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Staying in Brighton – the West Pier at dusk

A flock of Starlings over Brighton’s iconic West Pier at dusk.

Brighton is one of the most colourful and vibrant cities in Europe. It is a fun, bohemian and compact tourist destination that attracts around 8 million visitors a year. It’s located on the South Coast of the United Kingdom, about 50 minutes by train from London. Brighton has always been a place of fun which definitely has an alternative vibe. It also has a great beachfront, history and fantastic restaurants, including many healthy and vegetarian restaurants.

Brighton is particularly popular among the artistic crowd, and several theatrical events and festivals are held there throughout the yearly calendar. This is a photo I took one Autumn dusk of the iconic West Pier. The derelict West Pier first opened in 1866, but since closing in 1975 has been the victim of several fires and decay from the elements. Hopes to restore the pier to its former glory have all but faded after Heritage Lottery Funding was withdrawn.

Thinking of staying in Brighton?

There are many fabulous things to do when you stay in Brighton, west of all is the roaming 1930s track conveying antique model prepares for a winding ride around the exhibition hall. Brighton Pier is also a travelling place in Brighton to visit. It’s the gleaming glossy one – not the grungy wore out dock toward the west! Brighton Pier is as yet the place for shot-in-the-arm oceanside fun. You can without much of a stretch waste an evening playing the openings, riding the dodgems and jeering excessively candyfloss. A current expansion is the vertigo-instigating Air Racer, in light of an Orlando demonstrate, with a milder children’s rendition called Leonardo. The dock is likewise authorized for relational unions. There are many fantastic boutique hotels in Brighton where you can book and stay. The Artist Residence is easily one of Brighton’s most stylish hotels which have come a long way since its inception seven years back. No longer haphazardly grungy, this 23-bedroom establishment has quirkily individual rooms, a hip cocktail bar and two highly regarded restaurants. Wonderfully stylish, this hotel exudes character. The look is cool private club meets East Village boho – with reclaimed furniture, exposed brickwork, densely pigmented colour schemes and a fabulous collection of paintings and prints by contemporary artists – wonderful!

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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