Qype: Gemini Beach Bar in Brighton

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Just thinking about this place makes me long for the summer months. When I’m heading to the beach on a gorgeous, hot day Gemini is usually my first port of call for a huge jug of Pimms or chilled pint. The trouble is that most people in Brighton have the same idea so, like all places along the beach, it gets packed pretty quickly. It’s also table service only – so you know that when people sit down here, they ain’t moving for a long while!

What makes Gemini better than the rest of the bars down on the promenade is that they pretty much always have a live band out the front belting out 90s and early 00s Brit pop and indie covers.

There’s not much I can think of that’s better than leaning back in your sunnies, soaking up the rays on Brighton beach to the sound of ‘We Are Young’ by Supergrass. Awesome. Roll on summer!

Check out my review of Gemini Beach Bar – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

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Qype: Brighton Seafront in Brighton

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Although it would be lovely to have a gorgeous, golden, soft sandy beach in Brighton, let’s face it – wet, polluted sand on a seldom dry English beach is never good. At least pebbles are clean.

As a kid, Brighton was my favourite seaside destination. I adored the pier (especially the ghost train and helter skelter), the iconic beachside carousel, the fish ‘n’ chips, the bungee trampoline things, the little knick-knacks and sweet shops, the mini art galleries full of brightly-coloured paintings, the penny arcade… there was also so much more to do here than in dreary Bognor Regis, which was my parents’ favourite destination. No offence Bognor.

Now, as a Brighton resident of five years, I’m not sure I could ever tire of the beach. Whether I’m sat by the ruins of the West Pier with my camera, reading a novel whilst watching the tide come in or barbecuing and drinking beer, I absolutely love it. On a warm, sunny day at the seaside eating an ice lolly (or enjoying a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc) is when I feel luckiest to live here.

Check out my review of Brighton Seafront – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

Qype: West Pier in Brighton

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The West Pier has a beautiful, poetic sadness about it. Since the arson attacks in 2003, it has become an iconic representation of Brighton. The image of the burning pier is a favourite among local photographers who, seven years on, are still selling their awe-inspiring photographs in local galleries.

The sight of the sun setting behind the burnt-out remains is the most romantic scene in the city and I desperately hope that those who want it demolished don’t get their way. It will be a very sad day indeed when the remains finally collapse and sink into the water.

Head down to the seafront with your camera or sketchbook while you still have the chance to enjoy this inspiring, haunting structure.

Check out my review of West Pier – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype