Summer Guide to Brighton
In the spirit of making the most of this often fleeting season, we've taken it upon ourselves to create HOLD's Guide to Summertime in Brighton (2022 edition!)- a non-exhaustive list of places to inspire your seaside stint.
The sunshine is officially here, bringing the annual city-wide buzz along with it. Of course, Brighton is wonderful all year round, but something about it during the summertime just hits different. It might be the way the sea glistens on the horizon, or the sound of chit-chat filling the still air, or maybe it's just the fact that a little drop of Vitamin D puts everyone in a good mood! If you're from around here, you probably know what we're talking about, but if you're not, you really should come and experience it for yourself.
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Fine dining meets casual-cool at Kokedama. Situated on Brighton's East Street, this new restaurant offers natural wines and first-class cocktails alongside its plant-based small plate menu. With a focus on sustainability, the in-house chefs design delicious dishes using seasonal ingredients that will have you simply drooling!
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With interiors designed by Fabio Lauro, Kusaki transports you to the Far East with its bespoke murals and indoor cherry blossoms. Boasting an impressive plant-based menu, the food will take you on a culinary journey exploring Japan's botanical flavours. The desserts and cocktails in particular are *chefs kiss*!
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Brighton is often dubbed as the gay capital of the UK, so it'll come as no surprise that the Pride festivities have made their way onto this list. This annual event brings people together- it's a city-wide party, and everyone is invited! Expect live music, colourful parades, and lots of eye-catching ensembles.
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An iconic local landmark, the Royal Pavilion is a Grade 1 listed building, and if walls could talk, boy, these would have plenty of stories to tell! Originally built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV before serving as a military hospital during the First World War, the Pavilion has been fully restored to its former beauty and boasts a wealth of pure luxury. Step inside and bask in the city's rich history.
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Brighton Open Air Theatre
Pack a picnic and take in a show at the Open Air Theatre. Sunken into the green landscape of Dyke Road Park, this little oasis of culture is just 5 minutes away from the bustle of the city. From drag performances to Shakespeare, standup comedy to live jazz music, there's something for everyone to enjoy whilst soaking up some summer sun.
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The name says it all with this one! Push your way through the infamous pink turnstiles and feast your eyes on the abundance of curiosities. Between the vintage signs, old photograph negatives and retro clothing- there's something interesting crammed into every corner of this place. You'll need to dedicate at least an hour to rummaging through their treasures.
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What is a trip to the seaside without actually going to the beach? Grab yourself some fresh doughnuts from the promenade and perch yourself along the pebbled shoreline- it's a fabulous spot for people watching, and you might be lucky enough to catch the beautiful starling murmurations.
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Brighton Beach House
Part of the Soho House family, this is the pinnacle of seaside luxury. A contemporary ode to the city's unique atmosphere and history, this clubhouse offers all-around sea views, mosaic floors, and an outdoor pool designed by David Shrigley in the shape of a ripe banana. Eat, drink, relax, and soak up the lavish experience.