Cape Town – As January ends, many people will be thinking of what to do with their special someone on Valentine’s day.
If you're thinking of being in England on the romantic holiday but the sun isn’t shining (because it is winter, there after all) then I’ve got an idea: go to Brighton.
If you fly in through London Gatwick Airport, it’s just an hour’s scenic train travel away and it has lots to do in the cold weather.
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Here are 5 romantic things to do in Brighton when the sun isn’t shining:
1. See the lights on the pier
Brighton Palace Pier is not just place to watch the icy ocean crash and meet the shore. It has roller coasters, carousels and other attractions including concessions where you can win a stuffed animal or buy something warm to eat; a lot of which (not all) are under cover. When the sun sets the popular pier is a sight to behold with bright lights and people watching opportunities galore.
2. Enjoy a romantic dinner
In this seaside town there are plenty of eateries to suit your palate and wallet. I ate at the simple and tasty West Beach Bar & Kitchen at the i360 , and slightly more upmarket Salt Room in the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel. My personal favourite was West Beach Bar & Kitchen because the fish and chips (including mushy peas) was exactly what I imagined the classic English dish would look and taste like.
3. Grab a drink or two
My favourite place to sink a few pints was the Black Dove because of its laid back and warm atmosphere. It has quiet corners to chat or cuddle in and it has lots of events in its basement, including comedy, drawing classes and live music shows. If that’s not up your alley then all you and your date need to do is take a five-minute walk and you’re guaranteed to find another pub, which is one of my favourite things about England: there’s always another pub around the corner.
4. See things from a whole new perspective
British Airways’ i360 tower – which is the world’s tallest moving observation tower - is the perfect place to take your relationship to the next level. Grab two tickets and glide smoothly up into the darkened winter skies where you’ll get 360-degree views of Brighton while enjoying some champagne or a coffee.
5. End with something sweet
If you’re looking to end your romantic weekend (or day trip) on a sweet note, then ask for Rock. But don’t get confused I’m not talking about the music genre but a type of hard candy which is often known by its place of origin, usually Blackpool rock or Brighton Rock. It is most typically flavoured with peppermint or spearmint and you can find it in most tourist shops in the beautiful town of Brighton.
*Disclaimer: Channel24 Content Producer Alex Isaacs was hosted by British Airways for the duration of her trip to London, this included flights and hotel accommodation.