As lockdown restrictions have been gradually rolled back, many of us have been enjoying catching up with friends & family. Last week I had a long overdue catch-up with my old friend Brighton.

Ok I am aware that does sound a bit daft but bear with me!  First of all, I should explain that before the pandemic hit I used to commute to work however like a lot of people I have been working from home, full-time, since March 2020. I know people seem to either love or hate home-working, personally I love it except for the fact I have missed seeing my teammates and having a wander around Never Normal Brighton.

So how did I get on during my first day back in Brighton….

Valley Gardens

Back in my commuting days I would often get off the train before we arrived at Brighton mainline station so that I could have a walk before getting to the office. This meant I regularly saw work being done on the Valley Gardens project and so my curiosity led me here to see the end result. I was delighted to see the gardens were far bigger than I’d realised they were going to be. I also loved the array of wild flowers and it was also lovely to see people making use of the space either by walking or cycling through or simply taking some time to enjoy this new green space in the heart of the city.

Trading Post

It was now time for a caffeine kick and so I headed to one of my old favourites - Trading Post. Aside from the addition of the reassuring safety measures, the café on Ship Street was just as I remembered it including that gorgeous aroma as you walk through the door. I used to always order an Americano or a Flat White but I had been instructed to order the Nutella Latte and I’m very glad I did as it was a delicious treat!

The Ivy

I was fortunate enough to grab a table outside of Trading Post which meant I could watch the team at The Ivy setting up. As ever the staff were impeccably dressed, and I was pleased to see the main entrance is as beautiful as ever. I didn’t get the chance to dine there on this occasion, but I suspect I won’t be able to stay away for too long…

Restaurants Brighton

The main reason I was in the city in the first place was to have a catch-up with the lovely Rhys from Restaurants Brighton. We love the work the team there do to support our wonderful food & drink industry and it’s always nice to have a catch-up. We know the hospitality industry needs all the support it can get at the moment so if you’ve enjoyed returning to an old favourite or have recently discovered a new gem then why not leave them a review on the Restaurants Brighton site?

Brighton Palace Pier

I couldn’t resist a stroll along the beachfront to take in this iconic view of Brighton Palace Pier. I didn’t even mind seeing the seagulls again, although I didn’t linger too long after feeling a few more beady eyes on me!

Never Normal Brighton

I still get a thrill seeing the Never Normal Brighton logo emblazoned across the beach basketball court. It was especially lovely seeing the court being used and people being able to play team sports again.

Seafront posters

While we’re talking about Never Normal Brighton I was also delighted to spot our seafront posters recently released from captivity and out in the wild! We’d love to see your shots of the posters or anything else you feel is Never Normal so please do tag us in your social media posts and use #NeverNormalBrighton

Happy Maki

After a fair bit of time spent walking around it was time to pause and refuel. Our office is in The Lanes and so a Happy Maki for lunch was a semi-regular occurrence, which at the time I took for granted! So after over a year away I knew exactly where to go for lunch. I’m delighted ot report the Fully Loaded was as scrumptious as I remembered. Don’t forget if you do decide to have lunch on the beach, please use the rubbish & recycling facilities provided or if they are full take your litter with you. Respect.Protect.Enjoy.

The Royal Pavilion

It was almost time to get the train home but there were still a couple more sites I simply had to see before departing. The Pavilion Gardens look gorgeous in full bloom and make a beautiful backdrop to the Royal Pavilion and the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

The Prince Albert

The North Laine is well-known for its vibrant atmosphere and colourful street art and I was pleased to see this hadn’t changed. There were some fabulous new artworks but before saying goodbye I had to take a peek at the iconic musician’s mural on the side of the Prince Albert pub.

That was the end of this reunion but don’t worry Brighton, I’ll be back before you know it…


  • Please note if you are visiting Brighton & Hove we have some tips & advice on our Know Before You Go page to help you plan ahead.
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