| By Joe Morgan
Summer is coming, and many British people are packing their bags to head to the seaside.
And for LGBTI Brits, the best option is going down south to Brighton.
Not only is it known as the gay capital of Europe, it is a great place for a weekend away.
It’s open-minded, relaxed, and just a little bit eccentric.
Take a look at what is quite possibly the perfect gay weekend in Brighton.
Most weekenders in Brighton arrive by train, and are immediately greeted by the beautiful Victorian railway station. Say goodbye to stress.
2) Stay at the Ibis Hotel
We’ve stayed in Brighton plenty of times, and nothing beats the Ibis for somewhere simple, cheap but contemporary to lay your head for the night.
3) Break your fast at The New Club
So our choice is The New Club. Not only can you drink bacon vodka early in the morning, but there are also stunning views of the sea.
4) Catch up on the local news
The Argus is legendary for some of the best headlines in local news. See what Brighton is really about with what’s in print.
5) Time to go shopping
Unlike most cities swallowed up by big name brands, you can still find independent, incredibly interesting shops in the North Laines and Lanes.
6) Get something naughty…
If you’re in Brighton for the liberally-minded attitude to sex, you should head to the Taboo Sex Shop. It has even won awards for its plethora of toys.
7) Grab a proper chippie
You’re by the seaside, so you’re going to need to sample some nice fresh fish and proper handcut chips.
The Regency, one of the oldest and most popular seafront restaurants, is a good choice.
8) Lick a quirky ice cream
Boho Gelato is a traditional Italian ice cream parlour, but with a twist. It has a daily choice of at least 24 flavors, and has more in the summer.
Tastes to enjoy range from Vanilla to Violet, Mango to Mojito and Apple to Avocado.
9) See the seaside
Brighton’s crowning joy, the seaside is five miles of pebbled goodness. While you could grab a bottle of wine or beer from the nearby shops and relax, there’s plenty of water sport activities.
There is also the famous pier. Go into the arcade or even take a trip on the Brighton Wheel.
10) Go party
Time to get ready to go out. Most of the venues, but not all, are in the St James’s Street and the seafront areas east of Brighton Pier.
Popular choices include Legends (which has hotel rooms if you get lucky), Revenge and Charles Street.
Also, try and make sure you’re around for 2 August – Brighton Pride.
11) But do I have to go gay clubbing?
This is Brighton, it’s one of the most safest places for LGBTI people in the UK. You’re going to be ok anywhere, really.
If you want to avoid the typical gay crowd, you can see a show at Komedia or rave at Audio.
12) Wake up bleary eyed, grab something healthy
Again, various options for breakfast are available. But Wai Kika Moo Kau is great as it has an all-day vegan option.
13) Meet the locals
Brighton is home to some…well, interesting people. And most are incredibly lovely people, and don’t mind a chat.
14) Indulge in veg
Quite possibly the finest vegetarian cuisine in the country, Terre á Terre is fresh food taken seriously.
15) Now indulge in something far less healthier…
Choccywoccydoodah is headed up by a dedicated team of artists, designers and chocolatiers who specialize in creating the best in confectionary.
From bespoke cakes to unique gifts, you might leave a little fatter but a lot happier.
16) See something famous
But what would a trip to Brighton be without a trip to the Royal Pavilion? Built for what would be King George IV, it is a remarkable building inside and out.
Most importantly, the best part of Brighton is that you can relax. Lounge on the beach, take a walk around the shops and chill.
There’s no way to take in everything Brighton has to offer in a weekend, so make sure you enjoy and appreciate what you get to do. You’ll soon be coming back…