What’s My Weekend Brighton: Nicola Gunstone

The Show Director of the Brighton Music Conference shares her favourite Brighton hangouts




I always feel extremely lucky to live and work in Brighton. After many years of living abroad, and a couple of stints commuting to London, I wanted to to reduce my daily travel time and make the most of my downtime. My weekends are important to me as I am a bit of a workaholic, so it’s time to make the most of Brighton’s great bars, restaurants, art and culture


Friday evening is ‘wine and whine’ night, when my girlfriend and I often head to my favourite local, The Cow (95-97 Dyke Road Brighton, BN1 3JE, 01273772370) at Seven Dials,  for a bottle of wine and maybe a cocktail. It’s about letting go of the past week and getting into the weekend zone. The rule is that we can only talk about work for as long as it takes us to finish one glass of wine, and then it’s onto a night of banter and maybe a cocktail before the men join us. We often grab a bite to eat there as they do great tapas and a DJ starts up around 8pm, playing anything from Stevie Wonder to Bonobo. As  it has a regular clientele, the atmosphere is always relaxed - a bit like being at home with a bunch of friends.

Mornings are about getting up and doing some exercise, whether that be a run along the promenade or going for a swim in the local pool. This is followed by a trip to my favourite breakfast place, Silo, above (39 Upper Gardner Street, North Laine, BN1 4AN), in the North Laines. They do the best slow-baked eggs on sourdough and then you can mix and match them with a list of organic sides.  The chef always delivers your plate of food personally, with a big smile, which shows he’s proud of his cooking: he has good reason, as it always looks as good as it tastes.



There is always something going on in Brighton, whether it's  an arts and culture festival, a parade or theatre, so once the chores are done it’s off to see what’s going on.

Saturday nights are normally a mix of either eating out at one of the many amazing restaurants in Brighton, the recently opened Salt Room, above  (106 Kings Road,  Brighton BN1 2FA, 01273929488) has delicious modern British seafood, great  service and atmosphere.



Sundays are sacred and are often about going for long walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside followed by a roast, mid-afternoon, in one of the many great gastro pubs in and around Brighton. The Ginger Fox, above  (Muddleswood Road, BN69EA, 01273 857888), is one of my favourites, if we're not having  a carpet picnic in front of a good film, depending on the extent of the night before!

Nicola Gunstone lives in Brighton and has spent 12 years working for global conference and exhibition organisers,  and organising film premieres and awards dinners.

She is Commercial Director of The Eco Technology Show and Brighton Music Conference.  The Eco Technology Show is being held at The American Express Stadium, Brighton 11-12 June. 

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