The colorful city by the sea

(Trip organised through my work at VisitBritain)

Sorry peeps, I am not quite done talking about the trip I had with the three Scandinavian influencers yet! Need to update you on our second day trip out of London, to the beautiful city by the sea known as Brighton. It is said to be a favorite among Londoners, seeing as it is only one hour away with direct train from Victoria Station. Easy peasy to get too and so cozy!

When we arrived there was a short walk into the city centre, and already after two, three minutes we found ourselves surrounded by such beautiful, colorful houses. We walked down North Laine, a bohemian shopping area with small shops, vintage stores, cute cafés, bars and entertainment venues. The whole vibe was just awesome!

Photo: Emilia Wallin

Photo: Emilia Wallin

A little glitter and color to match the city

A little glitter and color to match the city

Welcoming little fella

Welcoming little fella

We stopped by the best store:  Photomatic  /Milana, Emilie, Emilia and me

We stopped by the best store: Photomatic /Milana, Emilie, Emilia and me

Spring vibe

Spring vibe

A little behind the scenes in the windy city

A little behind the scenes in the windy city

Brunch at The Trading Post
Next up was brunch at The Trading Post. The place was packed and easy to undertand why! Luckily we got a table after a little while and out of all the delicious food I ate vegan waffles with vegan Nutella and drank freshly pressed orange juice. S.o d.a.m.n g.o.o.d! Any one else obsessed with brunch? All time favorite meal of the day if you ask me.

Whoever said vegan food is boring lied!

Whoever said vegan food is boring lied!

Banana bread, avocado toast, pancakes and oatmeal! So delicious

Banana bread, avocado toast, pancakes and oatmeal! So delicious

In love with this glitter top from Carlings

In love with this glitter top from Carlings

Brighton Palace Pier
After brunch it was time find the sea and we headed towards Brighton Palace Pier. Already after a few minutes you could smell it and the sound of sea gulls made it extra cozy! Sadly the wind that day was beyond anything I have ever experienced before, so walking by the water was out of question, seeing as we almost blew away! But we got some pictures before seeking shelter at The Royal Pavilion.

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Click, click, click

Click, click, click

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The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is a beautiful place, located in the middle of the city centre. It was built in the early 1800s as a seaside resort for the Prince of Wales, who later became George IV, with a indian inspired architecture and asian inspired interior. Later it was passed on to Queen Victoria, but only a short while, seeing as she disliked Brighton and the lack of privacy at the Pavilion, so she sold it to the town in 1850.

We got a guided tour through the Pavilion and it was very interesting to learn more about the history of the place. In addition there was a hat-exhibition by hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones, showing hats worn by celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Diana, Princess of Wales and also those made in collaboration with the world’s best fashion designers, including Dior, Thom Browne, Giles Deacon and Comme des Garçons. Very special, yet very cool.

The Pavilion from the outside /Photo: Emilia Wallin

The Pavilion from the outside /Photo: Emilia Wallin

The hat-exhibition by hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones

The hat-exhibition by hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones

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Vintage style by Dior

Vintage style by Dior

Pretty over the top interior!

Pretty over the top interior!

British Airways i360
Next stop was the British Airways i360, a giant glass viewing pod that glides up to 450ft in the air. As we arrived they welcomed us with an old Danish song to make us feel welcome, and we got a glass of bubbles from the bar, so nice of them and Emilie (from Denmark) luckily recognised the song, hihi!

Then up we went. I am terrible afraid of hights and the strong wind made me nervous, but I tried to ignore it and simply enjoy the view. It was beautiful to see the coastline stretching away to the horizon, and during our 20 minutes in the pod we had both sun and rain, creating a big rainbow. So magical! And we could also see all the way over to the Seven Sister Cliffs. A place on my bucket list, so that was pretty awesome.

So high up!

So high up!

The view though! Emilie in action - for a good reason

The view though! Emilie in action - for a good reason

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The Ivy in the Lanes
After a long day and fighting our way through a very windy city, we jumped into a cab and headed over to The Ivy in the Lanes, a beautiful restaurant that was kind enough to invite us for dinner. The entrance and the interior of the place, WOW. Simply WOW! Even the toilet was super stylish!

We got some champagne and I got to taste a salted caramel espresso martini! I am not a huge fan of drinks, but this was just too good to be missed! We enjoyed a three course meal and it was all very good. I had vegetarian options, and no disappointment there. A must go to whenever in Brighton!

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Decisions decisions

Decisions decisions

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini - need I say more?

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini - need I say more?

Tossed Asian salad of beansprouts, pak choi, watermelon, broccoli, cashew nuts and sesame with hoisin sauce (Vegan)

Tossed Asian salad of beansprouts, pak choi, watermelon, broccoli, cashew nuts and sesame with hoisin sauce (Vegan)

Sweet potato keralan curry chickpeas, broccoli and coconut served with rice on the side (Vegan)

Sweet potato keralan curry chickpeas, broccoli and coconut served with rice on the side (Vegan)

And for dessert I had a cappuccino cake; a warm chocolate cake with milk mousse and coffee sauce. Aaaaah, best dinner ever! Kinda rolled out of the place at the end of the night with a slight stomach pain due to overeating!

Emilia and me <3

Emilia and me <3

That was it, a long, but lovely day in Brighton. Hopefully I will go back one day with Johan! Preferably during summer so we can walk by the pier and maybe also visit the Seven Sisters Cliffs.

Lots of love from Henriette Sophia