Known to some as London-by-the-sea, Brighton is one of the few coastal resorts in Britain with a truly metropolitan feel. That being said, you'll have no problems finding all of your typical seaside features here: a pebble beach, traditional pier complete with fairground rides, souvenir stalls, chippies (check out Bardsley's on Baker Street) and an arcade. That being said, you'll need to venture further inland to see what really makes the city tick.
The Lanes, an assortment of narrow roads and alleys a stone's throw from the beach, are popular for their eclectic mix of boutiques. It's worth spending at least a couple of hours here purely because of the variety of goods on offer - from vinyl collections to antique tea sets.
Experiencing Brighton's nightlife is also a no-brainer. Known for its lively gay scene - Kemp Town, just east of the Old Steine, is the gay quarter - the city isn't short of intimate bars and clubs, from the mainstream superclubs to the independent, such as Honeyclub, located on the seafront.