Walking towards The London Helicopter office, I was filled with a mixture of nerves and excitement. I’d never been on a helicopter before so I was a bit apprehensive, but I also knew that taking a helicopter flight over London was a once in a lifetime opportunity which I wanted to enjoy and make the most of.
London has been one of my favourite cities for as long as I can remember. I love the architecture, the mix of different cultures, the history and the fact that there’s always something to do.
Kate from The London Helicopter greeted me at the door and instantly made my nerves disappear with her warmth and willingness to answer any questions I had about the flight. And, after a short briefing where we were taught what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency, I slipped into a life vest and made my way out to the helipad.
In the helicopter, I was helped into my seat and handed a set of headphones so that I could communicate with the other passengers and listen to the commentary from the pilot and before I knew it we were climbing to more than a thousand feet.
We headed West down The Thames then, after a u-turn over Putney, began the tour heading East along the river, taking in the views of some of London’s most famous landmarks.
I had no time to feel nervous; every spare second I had was spent taking photos and resisting the urge to squeal in excitement as we flew over St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
The flight also took me past The Tower of London and the National Maritime Museum, which looked stunning from the sky.
Then, past Tower Bridge and The Shard before descending to just 500 feet over the London Eye!
A full-list of the landmarks on the route I took over London can be found on The London Helicopter website.
Seeing London from the sky was a fantastic experience and I felt safe the entire time knowing I was in the capable hands of our very knowledgeable pilot.
With prices from £129 – £200 per person, a helicopter tour of London isn’t the cheapest way to go sightseeing but it’s definitely the most exciting way to see all of the capital’s landmarks in one go and get a bird’s eye view of this beautiful city.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of The London Helicopter. However, a positive review was not requested and all opinions and photos are my own.