What Celeste learned about Brighton
- 9th May 2019
- Posted by: Internship in Brighton
- Category: Interns
Brighton is an English seaside resort town, located, more or less, one hour’s train journey from London. This small town is known as “little London by the sea”, a town full of opportunities and entertainment.
I learnt a lot about the city of Brighton during my stay.
Brighton in History
When I visited the Brighton museum, I learnt about the historical heritage of the city, its wealth and importance. The first settlements in this area are dated around the Bronze age. Since then, the city has become important for fishing, and is well-known especially for its seaside, which attracts a lot of tourism.
The most important moment of Brighton’s history is the Georgian era, during George IV’s reign. Brighton became a fashionable seaside resort, a place where rich people were used to come and spend their holidays. The fact that the prince (who later became king) spent a lot of time in town was one of the defining factors for this transformation. He also ordered the building of the Royal Pavilion for his stays. These days, the Royal Pavilion has become one of the most important buildings in Brighton, and there, in my opinion, you can feel the glory of that era; it’s an emotional and beautiful place to visit. The last important stage in the history of Brighton is, without a doubt, the construction of the rail station, the heart of the city.
Brighton for tourists
I said before, the seaside is very important, both for commerce and tourism: here you can find lots of activities, like the aquarium, the British Airways i360 (the newest construction in Brighton), the Brighton sightseeing and the Pier. The pier that we can visit today is the third pier to be constructed in Brighton: it is a very popular place where it is possible to enjoy many attractions and rides.
What I’ve just talked about is the touristic part of Brighton, what you can find on the guides or what you can find on the internet. Now it’s time to find out which are the hidden gems of Brighton and what Brightonians think about their city.
Brighton by locals
During my time in Brighton, I wanted to have a better idea of what the city was all about, so I talked to many random people in the streets. I asked them about food, shops and places that I couldn’t miss while I was here.
About food, first of all, I was surprised to find out that, unlike Italian culture, there isn’t a typical food of the city. Even more surprisingly, what’s really popular here is Asian food: people were particularly enthusiastic about Japanese and Thai food restaurants. Many people had also recommended me places to eat good burgers, which they considered one of the most popular foods in England.
Most Brighton guides will talk about Churchill Square shopping centre – however, most people I talked to don’t seem to spend a lot of time there as it is full of chain stores, and most of Brightonians prefer to go for something different. So they prefer North Laine, a popular shopping and residential district where you can find independent stores and lots of charity shops. Charity shops are very popular here in Brighton and in England, they are just a simple way to both spend little and help people.
Another point of the interviews was about places where people like to spend their free time. The most popular answer was about natural parks, like Stanmer Park or Queen’s Park, where people like to go jogging or to have a picnic. Another beautiful place people told me about is the Brighton Marina, the largest marina in the UK.
Brighton by Celeste
In conclusion, I think Brighton is a challenging and exciting city, where you can find people of all nationalities, beautiful places to visit, lots of activities to do and many incentives to visit. My experience of internship here in Brighton was, without a doubt, positive and exciting. Everyone here is open and polite: this made me feel comfortable in every situation, though the language barrier. For this, I would recommend this experience to everyone who wants to improve English and to have a first work experience!
My name is Celeste, I’m 17 years old and I’m about to finish my high school education in Milan, Italy. Thanks to the new education law in Italy, I had the opportunity to do an internship in Brighton for two weeks. I worked in a coffee shop as well as helped to develop a project for IIB.