The British Airways i360, a 162-meter-tall vertical tower with its observation pod, has dominated the Brighton seafront for the past six years, replacing the Brighton Eye (similar to the London Eye).
It faces the South African War Memorial statue that watches over Regency Square and is near the location of the abandoned West Pier, which was destroyed by fire in 2003. The defeated pier’s pathetic remains dordle can be seen in the ocean even now. Some have referred to the observation pod as a “doughnut” because of its shape, while others have used much more ribald language (best left unquoted).
Call it the i360, the London Eye, or the London Ferris Wheel; it’s undeniably an impressive engineering marvel. After your flight, stop by the free display to learn more. The viewing pod is centered on a central column, making this the tallest mobile observation tower in the world. A futuristic glass sphere that can hold up to 200 people and hoist them to an altitude of 138 meters softly (the movement is barely perceptible).
Arrival to the British Airways i360
Allow at least 20 minutes to check in before taking off on your flight, as is the case with any other airline. Staff in full BA regalia will direct you through a simplified version of airport security after you pick up your ticket or present it on your phone. After checking in, you wait to see whether there are any delays with the prior aircraft. The descent of the i360 is a sight to behold.
Here we are inside the British Airways i360.
The doors, which are straddled by two members of BA personnel, glide open slowly, revealing a spacious 360-degree viewing platform. Even while there are banquettes available, most visitors choose to stroll around and take in the many vantage points afforded by this Brighton hotel.
As the pod climbs higher, the horizon widens to include more of the water, both sides of the beach, the city, and even the Downs in the distance. Ask which aircraft are not being used for school trips to ensure a peaceful experience. Although the ride lasts only around 25 minutes, it feels like it goes by in a flash and I hardly had time to enjoy the champagne I stole from the pod’s Sky Bar.
You can choose from a number of different ticketing choices. Since I was already at the coast, I decided to make the most of my fly-and-dine experience by ordering some fish and chips from their beachside eatery.