I went for a weekend in Brighton in November (because reasons). Weather-wise it was probably not the best time to visit, although the wind strength was quite impressive for the South of England. But it was an interesting short trip.


From the station we walked through rain toward the guesthouse, which turned out to be near an enormous unfinished viewing tower. This looked rather ominous as we approached - it wasn’t dark by that point but because of the rain the tower itself was invisible until we got close, leaving a baleful disembodied red light glowing high in the sky. It reminded me of the Eye of Sauron and, appropriately, the tower will be called the ‘i360’.

After checking in at the guesthouse, we walked back in a very roundabout route toward a restaurant.

Eye of Sauron and the floodlit Grand Hotel at night.
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Bright streetlight illuminating the rain, beach behind.
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Brighton Pavilion, with pretty floodlighting.
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View toward the sea from our room in the guesthouse.
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Rhinoceros on the guesthouse stairs.
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We walked toward Hove, initially along the seafront.

Streetlamp and tower (1).
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Block of flats directly beside Sussex County Cricket Ground.
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Save Hove Library (again) (again).
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Across the whole area, all of those telephone connection box thingies in the street appear to have been painted with artwork - sometimes officially, but other times I’m not sure.

‘Look out, Oz! Here comes Rita!’ Presumably she’s emigrating.
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Adelaide Crescent - impressive curved frontage.
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Classic British seaside architecture: the rain shelter.
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I walked back to Brighton, stopping to take photos of the remains of the West Pier, which has been set on fire so many times it‘s now pretty much the West Scaffolding Island. There‘s no chance of restoring it now.

West Pier and a wave.
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Ricin under a footbridge.
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Paddling pool (and the pier).
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Pier again.
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Around the construction site for the giant viewing tower, the hoardings are full of very impressive street art. (It was done with permission in an August event. Nice works though.)

Seagull in trainers (MORF).
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Bins clustered around a lamp base and puddle.
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Public art sculpture (Afloat by Hamish Black) on the seafront; POW graffiti.
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I continued a little further along the seafront, past the surviving pier and the local Ferris wheel, one of those low-rent London Eye clones.

Palace Pier.
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The Volks electric railway, which starts nearby, sadly doesn’t run outside the season. So I left the sea behind and wandered around the Lanes for a bit (and ate lunch in the rain).

‘Yeah, tea!’ - The best of those painted telephone thingies.
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Derelict building on Middle Street.
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I headed back to Hove...

Giant tower again.
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Streetlamp and tower (2).
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Toward the end of the afternoon, the sun actually came out!

Sussex County Cricket Ground, and a rainbow.
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Flats by cricket ground.
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Nice garage building.
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Building with painted crack.
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Hove seafront and a table-tennis table.
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From Hove we walked back into Brighton again.

Sun over the promenade.
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Sun over the beach.
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Sunset by West Pier remains.
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We walked out onto Palace Pier, which seems little changed from when I visited as a child.

Although this rollercoaster is probably new. It was closed due to high winds.
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Grand Hotel again, with rather a surplus of flags.
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Back gates in Stone Street, with Eye of Sauron in background.
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We spent most of the day visiting Brighton Pavilion, which is basically a stately home. It has various royal connections, and a slightly inordinate number of dragons in the pseudo-Chinese decorations. After that (and afternoon cakes in a tearoom) it was nearly time to head back to the station.

‘Find the red squirrel’ (fire exits on South Street).
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Another building in South Street.
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One last look at the sea.
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Bike racks in the station.
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