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How to Travel Around London in Luxury

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London has been a city of wealth and extravagance since the courts of the Middle Ages. Whether your party includes six hundred guests or you’re looking for an intimate trip for two, here is a guide to travelling around the capital in the utmost luxury.

Sailing tours

Can there be a more breathtaking way of experiencing London’s scenery than by boat? Hire a luxury vessel and glide down the Thames for an unforgettable view of the capital’s major landmarks, including London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

If you have a large party, many options are at your disposal. Sail through the heart of London in a tall ship while enjoying a banquet of luxurious dishes inspired by London’s maritime heritage, or cruise at a leisurely pace in a paddle steamer, savouring the view and the canapes at once. The choice is entirely yours.

If you want to travel in a smaller, more intimate craft, consider hiring a Venetian water limousine for a cruise. These exquisitely crafted boats are available for daytime sightseeing or for romantic night sails down the river and provide regular charter services to VIPs.

Luxury train travel

Enjoy a truly remarkable day trip from London by train. Relax in carriages ordinarily reserved for royalty and visiting heads of state, richly decorated in period 1920s style to reflect the era in which they were first built.

Take afternoon tea in an opulent vintage parlour while speeding through the English countryside, or enjoy a full meal of seasonal British ingredients paired with the finest wine.

Sightseers won’t be able to resist a luxurious excursion to richly historic and royal houses, such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House and Sandringham. If you’re visiting London and you want to visit some of the UK’s most beautiful locations including Cambridge, Ely and York will likewise be delighted by the service on board a luxury train.

This unusual means of travelling to and from London is bound to give you an experience you’ll never forget.

Helicopter tours

A private helicopter tour provide a view of London that is worthy of the Duke of Cambridge himself. Sightseeing, like most of life’s pleasures, is better done with a glass of champagne. Join us for a private helicopter tour of the London skyline and feast your eyes on marvels of contemporary architecture like the Shard alongside the age-old majesty of the Tower of London.

Your private helicopter pilot will take you and up to five fortunate guests on an aerial trip from west to east London. You’ll be soaring a thousand feet in the air, with such landmarks as Buckingham Palace and London Bridge visible beneath you.

Finally, after alighting at our heliport, why not conclude your evening with champagne at an exclusive London bar for a truly VIP experience.

There’s no need to order a taxi to travel home after your private helicopter flight as our elegant Mercedes fleet is at your disposal. Allow our chauffeurs to escort you and up to five passengers from your hotel to the heliport and back again in sumptuous style.

Custom tours

If you find pre-arranged tours tiresome and would rather travel exactly to your own specifications, you may wish to consider a custom tour. Many of London’s most premier travel companies offer luxury tours personally tailored to your every requirement, using their expertise to curate a unique experience.

The choice is yours with personalised luxury London tours, including:

  • A sightseeing tour designed for your specific interests and time frame, which enables you to bypass the queues
  • A shopping tour, guided by an expert personal shopper who knows globally famous shops and London’s secret gems equally well
  • A business tour for exclusive clients, with fine dining and exclusive access to many of London’s most iconic locations

The London Helicopter – supporting London’s Air Ambulance

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Helicopters are versatile vehicles – not only can you hire one of our helicopters to see the best view of London in the lap of luxury, but vitally, helicopters in London are also used to save lives.

The London Helicopter are proud supporters of London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured patients in London. In fact – we will match any donation you make to London’s Air Ambulance.

Like The London Helicopter pilots, London’s Air Ambulance’s crew complete rigorous training and testing to ensure that safety is paramount and they can offer a world-class service.

If you, a family member or friend had a serious injury and are in urgently need life-saving treatment, you would be eternally grateful to London’s Air Ambulance.

However, many people are shocked to find out that London’s Air Ambulance is a charity and needs charitable donations to be able to deliver it’s life-saving work. In fact, all air ambulances in the UK are run by charities, meaning there is a price tag on this vital emergency service.

A survey last year revealed that only a third of people know that London’s Air Ambulance is a charity! Everyone sees it as a crucial emergency service and assume it will be there for them if needed, yet people don’t realise it will only continue to exist if people continue to donate and raise money to continue this essential service.

What does London’s Air Ambulance do?

