Places to explore: Brighton

We had the chance a to visit Brighton a few weeks ago and I was very excited to finally explore the city with Dan (my husband). I have fond memories of Brighton from staying with a friend for a week who was studying in Brighton but that was sometime ago (7 seven years to be exact), so I was slightly unsure of whether or not my memory could be trusted!

Thankfully it turned out to be better than I remembered, we both had a great time wandering round the centre of Brighton. We started off in a slightly  scaring ultra secure car park and were feeling a little apprehensive. But ended up by the pier eating our sandwiches (yes I’m 25 and I still eat packed lunches) in the sun.

Brighton "Beach" and Pier.

Brighton “Beach” and Pier, photo by Daniel Archer.

Having satisfied ourselves with lunch we took a wander from the pier towards the lanes part of the city. The lanes are a series of interconnected small cobbled/semi-pedestrianised streets chock full of creative industries; independent café’s/restaurants, independent supermarkets, vintage shops, market stalls to name but a few.

Inside the lanes - photo by Daniel Archer.

Inside the lanes – photo by Daniel Archer.

Comedy photo inside the lanes - photo by Daniel Archer.

Comedy photo inside the lanes – photo by Daniel Archer.

We found ourselves pleasantly inundated with things to fill the eye wherever we looked. Every where seemed to have a creative or personal touch. Personally I got excited and camera happy taking photos:

Hand lettered 'stamp' shop sign, photo by Christy Archer.

Hand lettered ‘stamp’ shop sign, photo by Christy Archer.

"Brought" hand lettered sign, photo by Christy Archer.

“Brought” hand lettered sign, photo by Christy Archer.

I got excited to see woodblock style hand lettered shop signs like the one below. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the shop itself, the detail of the lettering was well worth a photo:

"House of Hoye" - Shop sign, photo by Christy Archer.

“House of Hoye” – Shop sign, photo by Christy Archer.

I took the most of the opportunity to capture creative ideas, different peoples ways of making shop signs, or different things within stores.

"Gelato Gusto - Artisan Ice cream" Shop Sign, photo by Christy Archer.

“Gelato Gusto – Artisan Ice cream” Shop Sign, photo by Christy Archer.

I really love the way the ice cream shop in the photo above made use of the large grey wall at the side of the shop to place a sign on. I also think the sign is really elegant and suited to a more sophisticated ice cream shop.

Wooden And letters on shop sign, photo by Christy Archer.

Wooden And letters on shop sign, photo by Christy Archer.

In the photo above you can see a shop which made use of wooden letters for theirs sign, it adds a playful unique feel.

Anyhow I could get carried away showing all the photos I took but I digress. On a slightly different topic we stopped for a snack in an interesting looking health food shop. It turned out to be packed full of all kinds of local produce, as well as tonnes of dairy free gluten free goodies. Including (and this is where I got excited) dairy free/gluten free pizza.  It’s rare to be able to find anywhere to eat out or grab a snack whilst in random towns but Brighton seemed to have an array of health food shops which catered to my odd dietary needs.

Sadly there’s no photo of the amazing pizza but I did snap a picture or two from inside the store – Infinity Foods is the name and here’s a link to their website:

http://www.infinityfoodsretail.co.uk/shop/

Breads from the in store bakery at Infinity Foods Shop, photo by Christy Archer.

Breads from the in store bakery at Infinity Foods Shop, photo by Christy Archer.

Continuing on the subject of food we also stopped in at local restaurant, called ‘H.en’. We only stopped for drink, but the place had a great feel to it. We snapped quite a few pictures because we loved the design of the place. The staff were very friendly too which also helps!

They had a real DIY vibe going on with peg board (perforated hardboard for those of you who like proper terms) on the walls, exposed concrete flooring, hanging plants. I was a big fan too of the variety of lights that had in the restaurant, not your typical boring bulbs and white fittings but some interesting shapes.

Concrete floor and fun chairs inside 'H.en' restaurant., photo by Daniel Archer.

Concrete floor and fun chairs inside ‘H.en’ restaurant., photo by Daniel Archer.

Window decal or vinyl on window of 'H.en' restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

Window decal or vinyl on window of ‘H.en’ restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

Peg board shelving/box units along the wall at 'H.en' restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

Peg board shelving/box units along the wall at ‘H.en’ restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

Peg board coasters - 'H.en' restaurant, photo by Daniel Archer.

Peg board coasters – ‘H.en’ restaurant, photo by Daniel Archer.

Cool lighting - 'H.en' restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

Cool lighting – ‘H.en’ restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

More cool lighting - 'H.en' restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

More cool lighting – ‘H.en’ restaurant, photo by Christy Archer.

Cool lighting above the bar - 'H.en' restaurant, photo by Daniel Archer (messing with the focus).

Cool lighting above the bar – ‘H.en’ restaurant, photo by Daniel Archer (messing with the focus).

Link to restaurant website is below:

H.en Restaurant

Final thing worth mentioning, the graffiti art that covered the city! Brighton was literally filled with very tasteful graffiti, I’m not talking just ‘tagging’ but actual art work. It covered the walls, shop signs, electrical boxes you name it if the space was bare it had some kind of graffiti on it.

Dan was pretty taken so most of the photo’s of the graffiti are his handiwork:

Below are a series of photos of electrical or phone boxes (not sure what they’re really called)! I’m not sure if there was some sort of scheme or artists competition going on but most of these boxes across the city had some decoration.

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We also quite a few graffiti impressions of women, there’s a couple of incredible examples below of the detail involved:

Close up of a graffiti image of a woman...

Close up of a graffiti image of a woman…

Another close up of a graffiti woman.

Another close up of a graffiti woman.

And finally, an interesting suicide prevention campaign, in the form of graffiti art with a QR code as a part of the image:

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