Brighton is listed in guidebooks as an interesting day trip from London, and it was made even more interesting when going with my friend, Hadley, and meeting another of her friends, who is a Brighton local and gave us the scoop on the town. Brighton was put on the map so to speak when King George IV built the Brighton Pavilion in 1781, but it's really what I would call a centuries old pleasure palace. Technically, it was never his primary residence, so never an official palace, but George spent most of his time there, leading quite the life. The palace was intentionally designed to look Indian on the outside and Chinese inside (where photos weren't allowed). If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend touring the
palace pavilion, which was beyond over the top for all of George's never-ending feasts (40 courses) and parties that regularly lasted until 5am, and which a tour guide told us they still find champagne corks embedded in the ceiling of the main banquet hall.