Brighton in winter: street scenes, pier, architecture, graffiti and hardy paddlers

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

I was out and about in Brighton over the weekend, heading to the south coast to watch the mighty Dulwich Hamlet beat nearby Peaceheaven FC in a non-league football game.

The weather was fantastic, and inbetween checking out the sad remains of the West Pier, I took a load of photos while wandering around the city.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

I love the view from the railway station where you can see the English Channel glistening in the distance.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton Masonic Centre.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

The route to the seafront takes you past the Grade II listed  Jubilee Clock Tower which was built in 1888 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Sandpiper Guest House doorway detail.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Hardy winter paddlers. The sun was out but it was freezing!

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Grand Hotel.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Promenade detail.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Busker on the seafront.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Looking out to sea.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Close up of boat planks.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

West Pier in the distance.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Palace Pier.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton Palace Pier illuminated by the low winter sun.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Christmas tree by the pier entrance.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

A Dulwich Hamlet fan peers through the ‘Afloat’ doughnut-shaped sculpture located on the groyne near to the Palace Pier.

Made from bronze and 250cm in diameter, the artwork was created in 1998 by Hamish Black. The council describes it thus:

The donut or torus (a shape that has a continuous surface with a hole in it) has been posed as a possible model by scientists of how our universe may look. The sculpture was generated by taking a world globe and pressing the south and north poles together to form a torus. Now placed on its side the lines of longitude radiate from the central hole, linking the sea and sky. Across its surface are the shrunken shapes of the major continents, adrift like dark shadows.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Along the seafront.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Bent desire.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Lamp post detail.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

There’s some wonderful architecture along the seafront promenade.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Black Rock Station, the eastern terminus of the Volks Electric Railway.

In 1894, Volk came up with the positively unhinged idea of running a railway through the sea.

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go well – read the full story here: Volk’s Brighton to Rottingdean Seashore Electric railway.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Mystery House.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

By Brighton Marina there was a bungee jump in progress.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton Marina.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

A sticker of a badger that I took a shine to.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Seafront architecture.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

A walk through Brighton Pavilion at night.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

In the evening I visited the Great Eastern at 103 Trafalgar Ct, Brighton. It’s a great pub.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

To wrap up this photo feature, here’s a collection of signs and street art I came across:

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Heading up to the station.

Brighton street scenes, pier, architecture and graffiti, East Sussex, UK, December 2014

Sunday morning stalls outside the station. The bread was delicious, but the coffee a little disappointing.

See more photos and features about Brighton here.