Previously on The Walking Dead Ron Does Things, Ron and the boyfriend met up with their long-lost (not really) friend, Jacky and enjoyed Nando’s and rollercoasters. Now, they start their trek to the top of the world…
*cue opening credits and horror BGM*
We thought it would just be a 5-minute walk because we could already see it from Brighton Pier, but it took us a good 10 minutes before we arrived. Either we’re slow walkers or the i360 is so tall that it looked near from afar. We did enjoy the view and weather while walking along the shore, though.
What a Grand Hotel, literally.
There were several cute and quaint cafés along the coastline, and this one had pastel chairs. Of course, it was too hard for me to pass up on a photo opportunity.. with my unlimited rides wristband and all.
As we were all first-timers, we didn’t really know what to expect but it’s quite a straightforward attraction. No brainer, really. Imagine a donut in a stick. Basically, it’s that. Except, of course, strong enough to hold a hundred or so people while slowly ascending to the tip of the 162-metre tower.
Since it’s owned by British Airways, the process resembles that of boarding a flight. You book a ticket from stewards and stewardesses, they call the ride “flight”, you select your flight schedule and your ticket is a boarding pass! For 15 GBP each, we enjoyed a 20-minute flight and had a magnificent view of Brighton and the neighboring towns (and seas, lol). The pod has a bar inside, so you can also enjoy a drink or two while on board. I had a love-hate relationship with the sun at the time, because while the scenery’s breathtaking, reflection is a bit of a problem when taking photos. We descend to the basement where a souvenir shop welcomed us and the pod ascends again with another set of humans in it.
British Airways i360 wasn’t even a month old when we went. They just opened on August 4, 2016 and we visited September 1st! Everything’s shiny!
Brighton Pier from British Airways i360
The i360 and a tiny Brighton Pier
i360 feels very similar to London Eye, but half the price because, well, Brighton isn’t London. However, I think it’s worth it. 15 isn’t too expensive for a sunny day. I would think otherwise during foggy ones, of course.
One more for Brighton! The next one’s so colorful, you wouldn’t want to miss it! See you, then!