High flying London
Posted on June 23rd, 2018
Last year I won, yes I won an Instagram competition to take a helicopter ride over London – I mean seriously… flying high London or what! It was, as I’ve said a tequila slamming moment, I was that happy! So here is a little recap of our amazing morning with VVB Aviation, the team who took us up up and away.
Flying over London
Due to bad weather and endless re-scheduling, the last minute call up was a frisson of excitement, but as they say “The best things in life are worth waiting for”, and this was one of those moments. Finally we were flying out of Elstree towards London. The sky was blue. The day was perfect.
We flew over the green golf courses of Hertfordshire (over my in laws ironically!) and towards East London and Stratford, site of the Olympic Park greeting us in beautiful sunshine.
What to Expect
Flying over London in a helicopter is so different from that of a plane coming into land at Heathrow. Even though you are flying at speed, it doesn’t feel quite as fast, taking in those key iconic sights of London.
Air traffic held us at Stratford, and honestly it’s the first time I was happy to be in a queue. It meant a circle or two, more photos, more views and anticipation of what was to come.
Seeing the City through the haze from a distance is a Metropolis moment. I wanted a bigger and better camera, at the same time I didn’t want to miss a thing through a lens, I wanted to absorb it all through my own eyes.
My city, my home, flying along, above the river thames looking down on life, the stunning architecture, London’s skyline looked so different, yet so familiar. The London parks I walk weekly – wow they looked so green. The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, my city loves. Before I landed I already wanted to go back up.
To fly or not to fly:
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it” Peter Pan
VVB Aviation are kindly offering LLW readers a discount on a London Tour. ENTER the code : VVB15 when booking. All bookings are subject to availability. Remember I waited a while for mine, but it was absolutely worth it.