London’s Air Ambulance provides pre-hospital medical care to the 10 million people that live, work and travel within the M25. The team, which at all times includes an advanced trauma doctor and paramedic, perform advanced medical interventions normally only found in the hospital Emergency Department, in time critical, life threatening situations. They can perform open chest surgery to restart the heart or give general anaesthetic or blood at the roadside to save a life.

How does London’s Air Ambulance benefit the patient?

The advanced trauma team will be airborne within 4 minutes of activation and can reach anywhere in London within 11 minutes, meaning that the service can be at a patient’s side providing life-saving treatment in under 15 minutes. By providing advanced pre-hospital care as quickly as possible at the scene, London’s Air Ambulance is able to give critically injured patients the best care possible, improving not only their chances of survival but quality of life afterwards.

London’s Air Ambulance has provided pre-hospital care in London for 29 years, helping more than 38,000 patients. Some patients simply would not have survived without their pre-hospital intervention.

A helicopter is much faster than an ambulance by road as it is less dangerous to travel at a high speed in the air. The helicopter can move as the crow flies and is largely uninhibited by events on the ground.

How many
air ambulance incidents will there be today?

We are in awe of London’s Air Ambulance service and the heroes on board who treat an average of 5 seriously injured patients every 24 hours.

Where does the money donated go?

When you donate to a charity it is always interesting to see where your pounds will go. The monetary donations for London’s Air Ambulance couldn’t be more valued:

✅ Just £1.75 could buy a pair of scissors which could speedily cut through a patient’s clothing, making sure they get the fastest possible treatment

✅ Just £6 could buy a blast bandage to immediately dress an amputation or large wound

✅ £20 helps keep the helicopters in the air and the rapid response cars on the ground

✅ £65 buys a pelvic splint to reduce bleeding and pain in that area

✅ £395 buys a fire retardant flight suit keeping a crew member safe

✅ £460 buys a Thomas Pack containing drugs and equipment

✅ £1,700 could pay for a mission that saves someone’s life

We match any money you donate through The London Helicopter, so the charity gets double the amount of money, for double the impact.

Where’s the closest London’s Air Ambulance charity shop to me?

As well as donating money towards the vital needs of the service, with the huge benefit of The London Helicopter matching your donation, you can also help the charity by supporting London’s Air Ambulance charity shop in Whitechapel.

London’s Air Ambulance shop situated in The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel sells London’s Air Ambulance merchandise which you can buy to support and publicise the cause. You can also volunteer your time by working in the shop.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, sums up how essential this service is:

‘London’s Air Ambulance delivers a vital service for those who have been critically injured in the capital, but it relies on donations to provide its life-saving assistance. From helicopters to medical equipment, the public’s generosity means this charity has been able to give emergency care to Londoners’.

With your help, we can continue to support this essential emergency care service.

The best places to watch the London Marathon 2018

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If you know a London Marathon runner, you will know that the nerves have begun to kick in with only a few days until race day.

A record number of people applied to run the London Marathon this year – the highest number of applicants for any marathon in the world. It looks set to be the bigger than ever, with record amounts of money being raised for charity.

Watching the marathon on television just isn’t the same – if you want to absorb the electric atmosphere, and cheer on the runners you need to find a good vantage point. Drinks stations and live music will be lined up along the marathon route to provide the crowds with refreshments and add to the community spirit.

What time does the London Marathon start?

  • 8.55am – the elite wheelchair athletes race
  • 9am – the World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
  • 9.15am – the elite women’s race
  • 10am – the elite men’s race

The main body of the race ‘the mass race’ follows behind these times and the Queen will push the button at 10am from Windsor Castle to start the mass race this year.

What is the London Marathon 2018 route?

The start line is in Blackheath, then the runners go through Charlton and Woolwich and then through the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The runners then pace over the River Thames at Tower Bridge.

The race then passes through the east end of London, past Canary Wharf before approaching the Embankment and finishing on The Mall alongside St James’ Park.

If you want to see the whole of the historic route, a helicopter is by far the greatest place to view it from. There are so many famous London landmarks on the marathon route that you can see from the air, including Buckingham Palace at the marathon finish line.

Where are the best viewing spots along the London Marathon 2018 route?

Choosing on where to view the runners is a tough decision, simply because there is so much choice!

If you want to get a taste of the London Marathon atmosphere but you are not watching out for anyone in particular, then the areas with live music and entertainment will provide a great vibe. However, these areas become very crowded which would be frustrating if you were looking out for friend or family member.

