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The Ultimate Guide to the London Helicopter Tour

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Price: £150

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Time Needed: 1 hour

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.

 

Bettersea view from Helicopter
Helicopter Tour Buckingham Palace view
Helicopter tour view of Houses of Parliament
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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

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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.

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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.

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And perhaps it may go without saying, but try to bring a good camera with an extra good lens/zoom!

Getting There

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Address

1 The POD Building, Bridges Ct, Battersea, London SW11 3BE, United Kingdom (See map).

The Heliport for the London Helicopter Tour is based out of Battersea in Bridges Court.

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By Tube

If you are travelling by tube, the nearest stations are Vauxhall (via the Northern and Victoria lines), or Sloane Square (via the Circle and District lines). From both stations you will have to take a 15-minute taxi to the Heliport, which will cost anywhere from £12 to £15.

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By Bus

If you are travelling by bus, you can reach the Heliport via route 170, and get off on Lombard Road (which is just a few steps away from the Heliport).

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By Train

If you are travelling by train, the nearest station is Clapham Junction, which is a ten-minute walk away. From here, you can also get a taxi to the Heliport, which costs around £5.

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By Car

If you are travelling by car, be aware that there are no car parks at the Heliport. Although you may luck out and find parking on Edith Yard, Townmead Road or at the Battersea Reach Car Park, the use of public transport is highly recommended.

Visiting the London Helicopter Tour

Try to dress as comfortably as possible, and avoid wearing any large or bulky clothing.

All passengers are allowed to bring their phone, mini-Pad or a reasonably sized camera on board so they can take photos or videos during the trip; however all devices must be kept in flight mode for the duration of the flight.

All visitors must check in on-line no later than 24 hours before the scheduled flight time via an e-mail booking confirmation link. Please read the e-mail confirmation carefully before your visit as it will explain what to bring with you on the day of your flight, and what type of documents you will need in order to check-in.

Make sure you arrive at the Heliport 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time, otherwise you will not be allowed to board the flight and will not be given a refund.

Once you enter the building you will need to check-in with the receptionist who will then scan your passport, driver’s license or national ID card. (If you do not bring a proper photographic ID with you during your visit, you will not be allowed to board the flight). You will also have to provide your full name, weight and date of birth.

Before boarding the helicopter, all visitors will be taken to a lounge where they can grab a free tea, coffee or water before watching a brief safety video. There are free locker facilities available to store your personal belongings, and you can take the locker key with you on board.

Before you board the helicopter, will be given a small lifejacket, and the ground crew will help you get secured into your seat. You will also be provided with large headphones so you can hear the pilot as he points out the various landmarks during your flight. Once you’ve returned and landed safely on the ground, the ground crew will help you get out of your seat and off of the helicopter.

All visitors may be searched upon arrival, and those with mobility issues, epilepsy and heart conditions, or women who are pregnant, should seek advice from their doctor beforehand to see if they are in well enough condition to fly.

Be aware that you will not be allowed to bring any of the following with you during the flight:

  • lighters or matches
  • flammable liquids
  • acid, poison, bleach or explosives
  • incapacitating sprays
  • ignitable gas devices or compressed gas

Visitors may be refused entry onto the helicopter if they are acting drunk or under the influence of drugs, and will not be given a refund.

Be aware if the weather is poor or if there is a low demand for your selected flight, the tour may need to be rescheduled.

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)

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