Stunning Images Of London Snapped From A Passenger Jet

Stunning Images Of London Snapped From A Passenger Jet
The Shard and London Bridge station from above.
The Shard and London Bridge station from above. Image: Jason Hawkes

Photographer Jason Hawkes's preferred mode of transport is a helicopter, from which he captures some of the best aerial shots of London we've ever ogled.

Canary Wharf and The O2 shot from above
Canary Wharf and The O2 from above. Image: Jason Hawkes

On this occasion though, he's swapped the 'copter for the comfort of a British Airways passenger plane — photographing his return flight from London City Airport to Edinburgh.

Looking down on The O2 from above
Looking down on The O2. Image: Jason Hawkes

Hawkes chose his seats carefully (the two window seat in row three in the front of the cabin), putting all of our amateur-photos-from-a-passenger-jet to shame. No wheels or wings blocking the view here.

Aerial view of London Array - 175 wind turbines in the Thames Estuary
London Array - 175 wind turbines in the Thames Estuary. Image: Jason Hawkes

Hawkes also picked the time of his flight carefully — the UK capital is caught in a delicious golden glow, on his return from Scotland.

Flying over Creekmouth in east London
Flying over Creekmouth. Image: Jason Hawkes

Says Hawkes:

It was a very different experience altogether shooting from a British Airways aircraft... In the helicopter the doors are either taken right off or open, but in a standard aircraft the first thing you’ll have to deal with are reflections and glare from the window.

A gorgeous 'Golden hour' above the clouds
'Golden hour' above the clouds. Image: Jason Hawkes

Among Hawkes's tips to budding aerial photographers are: sit towards the front or the back of the aircraft for an unobstructed view; put your lens as close to the window as possible without touching it; and shoot in one of the golden hours, either the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset.

Tilbury Docks shot from above
Leith Docks, with Arthur's Seat in the background. Image: Jason Hawkes

Last Updated 22 October 2019