Planning first trip to London end of September for 7 nights with us 3 ladies (60 years young). Want to take the train to Brighton just because, get out of city for the day, something different. Want to take train from Soho area where we have a private apartment. Any tips or ideas helpful. Thanks
There are frequent trains from London Victoria Station. The trip is under an hour. Google: rome2rio.com
I did this by train a few years back and really enjoyed my day. Did a lot of walking along the boardwalk, but also visited the Royal Pavilion which was one of the most interesting royal residences I have experienced.
Grown daughter and I took a day trip from Victoria Station last year. Left about 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. and returned around 5:00. I highly suggest the Royal Pavilion - fascinating. We walked from the train station to the Royal Pavilion and took a guided tour and then walked around in the gardens on our own. Walked among the shops down to the pier and had lunch in that area. It was raining hard so we didn't do as much at the pier as we might have in better weather.
All in all---an enjoyable and worthwhile day trip and one I'd do again in a heartbeat.
If there are three of you looking to travel to Brighton for the day, you might want to look at the Southern trains group day save ticket. Up to four adults can have unlimited travel for one day (your first train has to be after 10:00am but evenings coming back are fine) for £30 total. You do have to travel together, but it's the cheapest way I've found for day exploring from London down to Brighton and back. You might do a few hours in Brighton and then hop over to Lewes before coming back to London in the evening.
Brighton is a great place for a day trip from London as it is so close and has the attraction of the sea. Trains go from London Victoria every 20 minutes and take just 55 minutes. Here's a list of top attractions:
I'd suggest heading straight out of Brighton station towards the seafront (10 minutes) and explore the pier then heading back into town via the quirky shops of The Lanes (the oldest part of Brighton) then visiting the Royal Pavilion followed by more quirky shops and people watching in the North Laines which is taking you back in the direction of the station
For the authentic experience you could have Fish & Chips on the pier or a pub lunch at my favourite place 'The Basketmaker's Arms".
It may be busy and you may struggle to find a table depending on the time but it's worth the effort!