Brighton, on the south coast of England, historically welcomed men wearing trousers rolled up to their knees, knotted handkerchiefs on their heads, eating fish and chips from newspaper. Today, the beach attracts sun-seekers with its colorful deck chairs, and it’s always great fun to tread the boards of the iconic Brighton Palace Pier.
When it gets really hot, take a ride on the Volks Railway or dip your toe in the water. Quaint Dukes Lane is perfect for serious big-name shopping, and vintage fashionistas will think they’re in heaven.
Traditionalists can still dine on fish and chips, either on the beach or in a more upmarket setting, while hipsters, gourmet diners and even tea lovers are well-catered for.
The town of Hove, famous for its colourful beach huts, is a short walk from the city center. Rottingdean, a picture-perfect English village, is a brisk walk past the Brighton Marina in the other direction.