As I’m typing this, the rain is hammering down on the roof of my office and the skies are an ominous gunmetal grey. It’s a far cry from last Friday, when we were visiting the British Airways i360 experience in Brighton.
We had the bluest, clearest, skies last Friday; which was perfect for a little afternoon excursion up the i360 tower.
A cross between the Shard (which we visited a couple of years go), the London Eye and a giant glass elevator; the British Airways i360 is a futuristic looking viewing platform, that takes you from street level to a knee-wobbling 450ft above the city.
You get ushered though security into a giant glass pod, which begins a slow and steady descent up a futuristic pole; giving unrivalled views of Brighton.
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It’s a pretty epic experience; you can see miles over the city, over the rooftops to the Sussex downs beyond.
What did we think of the British Airways i360 Experience?
We loved it; the boys particularly — they really enjoyed seeing the windmills out at sea and pointing out all sorts of things that ordinarily we’d never see from the ground.
Especially the fantastic graffiti on some of the rooftops.
Thankfully, as we happened to go on a beautiful, clear day, we could see for miles.
It cost just under £50 for the four of us and — in my opinion — was well worth the money; although, I daresay, it may not have been *quite* as spectacular if it had been raining or had poor visibility.
There is a bar up there though (if you fancy a cheeky gin — or a glass of fizz). That would be a great distraction if the weather wasn’t playing ball.
Maybe not for the kids though…
And If You Don’t Have a Head For Heights?
We went with some of our best friends (one of whom does not have a good head for heights at all) and we were all in agreement that it was such a lovely afternoon out. Even for someone who suffers quite badly with acrophobia!
Our friend managed to overcome his fear and whilst he was wary about standing right at the edges of the glass pod, he was fine sitting in the middle and observing the view from the safely of his seat; or standing with his back to the view.
It’s a really great place to go with friends — and with children too.
It gives unparalleled views of the city and is such a great talking point. If you’re visiting Brighton, I’d highly recommend it.
Perfect for bright, clear days or nights.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.