Cool Places: Romantic Brighton

Cool Places: Romantic Brighton

Brighton is a complex mix of kiss-me-quick fun and bohemian style, the original home of the ‘dirty weekend’ and a perfect spot for a romantic weekend away

...And with the help of our friends at www.coolplaces.co.uk, we've come up with a few suggestions of the ultimate places to sleep, eat and see on your amorous weekend break.

Sleep

Brighton -drakes -hotels -425-largeDrakes

In a grand, curvy-fronted Regency mansion with stunning sea views, this is the swankiest address on the Kemptown seafront. The sea-facing Feature Room in this grand Regency mansion is the place we'd choose for a romantic weekend by the sea.

43-44 Marine Parade Brighton BN2 1PE 

Brighton -hotel -pelirocco -hotels -431-largeHotel Pelirocco

Brighton is known more for dirty weekends than romance, and the themed rooms at this funky little townhouse just may be the place. Check out the Diana Dors room - all satiny drapes and boa trims.

9-10 Regency Square Brighton BN1 2FG 

Brighton -hotel -una -hotels -432-largeHotel Una

The individually designed rooms, each named after a different river of the world, are crisp and contemporary, and the large rooms facing the square have generous baths and comfy sofas.

55-56 Regency Square Brighton BN1 2FF 

Eat

Brighton -terre -a -terre -restaurants -gastro -pubs -362-largeTerre A Terre

Brighton's longest established vegetarian restaurant serves inventive meat-free food in a sophisticated fine-dining atmosphere. Indeed it is, er, just the place for a rampant veggie to seduce a died-in-the-wool carnivore.

71 East Street Brighton BN1 1HQ

The -sussex -yeoman -eat -drink -restaurants -gastro -pubs -largeThe Sussex Yeoman

It's not your obvious romantic choice, but the food here is so good, and the vibe so appealing, that we'd recommend it to lovers everywhere - plus its location near the station lends it just the right air of 'illicit liaisons'.

7 Guildford Road Brighton BN1 3LU 

Drink

Brighton -the -basketmakers -arms -bars -pubs -365-largeThe Basketmakers Arms

This is a friendly neighbourhood pub, no more, but its tradition of punters leaving handwritten messages in the tin boxes on the wall makes it the ideal place to conduct a steamy affair.

12 Gloucester Road Brighton BN1 4AD 

Brighton -koba -bars -pubs -341-largeKoba

Sneaking inside feels like rumbling a secret and the owners play up to this by calling the place a members' club - but in practice, everyone's welcome. There is no better venue to drink cocktails in Brighton, and nowhere more discreet to get sozzled with your loved one.

135 Western Road Brighton BN3 4FF 

Proud -cabaret -brighton -eat -drink -clubs -venues -largeProud Cabaret Brighton

Decadence and sex incarnate, Proud's burlesque world of jazz, liquor and raunch will cause a stir in even the most fastidious prude, and is best enjoyed with your partner.

83 St Georges Road Brighton BN2 1EF 

See

Brighton -duke -of -yorks -cinema -category -name -338-largeDuke of York's Cinema

Brighton's much-loved arthouse cinema is the perfect place for a night outa deux, with a cosy vintage interior and balcony bar, and sofas you can cuddle up on while watching re-runs of your favourite movies.

Preston Circus Brighton BN1 4NA

Brighton -cycling -along -the -seafront -beaches -382-largeCycling along the Seafront

An almost unbroken cycle lane runs all the way along the Brighton seafront. In total, it's a glorious, nine-mile ride if you include the Undercliff Walk to Saltdean in the east and the spit road to Shoreham Harbour in the west.

Marine Parade Brighton BN2 1TB 

Brighton -north -laine -walks -399-largeNorth Laine

North Laine is the  living, breathing embodiment of Brighton's independent-minded, bohemian, fun-loving side, it's stuffed with quirky places selling beads, crystals, vinyl records, bonsai trees, hemp products, retro accessories and cutting-edge clothing.

East of Queens Road Brighton 

Small Brighton -royal -pavilion -monuments -402-largeThe Royal Pavilion

The decadent excesses of this multi-domed Oriental-cum-Palladian style palace leaves you in no doubt that it was designed for pleasure. It's the product of the flamboyant imagination of the Prince of Wales, who commissioned it in the 1810s, before he was crowned George IV.

Pavilion Buildings Brighton BN1 1EE

Magazine -cool _places _readyCool Places is a new website devoted to selecting and celebrating the best of UK travel, whether you're booking a last-minute weekend away or looking for ideas for next year's holiday. They cover the UK's best places to stay, from stunningly located campsites to cosy boutique hotels, great gastropubs and restaurants to beachside cafés, and the country's quirkiest independent shops and markets. Check it out, and add your own local favourites.

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