Remember what I said about making up Bucket Lists as I go along? THIS is how it goes. I had no clue I wanted a helicopter ride to be part of my bucket list but a 20 minute ride with The London Helicopter later, I’m obsessed with the idea of gallivanting around the world in a chopper 🙂
One fine weekend, we found ourselves at the London Heliport for a ride in a helicopter. I love extreme roller coasters, so I was really looking forward to the experience. A short briefing later, Vid and I got into a shiny chopper. We were instructed to strap on our safety vests and put on noise-cancelling headphones and microphone which can be used to talk to other passengers – how cool. That’s when the real fun started – the blades of the helicopter started spinning at a furious pace and off we went.
The helicopter’s take off and landing are a tad bumpier that regular aircrafts. Going from ground level to 1200 ft in seconds was akin to sitting in a roller coaster ride. Other than that our 20 minute flight was really smooth. We felt like we were on our own magic flying carpet gliding through the clouds. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want one of those? 😉
Our convivial pilot pointed out all the prominent landmarks but I think I wasn’t really listening. I was too busy marvelling at how different they city I’ve grown to love looks from above. I spied the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace in all their resplendent glory, the London Ferry transporting dozens of passengers across the Thames, excited tourists at The London Eye, milling crowds at Trafalgar Square, spring colours at Greenwich Park, and so much more.
We took off from the London Heliport in West London and flew all the way to East London, following the meandering Thames river. To call it exhilarating would be an understatement – The London Helicopter is probably the most unique way to experience London. It’s the perfect way to escape the humdrum of everyday life. There’s only one complaint I have – it was too short. If I had my way, I would be in that helicopter for hours 🙂 Now sit back, relax, and enjoy these aerial images of our favourite city in the world !
Ok now who is gifting us a chopper for our travels? We promise to pull all sorts of stunts mid-air and send you photos. All you generous ‘uns, please stand up 😉
Have you ever been on a helicopter? What was your experience?
- A helicopter ride over London is definitely a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- A helicopter ride, especially take off and landing, is bumpier than a regular aeroplane. It might not be for you if you’re scared of heights or prone to dizziness/air sickness.
- A 20 minute ride with The London Helicopter costs £199/person. There are usually 4-6 people in a group. You can also opt for a private helicopter ride to celebrate a really special occasion. The London Helicopter frequently have special discounts and promotions. Keep an eye out for them 🙂
- More information on their website www.thelondonhelicopter.com
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