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5 Things I Can’t Wait to Reopen in Brighton

7th April 2021

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One way we’re here for you during your time with us is by providing supportive Mentors who know what it’s like to be at BIMM. Like all our Mentors, Olivia Judd is here to offer a friendly face and help you as you transition into BIMM life. Here, she tells us five places she can’t wait to go to in Brighton, once restrictions are eased. 

With the end of lockdown nearly in sight, I think we can permit ourselves to get excited about all the fun things we’re going to do once we’re vaccinated and safely out of the pandemic. These are things that we have all missed so dearly over this past year.

So, without further ado, here are five things that I can’t wait to reopen in Brighton once lockdown is over…

1) Trading Post (Kensington Gardens)

Trading Post is a coffee shop on Kensington Gardens, in the heart of Brighton’s North Laines. “But it’s just a coffee shop,” I hear you say. Whilst this may be true, this particular coffee shop is not quite like the others… It has a ROOFTOP TERRACE!

There is something magical about being able to sit on a rooftop and cast your eyes over the city whilst sipping an oat milk cappuccino. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, they also serve a mean espresso martini, which is positively wonderful.

2) The Hope and Ruin

The Hope and Ruin is undoubtedly very high on my list of priorities when lockdown lifts. Not only do they serve pints galore, but their food menu is gnarly. 100% plant-based and 100% delicious, the Hope offers some of the best vegan junk food around. Not even mentioning their music venue upstairs (which is amazing!)

3) Good Companions

Located just off of Seven Dials, Good Companions is one of my favourite pubs in Brighton, primarily because of its outdoor seating (are you spotting a theme here?). For me, very few things beat sitting in the sun and having a pint with your nearest and dearest, and Good Companions is perfect for just that.

4) The Komedia

I love a good film as much as anyone, and I will always make an effort to try to see the latest blockbuster at the Komedia in the North Laines. With discounted student memberships and sofa seats in their theatres, the Komedia is the perfect, low-key cinema to enjoy a movie.

5) The Feminist Bookshop (48 Upper North Street)

If you love books about, and written by women, and you adore coffee and vegan pastries, the Feminist Bookshop is the perfect little spot for you. The Feminist Bookshop supports self-identifying female and non-binary writers and hosts events with writers, poets, musicians, guest speakers, and many more.

So, whether you want to grab a flat white and a croissant and head downstairs to their reading room to get lost in some literature or attend a live poetry reading, you will fall in love with this charming, independent bookshop!

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Matt Leppier

Matt Leppier is one of BIMM's newest marketing recruits. Alongside this, he works for Off Licence Magazine as a music editor, writer and photographer, as well as hosting several radio shows on Balamii and Platform B. You can usually find him DJing for hip-hop acts around the UK.