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by Diane (subscribe)
A french foodie in London, enjoying the food, the people and even the weather - most of the time... I love sharing recipes on my blog www.travelsaroundmykitchen.com
Published June 16th 2013
Loose your shirt in Brighton
Seeking the fun of the seaside? Brighton is only 1 hour away by train from Victoria and boasts a busy seafront, many restaurants and art galleries, and plenty of lovely shops and old pubs in the 'lanes'.

From the 6th to the 15th of September do not miss the Brighton and Hove food festival and visit Jeff Koons (until the 8th of September) at the Brighton Museum near the iconic Royal Pavilion. These are only a few of the many cultural events planned but you will find many more on the Visit Brighton website or on the eponymous app'!

As you step out of the train from Victoria, you can admire the magnificent Victorian structure of the station and you find yourself right in the heart of town. A short stroll will take you through the medieval "lanes" where you can browse the windows for vintage jewellery and trendy design gadgets as well as sample the many excellent places to eat. On the seafront, there are plenty of cafés and beach huts offering oysters to nibble on but if you want to sit, Riddle and Fins, 139 Kings Rd Arches, serve champagne and oysters with a seaview and the restaurant of the Grand has delicious fish and a nice wine list. Jamie Oliver is there as well with Recipease ( 72-73 Western rd ) for breakfast, snacks or cookery classes.

For fans of the film Quadrophenia, there are tours that will take you through the most memorable locations and bring to life again the quirky charm of the swinging sixties. If your scene is more indulgence than nostalgia, book a massage in the new Spa of the Grand; Choose Dance with me or Shine inside out. Tel 01273224313.

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Is that your shirt?!


Amongst the many art galleries, Phoenix Brighton is a must see for its contemporary art exhibitions and courses. Check out the Digital Art on show in September 2013.

For a nice cup of tea before you start your return journey, visit the Theatre Royal where cakes are served in The Parlour. Then come back to London inspired and energised by the sea air.
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Why? To escape to the seaside
When: All summer and more
Where: Brighton
Cost: Less than £25 for a return ticket from Victoria
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