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© 2020 Ola Johnson.



For this post I decided to do something a little different and talk you through why I love Brighton so much and how this beautiful, sea side city has become my home.

I am yet to meet a person who has come to visit Brighton and has not fallen in love almost instantly.

When it came to choosing a University I wanted to go to, Brighton was on top of my list since I first visited the place at 16 years old. Although in all honestly I felt that London Universities had a lot more offer, I LOVED the idea of living in Brighton.

I have always moved around but after 7 years of living here, I am delighted to call Brighton my home.


Although being a city, Brighton is one of the most ‘ chilled out’ places you can visit. There isn’t that constant rush that you can find in order major cities in the UK. In fact, as soon as the sun comes out, the whole population of the city ( and everyone visiting ) heads down to the beach and stays there until the sun comes down. In other words, the night clubs open.


This place is FAMOUS for its crazy night life. The sea front clubs are buzzing every single night and don’t close until the sun rises again. The locals however, are less likely to head to the sea front, or the very drunk West Street , but instead make their way to some of the beautiful cocktails bars in the lanes. There are also hundreds of lovely pubs to choose from, fro live music, to delicious foods ( some even specialising in Vegan Food ), to giant heated beer gardens with locally sourced beers. My personal favourite place to go for a drink his Bar Valentino, situated in the heart of town, right next to The Royal Theatre, its cosy balcony overlooking the Pavillion is the perfect place to people watch.


You can walk pretty much anywhere. It takes about an hour and a half to walk from one end of Kemp town to the other end of Hove, which in perspective is really not long at all. The bus connections are fantastic, not to mention the prices of them are less then half of London travel prices. 20 minute train journey to Gatwick airport, means travelling abroad has never been easier, and the commute to London, takes just under an hour. Which is quicker than travelling across London itself.


The city is saturated with beautiful, trendy and swanky coffee shops. If you didn’t know this about me ( which I’m sure you did!) I LIVE FOR COFFEE. There are new places popping up every week and I don’t think I will ever be able to visit all of them. One of my favourite cafes in Brighton is My Coffee Story located on ST James Street in Kemp Town. You can drink your coffee… wait for this ON A SWING! They has gorgeous indoor swings.


As the gay capital of the UK, this place is extremely tolerant to EVERYBODY. You can be whoever you want to be without being judged. A granny cycling around on a pink bike, with her face covered in glitter? Oh, that’s just another day in Btown.


There is always something to do. Alongside the long list of festivals, there are museums, a shopping centre, the lanes, gorgeous parks, free events, talks, meet ups and obviously the beach. There is something new to do every day, so you won’t find yourself getting bored. One of my favourite entertainments in Brighton are ‘ The Lady Boys of Bangkok ‘ and Karter Comedy Club at Komedia.

I really hope you have enjoyed this. Let me know if you would like me to do more of these kind of blog posts.