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Keep Exploring: Brighton

13th August 2020

Coming to a new city is super exciting, but it can also be nerve wracking – so many questions:

Where are the good music venues? Where can I grab lunch? Where can I have a good night out?

Ask no further, I am here to tell you where you can go to have a great Brighton experience!

I have just completed my 3rd year of Songwriting at BIMM and have had such an amazing experience, much of which is to do with the city I have chosen to study in. I have fallen in love with Brighton and have decided to stay here post-BIMM. There are so many cool places and people to meet.

As we are still coming out of lockdown measures, some of these places and events aren’t currently open or taking place. But so many of them are now reopening and the Brighton buzz is coming back!

Things to See

Brighton is such a beautiful city with lots to do.

I recommend taking advantage of the beach, I discovered swimming in the sea very late in my 3rd year and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it sooner. Go swimming!

I love days out, If you’re feeling like you need some fresh air, pack some food and water, rent a Brighton bike (go to the app Social Bicycle). Cycle all the way along the sea front to Saltdean along the path and put your bikes on hold for an hour to sit on the beautiful Saltdean beach.

Brighton has loads of great events, I always enjoy: Brighton Fringe, Spiegel Tent and of course The Great Escape Festival (don’t forget to volunteer), which were greatly missed this year, but they will be worth the wait!

Places to Eat

Brighton is amazing for food, it caters for everyone – from vegans to meat lovers, Brighton’s got it

all.

Food hot spots –

The North Laine’s & South Lanes. These are the areas where you will find the most restaurants, most of which are reasonably priced, such as:

  • The newly opened The Vurger Co., a vegan burger place (I recommend the Biscoff Milkshake)
  • For a quick but hearty meal, try Tortilla for a burrito
  • Pizza? Head to Purezza or Franco Manca
  • Balcony Cafe/Kenny’s Rock and Soul Cafe for a very filling breakfast – The Trading Post if you’re just feeling posh!

A Perfect Night Out

If you fancy some live music (once gigs start again of course) Head down to The Hope and Ruin, who do a mix of free gigs downstairs and ticketed events, you will undoubtedly see a lot of your mates gig there throughout your time at BIMM and hopefully get to play there yourself.

More gigging venues include:

  • Green Door Store
  • The Prince Albert
  • The Western
  • The Brunswick

If you looking for an open mic you will want to head down to The Brunswick to test out your new tunes and get in some good performance practice.

Once the gig is over, you can end your night there or head to the next spot. There are countless great going out places, whether you want a little boogie, or a chilled out pub setting.

Top picks for dancing:

  • East Street Tap
  • Green Door Store 80’s Night (Saturday’s)

Where to Shop

If you’re looking for vintage you picked the right city.

Head to the North Laine’s to find:

  • Waiste Vintage
  • Dirty Harry
  • Beyond Retro
  • To Be Worn Again

If you’re feeling something a bit more high street or commercial, there’s Churchill Square

Shopping Centre with everything from Topshop to Urban Outfitters.

Have a walk around, get lost and find your own favourite places.

Author

Francesca Stanley

Frankie is one of the lead singers of double female fronted band, SLANT. She Graduated from BIMM Brighton in 2020.