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Located at the landward end of the West Pier on Brighton beach, British Airways i360 is a modern-day ‘vertical pier’, inviting visitors to ‘walk on air’ and gain a new perspective on the city, just as the original pier welcomed Victorian society to ‘walk on water.
Offering 360-degree views of up to 26-miles over Brighton and Hove, the South Downs, the South Coast and the English Channel, the purpose of British Airways i360 is simply ‘to delight, entertain and inspire’.
The design and engineering of British Airways i360 as impressive as it is innovative. The tower is acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world’s most slender tower, with a height-to-width ratio of more than 40:1. State-of-the-art cable car technology is used to drive the pod up and down and energy is generated on its descent.
Eleven years in the making from design to reality, British Airways i360 is the brainchild of architect-entrepreneurs David Marks and Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects, best known as the practice that conceived and designed the world-famous London Eye.
Onboard the British Airways i360 viewing pod is the Nyetimber Sky Bar, the most unique bar in the UK, serving the finest drinks from the region including award-winning Nyetimber sparkling wine, Brighton Gin and tonics, Harvey’s Ale from Lewes, Wobblegate Apple Juice from Bolney and South Downs water.
The British Airways i360 pod can be hired for exclusive use and makes a spectacular venue for private parties, product launches, and client entertaining.
For more information and tickets www.britishairwaysi360.com
Photos courtesy of British Airways i360