Two Way Books

I'm going to Brighton later in the week, for dConstruct - the "affordable one day conference for people designing and building the latest generation of social web applications". Well, I'll do my best. Should be a good trip. Despite having almost no free time, is there anything to do/see/nice to eat in Brighton apart from this lovely bookshop, (photo by Dave Knapik)? I've been there a few times but not for ages so all tips gratefully received.

ah, brighton!

the old pier skeleton is always worth a look. sadly, my favourite shops in the north lanes seem to have closed on my last visit this may.

there is, however, a fantastic old-timey gay bar a block or two off of the seaside. i can't even remember what it's called, but they play cher with a disco ball at closing time. it's red, plush, and right up your alley, i'm sure. ask around, and it shouldn't be a bother to find.

I think Mark above may mean The Regency Tavern http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/21/21189/Regency_Tavern/Brighton

The original owners sold up and it's lost a little of it's spark but the camp decoration is still there.

If the conference is in the Dome it's easy to pop into Brighton Museum, they have the shop front of the Brighton Cork Shop and an old kitchen from Embassy Court.

It might be a bit far away but the Booth Museum is good. http://www.booth.virtualmuseum.info/ They have a merman and even a Victorian cabinet with stuffed toads on mechanical swings and a roundabout.

For a good quick light lunch look for the smokehouse on the seafront (just a tall black shed really). The couple who run the smokehouse sell wonderful grilled mackerel sandwhiches from an arch behind.

If you get homesick very quickly Talula's Tea Rooms behind Waitrose do a Scottish breakfast complete with square sausage!

For an old fashioned and thoroughly civilised tea and home made cake there's the famous Mock Turtle (Pool Valley, just off the front).

If you're having a look at the new Library, Bill's is good for lunch http://www.billsproducestore.co

Cheers for using my photo, Anne. I'm chuffed to be on I Like!

Two Way Books is at 54 Gardner Street and you can read a bit more about it here: http://www.uniquebrighton.com/htm/t20070301.510637.htm

All the North Laine streets are fun to stroll and perfect for randomly stopping in shops that catch your eye. I'm sure you'll find loads of little surprises along the way.

Despite the high entry free at the Merlin-owned aquarium by the pier, I still really enjoyed myself. It's not a modern high science sort of aquarium. It has more seaside cheesiness than that. You can almost imagine some 1800s circus ringmaster saying, "Behold, the exotic wonders from 20,000 leagues under the sea!" There are some pics in my Flickr photostream from there, too. If you go, I highly recommend making the Jolly Sailor laugh for 20p. He's scary, in the best way possible.

Have fun and less us know what you get up to!

Thanks, I was looking for a link to dConstruct. See you there!

Mark - I don't spend enough time in gay bars. Might be time to put that right. I like your blog!

Mark H - Argh, I'm gutted I'm not staying for longer now. So much to do! Stuffed toads on a roundabout. That sounds amazing...

Ben - at last we meet. Will be nice to see you.

Dave - I've been in that bookshop! It's all coming back to me now. Years ago. Great to know it's still going.

Spooner's Paradise on Kensington Gardens is still good for a look at pretty old things (most of which I think you'll already own!) and bargains, and plenty other good vintage and modern design shops on that street and the others in the North Laines. Trafalgar Street has a couple of great old rummagy record shops and the Brighton Toy & Model Museum. If you get a chance, go for a slap up modern vegetarian meal in Terre A Terre (East Street), and likewise, if it's a good sunset, see the starlings sweep over the West Pier.

Oooh I've been in "Two Way Books" - a great little book shop where I bought this lovely children's book : http://tinyurl.com/66oab5 (which features this example of your favourite animal http://tinyurl.com/6b7xu8).

My girlfriend and I went down in February for her birthday and stayed here : http://www.snoozebrighton.com/ staying in the excellent 60's room.

Others can probably recommend more than me however I loved the street art / graffiti i stumbled upon : http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=15134271@N03&q=brighton+graffiti&m=text

Hope you have fun whilst you're there and hope someone noticed the makeover !

DW x

Oooh I've been in "Two Way Books" - a great little book shop where I bought this lovely children's book : http://tinyurl.com/66oab5 (which features this example of your favourite animal http://tinyurl.com/6b7xu8).

My girlfriend and I went down in February for her birthday and stayed here : http://www.snoozebrighton.com/ staying in the excellent 60's room.

Others can probably recommend more than me however I loved the street art / graffiti i stumbled upon : http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=15134271@N03&q=brighton+graffiti&m=text

Hope you have fun whilst you're there and hope someone noticed the makeover !

DW x

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