Easily accessible from London, Brighton is the quintessential beach escape. It may have been heavily gentrified but there are still enough reminders of the classic British seaside – think penny slot machines and a tempting vinegary whiff of fish and chips in the sea air – for a nostalgia fix. Amble around The Lanes, popping your head into colourful shops selling quirky antiques and unique jewellery. Try to win a teddy bear before whizzing down a Helter Skelter and buckling into a dodgem car on the Brighton Pier. Then head to the top of i360 tower, which is even taller than The London Eye, for a seagull’s-eye view of the city and surrounding coastline. If you'd rather stay at sea level, take Volk's Electric Railway: a Victorian train trundling along the seafront.
Si è sicuramente imborghesita ma ci sono ancora ricordi del suo passato da località di mare più tradizionale: le slot machine e un invitante profumo di aceto nell'aria proveniente dai fish and chips.
You can reach Brighton by train from London in around an hour. You can also drive to Brighton in around two and a half hours.