Today we hopped on board the ever-reliable Thameslink and ventured outside our urban dwelling for a traditional day at the Seaside in Brighton. Brighton is a beautiful seaside town famous for its pebble beach and Brighton Pier, an area with amusement arcades and attractions.
We started the day at the West Pier where we found ourselves boarding the BA I360. The British Airways I360 is an observation tower with a fully enclosed single glass viewing pod, similar to the London Eye. From the tower, we were able to see the brightly coloured houses and the street art of Brighton, the pier and beaches and many other natural beauty spots. As the I360 is a product of British Airways, one of the most famous airlines, the experience had many similarities to what you would expect on a flight, from the smart uniforms the staff wore to the security check before boarding. For 25 minutes we happily snapped photos and enjoyed the views.
From there we started our walking tour along the seafront, passing by the many fish and chip shops and stalls selling trinkets. Along the way, we saw the pier, the Volks Electric Railway, the Royal Pavilion and the Victoria Fountain. Then it was time for students to make their way to the Lanes and Churchill Shopping Centre for some retail therapy.
From Harry Potter books to Lego, we returned to London with heavier backpacks and emptier pockets.