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Grand recommendations: Your itinerary for a summer by the sea, without the crowds

 

There's no better way to experience the city by the sea than with a long glorious weekend in the sun.

 

But, we know what you're thinking - crowded seafront bars of holidaymakers who've flocked to the seafront? Brighton and Hove is undoubtedly a popular summer destination city, but a late summer stay can still feel like an intimate seaside getaway if you know where to go.

 

With this in mind, we've spoken to our Concierge team to share with you our secrets to the city. Explore our full two night itinerary below of where to explore, what to eat and things to do during the day and night that will give you the best of summer by the sea without any of the crowds! 

 

Day one 

Afternoon
Check in with us at 3pm and we’ll take your bags straight to your room! 

After checking in, a mid-week or Friday afternoon is the perfect time to explore the iconically independent North Laine shops where you'll be able to take advantage of browsing boutiques without the weekend rush.

 

Dinner

We’ll make sure you dine somewhere fabulous on your first evening in the city by the sea, and can help to reserve tables at your choice of restaurant in advance of your stay.

 

If you’re stuck for where to start we heartily recommend our very own 2AA Rosette seafood restaurant, GB1. As we do get busy at peak times, the best way to experience the restaurant is with an early evening sitting which can be booked online or in the hotel. 

 

Alternatively we'd also recommend checking out two sea-facing restaurants located right by the shore, Murmur and the Copper Clam - both purveyors of locally sourced produce and offer spacious interiors away from the hustle and bustle of town. 

 

Early evening

Hop on a vertical flight on the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower and watch the city transform from day to night over sunset. 

 

Night

End your evening at the Gin Tub bar in Hove. Not only do they offer a wide variety of spirits, tonics and gin-based cocktails but the venue has a speakeasy vibe, enhanced by the added novelty of vintage phones set at every table which you can place your order through to the bar. The Gin Tub is also conveniently located just a 10-minute walk away from the hotel where you can head back for a final night cap at the Victoria Bar.

 

 

Day two 

Breakfast

Make the most of room service or wander down for breakfast anytime from 8am on Sundays, and 7am every other day of the week. It's best to get down early to beat the crowds! 

Looking for something on the go? We’re a short walk from local seafront cafe, The Flour Pot Bakery, for artisan pastries and coffee to take out on your day of exploration.

 

Mid-morning 

Escape the crowds at the beach, and hop on a bus or travel by car to nearby Seven Sisters Country Park for a calm meander along the river valley which leads down to a gloriously spacious beach compared to the one in the city.

 

Fancy a proper hike? The infamous Beachy Head, known as the location setting for iconic films Quodrophenia and Brighton Rock, is just 10 minutes further down the coast, and gives way to stunning views of the south coast's white cliffs.

 

Lunch

Head back into town and grab a lunch of organic small plates and wines at Plateau, a bistro located opposite the town hall. A early afternoon spot will guarantee a more intimate crowd at this popular restaurant and if lucky, you'll be able to grab one of the tables outdoors to enjoy food out in the sun. 

 

Afternoon 

Follow up lunch with a live jazz performance at the Paris House along Western Road. The French-styled cafe and bar on the Brighton and Hove border will make you feel like you've stepped back in time to the era of swing with its seven jazz sessions a week. 

 

Dinner

Discover a new part of the city in Kemptown, known for being a Brighton hotspot for bars and nightlife. At the top of Kemptown hill you'll find the Curry Leaf Cafe, a spaciously laid back restaurant offering up South Indian cuisine - popular with locals and little known among tourists! 

 

Night

End the evening with some knock-out cocktails back at Victoria Bar or continue the night in Kemptown at The Plotting Parlour. Located in a hidden nook just off the bottom of St James' Street, this is one of Brighton's best kept secrets.

A herbacious Negroni or a classic Margarita with a chilli twist? Yes please! And trust us, you'll want to take a photo of these cocktails.

 

Day three   

Morning

Wake up, lie in and make the most of your hotel room before check out at 11am. You can leave your bags with us and pick them up anytime later in the day to make the most of an extended couple of days by the coast. 

 

Brunch

Enjoy brunch in The Grand's Victoria Terrace. From the hearty to the super healthy, enjoy a selection of dishes from a classic eggs Benedict to a vegan avocado sourdough paired with your choice of fizz, mocktails or breakfast smoothies.

 

There you have it, a whole two nights and three day itinerary with all the secrets you need to skip the seaside crowds!

 

Planning a trip to Brighton? Explore late summer availability for stays at The Grand Brighton here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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