Seeing London’s famous landmarks from above is an experience you won’t forget, with panoramic views across the city.
The London skyline is ever changing due to rapid building – and the plethora of cranes signal that this trend isn’t slowing. It seems like every time you look up there’s a new building battling for attention on London’s skyline.
Some of the best views of London can be seen from above – London is truly a magnificent city to see from the sky.
Some of the best views in London to see from above include:
The Shard instantly became an icon as the tallest building in Western Europe and is seen by many as a modern symbol for the city of London. Surely nothing can be as glamorous as flying around The Shard’s glittering facade on a private helicopter tour.
A British cultural icon and symbol of Great Britain, Big Ben is just breathtaking to see from the sky. You will feel like you are on the set of a James Bond film as you look down on the world famous clock tower.
The London Eye
Europe’s tallest ferris wheel, The London Eye has become a London landmark since opening in 1999. This famous landmark now provides the backdrop to London’s New Year fireworks, with images of the wheel being projected across the world during the breath-taking display. The London Eye is already positioned for stunning views of the city, but you can take that one step further in a private helicopter with unrivalled views from above on a London Buzz private helicopter tour.
Vertigo 42 is a 360-degree champagne bar in the City – seats are perched at more than 400 ft high, at the top of Tower 42. This bar quite literally offers the height of luxury with sweeping views of the skyline. Now imagine looking down on this spectacular building from a helicopter – in a helicopter the views really are paramount and superior to even the most luxurious sky bar.
The summit of this grassy hill offers some spectacular views across London. In a helicopter you will be able to view all the people sat at the top of the hill taking in the view while you look across at the view from the vantage point of a much higher angle.
What better way to see the most famous bridge in the world than from the sky? Feeling like you are in the middle of chase scene straight out of a film, swoop past the bridge towers on a London Sights tour. Maybe you will be lucky enough to fly over the bridge when the bascules are raised – on one of the of the 1,000 times per year this happens.
The iconic South Bank landmark, the OXO Tower offers panoramic views of the London skyline. Look down on the red neon letters of the OXO sign from a private helicopter and make sure you have your camera at the ready take some impressive photos!
Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, Sushi Samba offers 360 degree panoramic views of London. Look out for the floor to ceiling glass windows and glass lifts. Sushi Samba think their views are unparalleled, but we would argue they are beaten in a helicopter!
The Sky Garden is located at 20 Fenchurch Street, a sky-scraper also known as ‘the walkie talkie’ due to its unique shape. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden. This skyscraper also features top-floor restaurant with enormous panes of glass for a breathtaking view. Looking down at the greenery of the Sky Garden from a private helicopter in an otherwise concrete skyline will certainly be a novelty.
Up at the O2
Up at The O2 is an experience that takes you on a guided expedition over the roof of The O2 arena via a fabric walkway. At the summit, there is an observation platform where you can take in spectacular views of London. This is clearly an exhilarating experience, but we can take you one step further as you look down on those people climbing the famous structure from the sky.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture and the world’s longest, fastest and tallest tunnel slide. The Orbit is an iconic symbol of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London 2012 Games. Flying above it you can view the sweeping panorama of the city and the local area with its meadows, wetlands and waterways. The red super-structure, the spiral stairs, steel canopy and the highly polished steel mirrors in the upper viewing platform make up a spectacular sight to see from the sky.
A unique, exhilarating tour of London from the sky will leave you with memories that will stay with you long after you have landed. There really is no better way to view the London skyline than in a private helicopter.