Yup, as weird as it sounds. Dangling from that crane there is a dinner table, and on Thursday that’s where I had lunch! The experience is being brought to Brighton by British Airways, and offers access to a ‘pop up’ Beach Lounge plus a very special experience to dine in the sky at 100ft.
We met at the pop up beach lounge for drinks first, then we were strapped into our seats and after a quick safety chat we were hoisted into the air! I was worried I might lose a shoe or more importantly my camera, but everything stayed put, including the wine glasses and napkins!
It was such a surreal experience, and you can try it out too… Have a look at the #BABeachside Facebook page here for details. In a nutshell, you need to get a lucky stick of Brighton rock from one of the British Airways stewards/esses who are strolling along the beach front and city centre handing them out, and if you’re lucky yours will have a ticket for a ‘flight’ in it! It’s happening every day till Tuesday, with a different country ‘hosting’ each day, so the food will be different daily! If you don’t get a ticket then your stick of rock entitles you entry to the amazing pop up ‘beach lounge’, which is where I left Sam and Athena whilst I dined! There was a bar, a DJ, nibbles and giant games to play, plus a plastic horse…
Once we’d reached our altitude we tucked into the Italian themed lunch that had been prepared for us, which was Chicken stuffed with spinach and ricotta, served on a bed of risotto. I approved, sprinkled with pepper and ate in between taking pictures of the coast and the city…
the view to east and to the west…
During the flight, which lasted about half an hour, we were slowly rotated so we could see a birds eye view of the city! I was lucky to be sat at the head of the table, plus the chairs we were securely strapped into swivelled for those of us brave enough to do so!
We had a lovely air hostess to keep us informed, and we sang happy birthday to one chap too… and then before I knew it we were descending back down to earth… (we were given a cocktail on ‘landing’ though!)
I spy a husband and a baby… once reunited I thought I’d introduce Athena to her first (plastic, hard hat wearing) horse!
If you’re in Brighton over the bank holiday weekend, definitely go and grab a stick of rock, and maybe even dine in the sky too! Check out the #BABeachside twitter tag for peoples pictures and reactions too!
Would you be happy to dine in the sky? Or do you prefer to chow down with your feet firmly on the ground?