A few days ago I reached a milestone birthday….the level of which I won’t go into details but suffice it to say it deserved a special celebration….my daughter came through with an amazing gift; a flight over London in The London Helicopter. Just awesome!!!
Flying with the London helicopter had been #1 on my wish list for ever such a long time and I never imagined that this was the birthday surprise. I had planned on being in London for Changing the Guard on the Queen’s birthday on 21 April, so figured I would book myself into a hostel in London for the night before my birthday as well…at which stage I still had no idea I was going on the helicopter….instead my daughter booked us a room in a hotel….which ironically turned out to be right next to the helipad……and as we arrived a helicopter was taking off, causing much excitement for me, and panic for her!! Especially when I immediately uploaded an image to facebook!! LOL
Had I guessed the surprise? Would I guess the surprise?…but no, it just didn’t enter my head that that was what she had planned. So, before someone on facebook spilled the beans, and before she spilled the beans…as soon as we had checked in she took me downstairs, stood me in front of the sign for The London Helicopter and gave me my voucher. I was thrilled to bits when I opened the envelope and realised that OMG!!!! we were going in the helicopter the very next day! In truth I was crying, laughing and jumping up and down all at the same time!!!
The 23rd, my birthday, dawned grey and cold, but by 11am the sun broke through and by the time of our flight at 1pm the sky was clear. I was chewing at the bit waiting for the time of take-off, we had breakfast and then headed over…way too early, but I was too excited to wait. We checked in, watched the safety video, slung on our safety harnesses, and cameras in hand we watched the helicopter land. Then without further ado we were ushered through the door onto the helipad, waved over and running beneath the rotors spinning above our heads, suddenly we were on board and ready for take-off. Of course I had to cause a bit of consternation…I dropped my camera under the seat and couldn’t retrieve it, so the pilot had to get the landing dude to come over and fish it out for me LOL….can’t take me anywhere!!
The flight was amazing. I adore London and to see the familiar landmarks, those many many places that I love so much, and to fly along above the River Thames was truly awesome.
We flew from Battersea to Greenwich, flying high over the city, spotting landmarks and familiar places, seeing the layout of the city, the green spaces, the many top attractions, and then back again. I was lucky enough to have a window seat so got to see all the landmarks going downstream and all the landmarks going upstream. Great views all round.
London from the air is just amazing. The whole flight was great and although it was the length of time it was meant to be, it was over in a flash…it seems like 5 minutes rather than the 20 minute flight we were booked on….it was over way too quickly for me. I actually said to the chap at reception “couldn’t the pilot fly any slower?”…his reply…”If he did, you would fall out the sky!” Uhhmm right! well then
The young man at reception was lovely, the ground flight attendants were friendly and the pilot was informative. Not at any stage at all during take-off, the flight, or landing did I feel unsafe or afraid. Fortunately for me I have no fear of heights and the higher the better in my opinion….I’m also a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of the flight.
Although we flew quite high, and personally I would have preferred to fly at a lower level, my favourite view was of The Shard, simply because it looked so amazing; quite surreal and almost an optical illusion….
I managed to record most of the flight…except when I was fiddling with my camera….I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did
Click here to find out more about The London Helicopter and go for a ride…..I for one can highly recommend it…..I am most certainly planning a 2nd trip and probably a 3rd…..It’s not cheap by any means, but as value for money….it was to me, worth it’s weight in gold. I am so planning to go again and again……as often as possible 😉
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