Hello and welcome to my Brighton post-lockdown social distance-friendly survival guide! If like me, you’ve been feeling uncertain of what to do once Brighton starts to open up again, I hope this post will come in handy.
We’re now allowed to roam the streets more freely, shops are slowly opening up their doors, and pubs are starting to come back to life. I know returning to “normal” may still seem a long way off for us all but I’m not writing off 2020 so easily. Instead, adventure awaits! Now’s the perfect time to rediscover unfamiliar neighbourhoods, look up and admire hidden architectural details, seek out the independent shops that need our support, follow street art trails. The city is our oyster!
Hopefully you’ll find a way to bookmark this post and refer to it when you need. And, it goes without saying that you should wear a mask, travelling with hand-sanitiser and stay safe and alert! Happy socially distant adventuring!
Appreciate Brighton and Hove as an open-air Playground
Discover the ‘Notting Hill of Brighton’, one of the most beautiful areas in the city for its whitewashed Regency-era homes
Stumble on a secret museum of curiosities in a shop window
Seek out Brighton’s famous twittens and alleyways with this guide to the city’s hidden streets
Take yourself on an artist date to Brighton’s tiniest art gallery in an old red London phone box
Go on a treasure hunt for ghost signs around the city
Find my secret Brighton garden where you’ll find a miniature pet graveyard
Lunchtime walk ideas: A different hidden city treasure to discover every day for a week
Discover remnants of Brighton’s perilous floating railway that once ran through the sea
Can’t take the summer crowds? Here’s a handy guide on how to get away from everyone!
Support local shops and small businesses
Enjoy a socially distanced movie date night from 10 July at Brighton’s vintage cinema, the oldest in the country
Shop for sustainable fashion at Preloved
Discover a hidden emporium of kitsch – incredible tableware, colourful bags, Indian trinkets, Mexican loteria cards, cards and nostalgic match boxes at Blackout Shop in the North Laine Bazaar area
Diplock’s Yard flea market in the North Laine has reopened for snooping
Stock up on foliage at this miniature plant shop hiding inside a vintage clothes store
Calm your nerves at this hidden herbalist in the Open Market, a treasure trove of magic potions
Love Middle Eastern design? Head to Yashar Bish, an emporium of incredible handmade kilim rugs and cushion covers
Pop into cute corner shop by the sea, the Tidy Street General Store, open most days and occasionally by appointment
Explore the city’s cabinet of curiosities when it reopens in July
Sleek Brighton design store, Dowse, is open a few days each week for your boutique shopping fix
Our fave Kemptown pub, Busby and Wilds in Kemptown with the prettiest terrace is opening for weekends from 5pm each Friday from 24 July and will be serving roasts!
Grab some picnic food and head to Blaker’s Park where local pub The Cleveland is serving takeaway drinks
The Roundhill has been open for a week for drinks and is the pub is now taking reservations as it gears up to serving Sunday roasts again from 4 July
Head to The Hatch at The Jolly Brewer Beer House for weekend beers and pizza
Treat yourself to one – or several – of these Instagrammable cakes baked in Brighton by the Frida Kahlo of home baking
Pick up a delicious Ottolenghi-inspired lunch at this cosy neighbourhood gem in Fiveways, or the legendary Brighton falafel house, Smorl’s, in the Open Market, where you’ll find lots of other little shops open for things like fruit and vegetables, eggs, Greek food, honey, refills etc
Pay a visit to authentic French bakery, the Real Patisserie for a delicious pastries, quiches and sandwiches, also serving coffee
Order your favourite luxury chocolates online from Audrey’s, the city’s 1960s time-capsule sweet shop hidden up a Hove side street, which also makes chocolates also for legendary London food emporium, Fortnums…
Indulge at Roly’s on Kensington Gardens. Its mouthwatering handmade crumbly Devon fudge is too good to resist
Grab a wholesome vegan budda bowl to go from the Real Junk Food Project’s new café on Gardner Street, available from 1pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Friday night wouldn’t be right without a fish and chip supper from the oldest chippy in the city, Bardsley’s, open for takeaway and delivery
Pretend you’re on holiday
Go camping in a spacious secret Sussex wild meadow – perfect for social distancing
Hideout in an ‘AirShip’ surrounded by private Sussex woodland
Bookmark these five Sussex secrets to discover this summer, some of which don’t have the green light to re-open yet, but are worth bearing in mind
Check in to this floating home near Brighton
Take a walk through a magical ancient forest of yew trees
Escape to Thorney Island in Chichester Harbour with its secret sandy beach
That’s all for now readers! I’ll update this list as more restrictions end… In the meantime, if you’d like any advice from the Ellie & Co investigative team, please get in touch with our secret concierge at email@example.com any time!