My favourite things in Brighton & Hove

Favourite things in Brighton and Hove

Free time outside of being a personal trainer is largely spent keeping myself fit, but there are various things that I like to do. I moved to Brighton & Hove back in 2016, and since becoming a resident during my free time I’ve explored our lovely city on my bike and on foot. These are a few of my favourite things to be found and/or to do in and around Brighton and Hove:

Gym – Coral’s Gym, Hove

No surprise that hitting the gym is a favourite pursuit. I’ve been a member of Corals Gym in Hove for over four years now. It has pretty much everything I need for a great workout. It’s a friendly gym compared to the many other gyms I’ve been a member of over the years.

Park – Hove Park

I love being outdoors come rain or shine and I love Hove Park, it’s close to where I and I cycle there as well as work out some of my clients. It’s a great place to exercise in Brighton.

Outdoor activity – Coastal Path Bike Ride

I love going for bike rides along the coastal path from Portslade through to Saltdean. My spring and summer weekends have this as my favourite outdoor activity. On those long hot summer days, I often stop and sit on the quieter stretch of beach just before you get to Rottingdean.

View – Devil’s Dyke

I love a good trek across the Downs. Devil’s Dyke is a stunning at any time of the year. I head up here for a walk during the summer, and usually take a packed lunch! I also love the cliffs along from Brighton Marina through to Rottingdean and the pathway below them is my favourite place to exercise in Brighton. 

View from Devil's Dyke near Brighton & Hove

Restaurant – Franco Manco, Regent Street, Brighton

These days I’m not really your fine dining type. Been there, done that, got tired of snotty venues. If I’m eating out, I like hearty food. I’m particularly partial to a pizza at Franco Manco. Their sourdough pizzas are simply the best! As a personal trainer I opt for the pizzas without the cheese!

Afternoon Tea – The Ship Hotel, Brighton Sea Front

The Ship Hotel along the seafront is a favourite, it’s both understated and generous. although I’m not too keen when they have the live singer on during the summer. Having something of a sweet tooth, this a favourite treat. And when family and friends visit, they get taken here too.

Bar – The Colonnade Bar, New Road, Brigton

Brighton and Hove is rammed to the gills with pubs and bars. That said I don’t drink very often but the occasional Gin and Tonic at the Colonnade Bar hits the spot when I do.  This beautiful Bar with its Splendid Victorian Décor is situated next door to the Theatre Royal in New Road, Brighton, and specialises funnily enough in an enormous range of Gins! I can’t remember the name of the barman, but he really knows his gins, served with pride and perfection! 

Coffee shop – Any along George Street, Hove

I like to wander along George Street, and there’s a great selection of places to stop for coffee and a spot of people watching while sipping a Cappuccino .

Guilty pleasure – Sunday Roast at the Amsterdam Hotel, Marine Parade, Brighton

Sunday roast at the Amsterdam Hotel, with Bread and Butter Pudding for pudding. Hey, I know I’m supposed to be leading by example. This isn’t a weekly outing though, more of a two or three visits in the colder months of October to April! Ice cream from Marrocco’s restaurant close to where I live is another treat.

Building – Saltdean Lido

Saltdean Lido!I love art deco, so Salt Dean Lido a short cycle ride out of town is by far my favourite building. Plus, it has the added attraction of going for a swim! Brighton Pier is my other favourite structure.

Saltdean Lido

Cinema – Dukes at Komeda, Gardner Street, Brighton

Dukes at Komedia gets my vote for a civilised film experience, the last movie I saw there was God’s Own Country. Although I head over the Cineworld at Brighton Marina as its easy and free to park, the last movie I saw there was Captain Marvel!

Shop – Boss, East Street, Brighton

As you might imagine most of my retail purchases are sports kit related. But I splash out every now and then at Boss for something smarter. I also check out the various charity shops in Kemp Town and on London Road.

So, there you have it, a little insight into what makes living in Brighton and Hove and working as a personal trainer just about the best place I’ve ever lived doing the best job ever had! And if you like some of my favourite things, then chances are we’ll get along. So why not try my personal training skills with my taster offer; two 1-hour personal training sessions for just £45. Call 07730 038830 or email

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