We flew from London to Rome and it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. It’s difficult to resist the lure of incredibly low prices on budget airlines but somehow we always forget how unpleasant it is: the long drive to the inconveniently located Stansted airport; the hassle of security; removing liquids, laptops and shoes; endless queues and waits in crowded hallways to board the plane, and then the cramped flight itself.
Last year we loved our stay at affordable luxury hotel The Hoxton in London so when The Escape List invited us to try out their new site which lists luxury UK hotels for under £150 we jumped at the chance.
Brighton has an artsy, alternative vibe so it was only appropriate that we stayed in the unique Artist Residence where all 15 rooms are individually designed by artists with styles ranging from urban street art to contemporary illustrations. It’s one of the most unusual and colourful hotels we have stayed in.
The pier is the iconic image of Brighton and offers a classic English seaside experience complete with noisy arcade games, sticks of rock, and funfair rides. The changeable British weather provided a dramatic backdrop for the Grade II listed pier that dates back to 1899.
We have a theory about vegetarian restaurants around the world: there are different levels and a place has to go through the early stages before they get to the good stuff. Vegetarian restaurants start off as health focused, often the realm of hippies with yoga classes advertised on the walls, but unfortunately the food can be bland and uninspiring, really just a compilation of vegetables on a plate, with too much tofu and soya for our liking (although tofu is taken to a new level in Japan).