From today there’s a new way for visitors to experience the capital – aboard The London Helicopter.
Flying from the Barclays London Heliport in Battersea, the service will provide regular sight-seeing flights over central London at a height of just over 1,000 feet (which means that you can wave to the people visiting the Shard as you pass by). The route will take in areas from Putney in the west to Greenwich in the east, which each flight lasting around twenty minutes or so.
Chris Mann, the Managing Director of The London Helicopter says:
We’re thrilled to be launching the first London based helicopter sightseeing service from London’s only Heliport. Joining the likes of New York, Las Vegas and Cape Town makes us enormously proud.
Bookings for flights are being taken from today, although of course there is always a caveat to these things – prices start at £199 per person for the trip, so this is clearly aimed at the more well-heeled visitor to London. Despite the high cost I suspect that this will be a very popular addition to London’s sight-seeing options, because previously you had to pick up the service at the company’s base over in Redhill – being able to fly from Battersea will make this much more attractive to people who are staying in the centre of town.