilion Tea Company, a small café adjoining The Royal Pavilion gift shop located next door.  The atmosphere is gentle and calm, ideal for tucking into a double chocolate muffin and complaining about the heeled boots you chose to wear (will I ever learn?).  Although The Pavilion has a tearoom all of its own, this is a brilliant low-key option for when you're short on time and looking for a quick, light snack.
Brighton The Pavilion Tea Company Review
Double Chocolate Muffin With Chocolate Shavings
Pavilion Tea Company Cafe in Brighton Blog Review
Of course no trip to Brighton is complete without a wander through The Royal Pavilion.  The rooms becoming increasingly (and intentionally) flamboyant as you progress through the former royal residence... though I'll leave my thoughts there there so not to spoil your trip!

Psst!  Photography isn't permitted within The Pavilion.
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton Travel Blog Review
For whatever reason, it feels as though there's absolutely no pressure in Brighton.  Perhaps it's the sea air?  Either way, I'm really glad to have spent some time there - it's refreshing!  I'd love to hear whether you've visited Brighton before, and if so, did you enjoy your time at this bright and breezy seaside town?

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. Looks like your weekend in Brighton was pretty ideal. I'm glad to hear of it. That hotel does seem dreamy. The nautical design is pretty dreamy. I imagine that waking up to the sound of seagulls was pretty nice. I've always loved seagulls.

    I see you have been fortunate with the lovely! That panorama view of Brighton is breath-taking.

  2. I love your outfits...and those fisnets look so chic worn with those silver shoes.

  3. What a weekend! I love your outfit especially that jacket. Brighton looks lovely.

  4. I've never been to Brighton, but it's definitely on my travel list. What a way to spend the weekend! The hotel looks gorgeous, and I'd never want to step away from the beach. I'm oddly amused by seagulls, so I'd love to wake up to them.

    This is a beautiful post Gabrielle, and I hope you have a lovely week!

    Amber -

  5. Brighton looks so beautiful! I love that the hotel you stayed at had a very seaside/beach vibe too but still kept it contemporary and chic! I would love to visit here one day!


  6. Dang, Brighton is so pretty! I do want to visit someday. That hotel is really beautiful too and the breakfast looked perfectly photographed haha. Sounds like you had a great little getaway. That's really cool they have a look out tower, which makes for some amazing photos!!


  7. You had the dreamiest view ever! I love this place, have to do my research since I am not familiar with it at know living in America and all. :)) Thanks for sharing such amazing pics, love them all! I am a photography lover.


  8. My cousin used to study in Brighton and she always said that Brighton was the most beautiful place of the country, and I have to agree. Love your photos Gabrielle, so beautiful!


  9. Oh, brighton looks really like a relaxing place to stay. The seaside never fails to lower my heart rate within seconds.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  10. the place looks lovely! Awesome for a short break and recharge

    Inside and Outside Blog

  11. This is such a great guide, Gabrille! I love love hotels and being seaside, so I think this is right up my alley :) The bedding gave me some serious inspo. And all that food and the observation tower has me wanting to book a trip ASAP! Love your adorable overalls too xx

  12. Wow! Your photos are gorgeous! I would love to visit Brighton too if I ever were to go to the UK. Such a charming seaside place. :)

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  13. Brighton looks amazing, beautiful photos!!

    Nev | Miss Nev

  14. Beautiful photos, Brighton is gorgeous!
    Aleeha xXx

  15. Your photos are amazing! Would love to try the British Aiways i360. Sounds exciting!
    Madeline x

  16. Beautiful photos of the area here Gabrielle, I must visit Brighton as I only drove through it once but I love those views along the seafront there. Looks like you had a lovely weekend! - Tasha

  17. Lovely photos ! There are so stunning !
    Looks like an amazing week end.
    I love your gingham shirts. so pretty!

  18. I've only ever been to Brighton once as a kid and I've always been wanting to go back, its just something about being near the sea that I love! The photography in this post is insane, girl, in a great way of course haha :)

  19. Brighton never looked SO pretty! You definitely have a talent for capturing the most amazing details <3
    Kira Is Wearing

  20. Amazing photos! You make me want to go to Brighton :)


  21. Brighton is one of the places I want to visit. Thanks for sharing your experience with us and the hotel. Will keep that in mind.

  22. I love your description of a stay at Brighton. It seems like a most charming place to spend 24 hours of pure relaxation. Sea air has am amazing way of calming tensions. I love your outfit for going out to dinner also - the ruffled gingham and fishnet stockings - another example of great pairing of patterns!
    xo, janea

  23. Beautiful pictures!! I have many friends who have visited Brighton and they loved it! It really looks very charming! So happy you have enjoyed such a lovely weekend!


    Seize your Style

  24. Brighton looks simply marvelous! I could really get a sense of the relaxed and carefree spirit of your weekend adventure there through your words and photos Gabrielle!

  25. That hotel looks lovely and what a great view from the observation tower! I don't remember ever visiting Brighton before - I think I may have to visit x


  26. OMG that bed!! and such a lovely view from the window! *-*

  27. Omg Brighton looks so amazing...
    Would love to give it a visit.
    And the hotel is so dreamy.
    Great post.

  28. Your photographs are lovely! It sounds like you had a great time! Your hair is so gorgeous by the way!!

    Much love,
    Marianne x

  29. stunning pictures! Brighton so wonderful
    new post on my blog <<< fashion blogger >>>
    have an happy day, kisses

  30. Looks like you had an amazing time in Brighton! Loved your photos.

    Gemma x

  31. What a great trip and pictures! I love visiting the Bluebird Tea Co. shop and going to the theater when I'm in Brighton!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  32. This looks amazing!! I really want to go here, stunning pictures x

  33. The hotel looks very chic, I love the chevron cushions and little details. I'd love to return to Brighton, the Pavilion is so cool

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  34. Your Zara top is just gorgeous Gabrielle and loving your slogan T! I've only ever visited Brighton once which was quite a few years ago now but I really loved it and it's so close to London too. That chocolate cupcake looks incredibly dreamy xx

  35. Bellissima cittadina, per passeggiare in assoluto relax!

  36. The hotel is a lovely addition to Brighton Gabrielle! I love its nautical theme. I've heard about the Pier, so much fun! I wasn't aware of all the shops & cafe's nearby. Thanks for showcasing.

