If you’re staying in London for more than a few days, it’s worth getting out of the city and exploring the surrounding area. If you only have time for one day trip, head south to Brighton. Located in East Sussex, this seaside town is only one hour and 15 minutes by train from the London Bridge station.
In the 18th century, Brighton was a sleeping fishing village that became a popular holiday destination toward the end of the century, after the construction of the railways. Throughout the years, the town and its beautiful coastline became a creative hub of writers, performers, and artists. Today, Brighton is a progressive, forward-thinking town that attracts Londoners looking to party the weekend away — particularly LGBTQ locals and travelers, as the city is arguably the capital of gay culture in England. Here’s how to make the most of your one-day trip to Brighton.