Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Day Four-Where to go in Brighton this Christmas!

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well! Tonight I have decided to let you know about four of my favourite places to go to in Brighton. These are all very central and in walking distance of each other. All four are completely independant and Brighton based, which I particularly love, as I feel that you really do get a more unique and special experience than when you visit one of the bigger, nationwide brands.

First up is Upper Gardener Street Market in the North Laines. Held every Saturday on Upper Gardener Street (ironically!), you are welcomed with the smells of wonderfully fresh and locally produced food. As you follow the market along, furniture, music, cards, bric a brac and clothes line the streets, all for bargain prices. You can also venture off this down into the Brighton Flea Market  which is located on the right just after entering the street and passing the food stalls. Here it all is in its earlier days!

Follow the market to the end and turn right down the hill, in a few metres on your left will be Sydney Street. This street is full of vintage shops, including the wonderful Hope and Harlequin, which has the most beautiful dresses in! At the bottom of Sydney Street you will meet Trafalger Street, the location of Tramp Vintage which is just on your left up the hill slightly! Tramp contains so so many amazing dresses, it is a dream! It really is somewhere to go if you are looking for something extra special, and everyone who works there is so helpful in working with you to find the ultimate party dress!

Now over to the South Lanes. Over on Prince Albert Street (past two amazing bars, The Mesmerist and the Black Lion) is the wonderful design shop, The Lollipop Shoppe. Full of design classics and remarkably reasonably priced, this really is the perfect shop to find that extra special gift for someone this Christmas. There is a range of items from beautiful notepads under £10 to very stylish pieces with a few more zeroes on the pricetag. I have always been made to feel very welcome and comfortable to look around. They also have a really great website, that also offers FREE UK Delivery! I love it!

My final recommendation is a beauty boutique just up the road on Duke Street, Powder Beauty. Just nextdoor to The Victory Inn, they offer every beauty treatment you could imagine and some great creative treats to, such as Louboutin Nails! On the 22nd they have a pop up hair parlour from 1pm...check it out on their Facebook page here or look at their website here! A completely independent company too, creating a wonderful atmosphere and great service every time.

These are just a few of the amazing shops I have found so far on my explorations around Brighton, I am sure there will be so many more in a couple more months! Do you have any particular places you always go to in Brighton? I haven't included some of the more obvious places that are on the main routes, such as Komedia or Snoopers Paradise, but they are well worth a visit! I love nothing more than visiting a city and knowing some of the more 'off the beaten track' places, it gives a much more accurate impression of the city and what it is about. I would absolutely love to hear of any more though!

I hope you enjoyed tonights post, and I will get thinking of what to write tomorrow!

Lots of love,

Hannah xxx