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Soak up the sun in Brighton

By Ethan Hews

Leave behind the noise of the city and head for the sea. Brighton offers something for the whole family. Collect your Luxury Van in London and head south to the seaside town of Brighton. It offers a fun day out with a beach and quirky markets. The trip to this charming getaway town will take you about two hours.

When you arrive, head for the beach. Pick up some pebbles to keep as a memento. After a swim, stroll around the Lanes, an area of small shops in a zigzag street pattern resembling the layout of the original fishing village. Visit the Palace Pier which offers fun seaside attractions.

For some culture, head to the Booth Museum of Natural History which offers a spectacular collection of over 300 bird specimens. See the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and for something unique, the Ink D gallery is a trendy little space that exhibits obscure artist's works.

After a lunch of crab sandwiches from a seaside stall, head off to see a movie at the Duke of York's Cinema. Opened in 1910, it is the oldest continually operating cinema in Europe. You can't miss the building, it has a pair of giant fibreglass legs on the roof. Spend the afternoon wandering down North Laine with its fabulous quirky shops and find a hidden gem.

Dinner must be at the Havana, where you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous. After dinner it is back to the beach. Night time showcases Poi twirlers striking a beautiful image of fire against the dark skies and burning floating lanterns are released into the sky on summer evenings.

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