If you want to soak up the carnival atmosphere try:

  1. The 6 mile mark – in 2018 for the first time, the Cutty Sark will be open to members of the public to enjoy one of the most amazing views of the runners from the main deck
  2. The 11 mile mark – with large crowds around Rotherhithe Station area
  3. The 12/13 mile mark – Tower Bridge is the most famous area for spectators and television crews, so also by far the busiest. There will be an electric atmosphere for those seeking a party vibe!

The usually popular 15 mile mark viewing spot at Heron Quay roundabout and the 18 mile mark on Marsh Wall and the  will not be available due to building works this year.

  1. The 17 mile mark – this is the perfect spot if you have children with you as Mudchute Farm is nearby and there are smaller crowds than other popular areas
  2. The 18 mile mark – Canary Wharf – less crowds but you can still soak up the atmosphere and with the choice of many bars, restaurants and cafes
  3. The 23 mile mark – Tower Hill – be prepared for noise, as this is the London Marathons official cheering zone!
  4. Mile 25 – the live music zone will be around near The Strand area and Waterloo Bridge

It is worth noting that the race doubles back on itself between Mile 13 and Mile 14 and again between Miles 21 and 22, so at these points you will be able to see the runners twice.

Where is the best place to watch a friend or family member run the London marathon?

If you are watching the race to support someone that you know, it is best to head to a quieter area so that they can see you and you can give them that extra support and motivation when they need it:

  • The 8 mile point – Evelyn Street/ Deptford.
  • The 16 mile point – Westferry Road – the runners will be likely feeling the pain at this point so will need to hear your encouragement
  • The 20 mile point – Poplar High Street – this is a much quieter area so a great place if you want your particular runner to see a friendly face and hear your distinct voice to spur them on!

Best places to eat and drink along the London Marathon route 2018

If you don’t fancy running, the pubs and bars in London will be heaving with customers, but this creates a memorable celebratory atmosphere. After all, cheering is thirsty work, too!

You can choose from relaxed pubs for an informal beer where you may spot an exhausted runner after the race having that first pint or sophisticated and luxurious venues for those who want to commemorate the day and treat themselves:

This pub full of period features is right opposite the Cutty Sark – a landmark on the route –  and the runners will run right past you

Enjoy a special marathon brunch at Boisdale of Canary Wharf and enjoy brunch with champagne or a bloody mary as you watch the runners go by. This place provides a little bit of luxury – there is even an oyster bar and a cigar terrace

If you choose an outside table you will be able to raise a glass to the runners as they pass over Tower Bridge

Gordon Ramsay’s gastropub has a special marathon menu for the day and drinking stations for you to enjoy as you cheer the runners on

Where can I get free food if I’m running the London Marathon 2018?

If you are running in the marathon this year, there are many London bars, pubs and eateries that want to congratulate you. Just show your medal and you will be given a variety of freebies. Here are just a few:

  • Free burger

Not only will Mac & Wild give runners a free burger for their post race protein and carb fix, but the burger is award-winning itself! In 2017 the Veni-Moo burger was voted London’s best burger

  • Free kebab

If you show your medal at Bababoom you will receive a free Middle Eastern kebab on Marathon day and also the day after the race. The food here is healthy with an innovative and fresh take on traditional kebabs. They are also running Medal Mondays, which includes a free side with every kebab when you bring your medal in to the restaurant

  • Free pizza

Franco Manca is gifting London Marathon medal holders with a free pizza on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd April at all of its pizzerias around London

  • Free drink

Skylon restaurant is offering all medal holders a free drink with a spectacular view of London. After running the marathon and then looking over the City sipping a celebratory tipple you really will feel on top of the world.

We have all gasped at those heroes running for charity in chainmail and armour, antique diving suits or walking telephone boxes – there was once even a man with a fridge on his back! So head over to one of the locations on the London Marathon route this Sunday – the runners deserve and need the support of the crowd to push them past the proverbial wall and on to the finish line and you can enjoy yourself at the same time!

For those of you who are running the London Marathon, good luck from The London Helicopter!

Support London’s Air Ambulance

We are delighted to support London’s Air Ambulance, helping to extend the reach of their lifesaving missions across London. The London Helicopter will match your donation to double its impact.