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Regency Square, Brighton

westpierBrighton - the south coast alternative and happening beach town and possibly my favourite place to be in the UK. 'The most popular UK seaside destination for overseas tourists' it has been announced this year.

Regency Square - looking out to sea and the dramatic backdrop of a crumbling and beloved West Pier, and in the centre of it all. Within a short stroll of the main shops at Churchill Square, walkable from the station and the Lanes, close to many restaurants and resident to 2 of the funkiest hotels that Brighton has to offer - and their bars. The square considerately has some grassland in its centre with a carpark beneath.

Also Regency Square is soon to be looking out on the new attraction that Brighton is summoning up out of the sea - The Brighton i360. This 'vertical pier', designed by the same team of architects as the London Eye, will be a pod on a stick that will rise to 138 metres, allowing visitors to move around the pod to make the most of the 360 degree views. Its expected to open in the summer of 2016.

Hotel Pelirocco

It's out there! The Pelirocco has an edge, a bit of comedy, plus charm and warmth that has made me a repeat visitor to this hotel. They showcase such a wacky array of wallpaper and wall art that never fails to impress, plus rooms with iconic music themes. I have seen the same cheery staff over the last 3 years and feel quite at home. The bar has events on so check their schedule if you want to join in. Dinner or karaoke can be arranged. We went Punk in the Pretty Vacant room this time - a triple, but with extra bed to fit our family.

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Artist Residence Brighton

With raw brickwork and wood alongside quirky touches like the Penguin book-covered door, and its popular Cocktail Shack, this hotel is looking mighty fine. Upstairs there are a choice of the more classic House rooms or a selection of artwork rooms to make your eyes pop. Downstairs you will find a couple of innovative family rooms with bunks that emerge from the wall, and a table tennis table.

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Both are fun, and have the spirit of Brighton oozing out of their Grade II listed facades. Click the title links to go to their listings on QuirkyAccom for more information, images and to get in touch.

 

 

Things not to be missed nearby -

pianoThe Laser Zone had the kids and adults totally fixated. I was the least keen after getting the lowest score and being beatten by a 4 year old.

Generally hanging out on the beach and the Lanes taking a look a quirky little stalls and shops.

The piano at Brighton Station is fab. This guy was amazing!

Pop in for an atmospheric cuppa with Tom at Talk of Tea, Spring Street.

Go to Bills for lunch or check out the delicious food at Street Diner on a Friday lunchtime at Queens Road. Especially look for Sultans Delights (tasty, healthy Middle Eastern food) there and say hello to Ozzie.

 

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