Whistles neighbourhood: Brighton
Ever burgeoning to fulfill its ‘London on sea’ moniker, Brighton is bursting with must-visit destinations.
Hotel du Vin
A cluster of gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings make up this popular boutique bolthole. Though, the rooms within pertain to a contemporary, minimalist vein, making for a placid retreat during your stay. Each of the 49 rooms and suites offers a monsoon shower and fine Egyptian cotton bed linen but, for the ultimate experience, we recommend requesting a room featuring a roll top bath. Don’t leave without exploring the cavernous space in its entirety – the wine cellar and in-house bistro are not to be missed.
2 Ship Street, BN1 1AD
Peggs & Son
One of England's leading independent menswear stores, Peggs & Son offers a sharp edit of wardrobe pieces, artfully curated from an exciting and unique collective of international brands. Classic and modern garments from A.P.C. and MHL Margaret Howell sit alongside insider label Porter and more emerging brands like Swedish label CMMN SWDN. Drop by to invest in perennial items that will last you a lifetime, and discover the next big thing in menswear (and wear it before anyone else).
39 Duke Street, BN1 1AG
The Treatment Rooms
This urban day spa and salon comes highly recommended by well-groomed natives. Whether you’re in need of a quick pedicure or an entire overhaul, this friendly establishment will cocoon you within a sense of calm and quiet reflection, upon entering. Treatments on offer include aromatherapy wraps, LaStone massage, Lava Shell Massage, oxygen therapy and Eve Lom facials. We recommend indulging for an afternoon, before taking a nap in one of the tranquil relaxation rooms.
21 New Road, BN1 1UF
Vintage culture is difficult to avoid in this seaside town. So, we recommend embracing it, though being selective about where you shop ought to guarantee a more fruitful rummage. Snooper’s Paradise can be found in the heart of the North Laine, Brighton’s most revered shopping street. More museum than shop, the sheer amount of stock creates a truly retro mise-en-scene, fascinating to explore as well as purchase. Continue upstairs to Snooper’s Attic and you’ll find a more organized chaos, where vintage clothing, jewellery and curios has been resurrected by a team of 20+ designers, makers and hoarders.
7-8 Kensington Gardens, BN1 4AL
Pioneering truly sophisticated communal dining, this small but valuable addition to Brighton’s restaurant scene opened just last year. Michael Bremner, head chef and founder, blazes the trail for high precision cooking. Modern, delicious concoctions such as venison, celeriac, red cabbage and hazelnut, are executed in the open kitchen, for all patrons to see. Ingredients aside, the menu reveals little else. The element of surprise when the food arrives is truly welcome.
53 Meeting House Lane, BN1 1HB
Abandon all traces of your daily demeanor and embrace the decadent sleaze of Brighton Pier. The glaring neon signs, pumping, dated pop and sugary-sweet taste of myriad fun fair treats are sure to enthrall your senses and set you roaming the arcades and funfair in pursuit of pure, naïve fun. The juxtaposition of the expanse of sea and the tacky, technicolour glare of the pier is entirely picturesque, so be sure to make camera stops at both the fortunetellers caravan and the infamous pier entrance.
Madeira Drive, BN2 1TW
Jack & Linda Mills Traditional Fish Smokers
No trip to Brighton would be complete without a fish lunch or supper. On the seafront in the fish quarter, you’ll find Jack & Linda Mills Traditional Fish Smokers. The husband and wife duo, who have worked as fishers most of their lives, opened their little arch café and smoke shed over 11 years ago. Since then, locals have flocked here for their beautifully simple daily specials. Deliberate over homemade fish soup and a choice of hot mackerel or fresh crab sandwiches, before huddling on the shore and devouring.
201 King’s Road Arches, BN1 1NB
Your local store
Visit our Brighton store for both womenswear and menswear collections, including shoes, bags and swimwear. We are open seven days a week and offer a collect from store service for your convienience.
35 Duke Street, BN1 1AG
New to Brighton, this visionary zero-waste resturant, bakery and coffee house is a must visit - founded by Chef Douglas McMaster. Minimising waste, Silo trades directly with farmers, using re-usable delivery vessels and chosing local ingredients. A primitive and pure menu provides delicious, unique and healthy options. We recommend the sour dough toast with Silo baked beans and a slow cooked egg for a comforting weekend brunch. Even the stylish interior of this ethical eatery was created by Baines & Fricker using vintage and recycled materials.
39 Upper Gardner Street, North Laine, BN1 4AN
Since it opened in 2002, this smart boutique has garnered a solid reputation for understated designer womenswear, footwear and accessories, something of a rarity on the high streets of Brighton. Browse pieces from the current collections of Acne, Isabel Marant and Vanessa Bruno, all lovingly displayed within the raw brick walls.
21 Bond Street, BN1 1RD
Construction of the breath-taking pavilion began in the late eighteenth century, under the instruction of George IV, who fell so hard for the seaside charm of ‘Brighthelmstone’ that owning his own native pleasure palace became an absolute necessity. Today, John Nash’s exotic onion domed superstructure is best enjoyed from the surrounding grounds, which remain resplendent throughout the changing seasons. In summer, peonies and 15 varieties of rose envelop the space. During early autumn, a cacophony of tiger lilies, asters and fuchsia take hold. If time permits, visit the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery within the pavilion and survey the rich collections of fashion, fine art and 20th century design at your leisure.
4/5 Pavilion Buildings, BN1 1EE
Ten Green Bottles
Even the most discerning wine aficionado would revel at the abundance of bottles on offer at this charming wine shop and bar space. The store is of an intimate scale, so a single table surrounded by ruby-coloured stools is often arranged at its centre. Call in to pick up a bottle of French Crozes-Hermitage, linger just long enough to sink a glass of Belloti or make an evening of it and stay for one of the regular wine tasting experiences – this cosy space is sure to lure you in for longer than planned.
9 Jubilee Street, BN1 1GE