With a city stretching over 607 square miles, one could easily spend years upon years wandering around London's many streets, and still not see all that there is to see. But by going on a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour around central London, you will not only realize just how massive the English capital really is, but also view London in an entirely new light.

The London Helicopter Tour is the only helicopter tour company to fly over London from a central location, and has been departing from The London Heliport in Battersea since 2013.

The company offers three different tours around central London, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the city from 1,000 feet in the air. While you stare down at London's many landmarks and attractions like The Shard, The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, the helicopter pilot will be pointing out all the different sites you can expect to see during your tour; and on a clear day, you'll even be able to make out the thousands of tiny cars as they make their way through London's many winding streets.


London Helicopter Tour, Battersea check in London Helicopter Tour, Buckingham Palace. By James Cridland
London Helicopter Tour, Houses of Parliament. By James Cridland London Helicopter Tour, check in London Helicopter Tour, pilot. By James Cridland

London Helicopter Tour Highlights

The London Helicopter Tour offers three different routes, all of which vary in length and price:

The London Buzz tour takes visitors from Chelsea to London Bridge during 12 minutes of flight time, and some of the many landmarks and attractions you can expect to see during the flight include:

  • Clapham Junction
  • Stamford Bridge
  • Olympia
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Hyde Park
  • Battersea Park
  • The Battersea Power Station
  • The Oval Cricket Ground
  • The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Marble Arch
  • Trafalgar Square
  • The London Eye
  • The British Museum
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • 30 St. Mary Axe (AKA The Gherkin)
  • The City of London's financial district
  • The Shard

The London Sights tour consists of 18 minutes of flight time, and includes all of the sites and landmarks covered in the London Buzz tour as well as:

  • The Wetland Centre Barnes
  • Craven Cottage
  • Hurlingham Park
  • City Hall
  • The Tower of London
  • The Tower Bridge
  • Canary Wharf

The London Max consists of 30 minutes of flight time, and covers all of the sites in both the London Buzz and London Sights tours as well as:

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • The Kew Bridge Steam Museum
  • Richmond Park
  • Hogarth’s House
  • Riverside Studios
  • Hurlingham Park
  • Westminster
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Blackheath
  • The Dome
  • The London City Airport
  • The Thames Barrier

Special Tips

  • If you're going on the tour with a loved one, you can always bring your own champagne bottle and glasses so you can make a toast before boarding your flight.
  • If you're on a strict budget but still hoping to save up for the tour, sign up for the London Helicopter Tour's e-mail list to snag the best deals.
  • And perhaps it may go without saying, but try to bring a good camera with an extra good lens/zoom!

Prices and Hours

Prices for the London Buzz tour are:

  • £150 per person (on a shared flight)
  • £750 for a private flight (maximum six people)

Prices for the London Sights tour are:

  • £200 per person (on a shared flight)
  • £1,000 for a private flight (maximum six people)

Prices for the London Max tour are:

  • £1,500 for a private flight only (maximum six people)