Away from the water, make time to wander through The Lanes, a maze of cobbled streets and alleys lined with independent shops (check out pioneering British brand Finisterre for sustainable fashion or drop in to the flagship of homewares brand Habitat), jewellers and cafes. You also can’t miss the ornate, ostentatious Royal Pavilion, King George IV’s former seaside residence built in the style of an oriental palace.
Where to stay: Tucked away amid the twisting alleys of The Lanes, Hotel du Vin Brighton features 49 elegant rooms and suites, some with expansive sea views. Dine al fresco under the vine-draped pergola in the central courtyard, and then enjoy a nightcap at the hotel’s bar, where the shelves are lined with over a hundred whisky and rum varieties.
Scotland’s biggest city has often been left in the shadow of its rival, Edinburgh. But these days Glasgow is where you’ll find first-rate museums and galleries, excellent restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a thriving music scene. Schedule time to visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, where you’ll find Salvador Dalí’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross” and catch a performance at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.