British Airways i360, on Brighton seafront, will allow visitors to glide up to the height of 450ft in a glass viewing pod for views across the south coast during 20-minute ‘flights’.
In the evening, the attraction will turn into the Nyetimber Sky Bar offering 30-minute ‘flights’ and drinks.
The pods, each of which is 10 times the size of a London Eye capsule and can carry up to 200 people, or 192 if catering is served, are available for private hire.
Bookings for the attraction’s beach-side conference, meetings and events facilities, with rooms accommodating between 10 and 1,000 guests, will be taken from September. The rooms have sea views and open onto a private beach-side terrace.
The 400-seat Belle Vue restaurant and the West Pier Tea Room, housed in a reconstructed tollbooth, will open at a later date, yet to be announced.
The tower, situated at the landward end of Brighton’s West Pier, was designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the team behind the London Eye.
Lynne Embleton, British Airways director of strategy and Gatwick managing director, said: "British Airways i360 is now ready for take-off and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors on board.
Tickets cost from £13.50 for adults and £6.75 for children, with under fours free.
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