  37. Such gorgeous photographs Gabrielle, really do love the view from your hotel room it's glorious! It's always so nice waking up and seeing the sea, and then going out for a stroll to breath in the fresh sea air :)

    I love the little bottles containing alcohol, a nice touch! and don't get me started on how delicious that chocolate pudding looks, the chocoholic in me couldn't help but stare at that picture a little bit ;)

    You look so beautiful in your photographs lovely and love your pretty T-Shirt taken next to the navy patterned pillow, so elegant.

    It really sounds like you had such a wonderful time in Brighton! Craving the sea so perhaps I should organise a trip to the coast with Jon.

    Lots of love,

    Laura x x

  38. You fit a lot into a short trip! The i360 looks amazing and all your photos are beautiful. I haven't been to Brighton for a few years now, it's so far away but I really want to go back!
    Amy xx

  39. I love the decor in the room too! I think it fits the environment and that panoramic view was beautiful! If you told me it was a summertime shot I would've believed you.


    Violet Roots || Instagram

  40. I've been to Brighton a few times and loved it there. So fun! The decor in the room is beautiful

  41. Girl your pictures are so stunning in this post! I used to live in Worthing whilst I was at uni which is super close - bringing back SO many memories of weekends spent in Brighton! So glad you had the best time lovely!

    Hayley xo

  42. Brighton looks so lovely! I would love to go there! I hope you enjoyed and thanks for sharing this weekend!

  43. Brighton is such a lovely city, I need to go back. Your pictures are absolutely amazing!

    Vanessa x |

  44. Honestly can't decide what I love more Gabrielle - your gorgeous outfits (That Zara top!!!) or the stunning photography. What amazing light! Beautiful post as always. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  45. Amazing photos and outfits :) I wanted to study in Brighton so badly because it's a nice city and it reminds me a little bit of my hometown but maybe one day I'll be able to go study there or maybe live there :)

  46. Looks so relaxing and love the photos, so pretty!

  47. Indeed such a relaxing getaway for you albeit how short it is. The town looks fascinating as I also like places next to the sea. Love your travel story as always Gabrielle.

  48. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!! You seem to have gotten lucky with some sun in Brighton, too!

    Alya / moorizZLA xx

  49. I have always wanted to visit Brighton, it looks so charming and unique. The Lanes sounds so fabulous!

  50. The pictures alone actually brought a feeling of relaxation. It looks beautiful!

  51. You always look amazing and I love your pictures hun :) xx

  52. Wow, stunning pictures <3 i like it!

  53. This looks like such a lovely break, I have always only visited briefly - would be lovely to stay a little bit longer next time!


  54. Goodness , how gorgeois is thos place.So dreamy and cute and amazing.I also love those shoes.

  55. So beautiful photos! Can't wait for the weekend!
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | Diy & Lifestyle Blog

  56. I've never been to Brighton, these pictures are gorgeous!

    Lauren x Huggled

  57. How lovely! As soon as ive passed my test this is the first thing i want to do! You have some gorgeous pictures!

    Darriyan xo

  58. very nice post!
    i love your shoes

  59. Brighton looks so lovely! I adore all those marvelous white buildings! And the fact that is literally on the seaside, it;s just amazing! :D

  60. Brighton looks incredible! I would love to visit there someday!

    Bella x

  61. Wow :) first of all your photos are simply amazing!!! I always see Brighton in vlogs and blogs and it looks a beautiful city! Have a nice day xxx

  62. What a wonderful weekend, Gaby! Stunning photos and great review :)

  63. Woww it looks so beautiful! I see this city in vlogs on YouTube but I haven't ever been. I do wish to travel to Europe some time soon to experience the beauty of these cities in person. Looks like such a wonderful trip! I especially like that photo of the muffin! Chocolate is my weakness and chocolate flavored anything is the absolute best

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

  64. Looks like it was a very interesting weekend!))

  65. That pair of silver shoes caught my attention, babe! Happy weekend! xoxo

  66. What a great post, Gabrielle, I can almost feel the salty air on my skin!
    You're making me want to go to Brighton like NOW!

  67. I have been pestering my boyfriend to take me to Brighton for the last couple of years but as yet we haven't gotten round to it. I will have to casually leave my laptop open on your post and hope he reads it and gets the hint this time! It looks like you had a fab trip and I hope I will get there myself one day soon :) x

  68. Beautiful photos! It looks like you picked the perfect weekend to go as well! :)xx

  69. Totally in love with Brighton now. A must travel for me now. Love that photo from the plane.

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

  70. Never had the time to go there but according to your pictures it looks like a lovely place ! :)

    Kenza from

  71. Beautiful place and lovely pictures! :))


  72. Looks like an stunning place to visit! And your pictures do great justice.
    That is a lovely hotel you stayed in. I like how bright and fancy it looks.

    Escaping Through Ink

  73. Looks like you had a great time, Brighton looks beautIful and I really loved seeing all of these images- it makes me want to go! The last time I was in London I had one day left and I was going to go to Brighton but I ended up going to Bath instead. Bath was beautiful as well but I would love to actually get down to Brighton one day...

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  74. the photos are so dreamy ,and that sunny day though xo

  75. That hotel looks amazing and what great placer on the seafront...


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