2020 has been a weird year for obvious reasons. I don’t think I’ve taken a trip anywhere this year but I finally did last Friday to British Airway’s i360 Tower in Brighton.
The British Airways i360 is a 162 m observation tower on the seafront of Brighton that offers 360-degree views across Brighton, the South Downs, and the English Channel.
I had no idea how much I needed this trip until I actually made it. Since lockdown ended, my routine has been work from home, go to the supermarket, workout at the gym, and back home again so getting away from that with a change of scenery was very therapeutic for me.
Getting to Brighton from London wasn’t hard, there are frequent trains (every 10mins) from London Victoria and London Blackfriars and the journey generally takes an hour.
It rained the entire journey but I barely noticed as it gave me a chance to catch up with my travel companion – a friend I hadn’t seen since February!
Thankfully the weather cheered up by the time we got to the BA i360 Tower, and it was just sea and breath-taking views.
We had our temperatures taken before we could enter the waiting area which had a bar; and we waited there for about 10mins with a glass of sparkling wine till the group before us finished their flight and then we had lift off.
Given that the BA i360 Tower is 162 m above ground, I was worried I’d freak out when I looked down but it was the opposite. I didn’t feel the pod move an inch and when I looked out, all I felt was calm and serenity.
The views below, of the sea, the sunset, and of Brighton itself was simply sublime. I completely forgot that I’m sometimes afraid of heights and time just flew by like it does when you have amazing views and a glass of wine to enjoy it with. (Yes, there’s another bar in the pod)
Each flight takes about half an hour so after ours, we decided to take a stroll on the beach to enjoy the sunset, and then get something to eat.
Of course Brighton has many fine eateries but why go searching when the BA i360 Tower compound already has the West Beach Bar and Kitchen, which I thought epitomises beach dinning.
It has stunning views of the sea and beach, an outdoor dining area, a relaxed atmosphere with 80s and 90s music playing in the background. It looked abandoned when we got there, I believe only three other people came in for a drink or meal the whole time we were there, which made for a nice socially distanced meal.
It was the perfect location to enjoy a nice meal and catch up, which we did for almost two hours!
What we ate …
This trip was a complete reset and I came back to London refreshed and raring to go but also with a promise that I will have some sort of change of scenery at least once a month for my own sanity.
The BA i360 Tower and the views it gave were so memorable, and with tickets starting from £14; I’ll make the trip again. Tickets are available here.
I got a lot of response when I mentioned my trip to the BA i360 Tower on Instagram. Have you been to the BA i360 Tower or are you planning to? I’d love to hear more.