London from the air

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Our journey includes aerial photos taken by the author within 40Km of Heathrow Airport in Grid Square TQ0776. We start in the north east of the city, heading south and then following the Thames towards and beyond Heathrow. Most, but not all, of the flights from which these photos were taken started or finished at Heathrow.

The North East

The Lea Valley (also known as Lee Valley) Reservoirs dominate these photos. They not only provide a water supply to the city of London, but they also provide a home to a wide range of birds and have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as a result. The reservoirs are part of the Lee Valley Regional Park LinkExternal link .

TQ3287 : Lea Valley Reservoirs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3392 : Edmonton and the Lea Valley Reservoirs from the air by Thomas Nugent TL3703 : Cheshunt from the air by Thomas Nugent

The Olympic Games Site

The massive scale of this site is best appreciated from the air, well away from the hustle, bustle and disruption on the ground.

TQ3783 : 2012 Olympic Stadium from the air by Thomas Nugent
The River Lea and Hackney Marsh are visible beyond the stadium. Viewed from a Heathrow bound flight from Glasgow.
by Thomas Nugent
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TQ3982 : London Olympics site from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3784 : Olympic Games construction site from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3784 : Olympic Games construction site from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3681 : The Olympic Stadium from the air by Thomas Nugent


Docklands and The East End

Once the biggest docks in the world, London Docks closed in stages between the 1960s and 1980s, mainly as a result of containerisation which required larger ships, thus driving the trade further down the Thames.

TQ4182 : London City Airport from the air by Thomas Nugent
Looking over East Ham and Beckton towards the airport at Albert Dock. The Thames Barrier can be seen beyond the airport. Viewed from a Heathrow bound flight from Glasgow.
by Thomas Nugent


TQ4182 : Greenwich from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4081 : Greenwich from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4281 : London City Airport from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4180 : The East End from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4080 : Silvertown from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3883 : The River Lea and Greenwich from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3982 : Plaistow and the Thames from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3881 : Bromley from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3583 : Victoria Park from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3483 : Haggerston from the air by Thomas Nugent

Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier opened in 1984 following a 12 year construction period. It's job is to protect London from high tides and storm surges. Here is a LinkExternal link to the wikipedia article about the barrier.

TQ4179 : The Thames Barrier from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4279 : The Thames Barrier from the air by Thomas Nugent

Isle of Dogs and Greenwich

The most distinctive natural feature of the docklands is easily recognised from the air.

TQ3980 : The Millennium Dome and Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent
Viewed from a Heathrow bound flight from Glasgow.
by Thomas Nugent


TQ3880 : Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3979 : The Millennium Dome from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3979 : The Millennium Dome and Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3780 : Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3778 : Canary Wharf from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3779 : Canary Wharf and London Olympics site from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3879 : Canary Wharf from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3981 : The Lea and the Thames from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3780 : Canary Wharf from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3877 : Canary Wharf from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3980 : The Millennium Dome and Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3779 : Canary Wharf from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4080 : Leamouth and the Thames from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4080 : Leamouth and the Thames from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3981 : Leamouth and the Thames from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3683 : The Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3982 : The Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3779 : The Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3681 : Mile End and the Isle of Dogs from the air by Thomas Nugent

Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and Greenland Dock

This former docklands area in Southwark on the south bank is now mostly residential. Greenland Dock is the largest surviving dock on the south bank of the Thames.

TQ3678 : Rotherhithe from the air by Thomas Nugent
Greenland Dock is prominent in the centre. Taken from a Heathrow bound flight from Glasgow.
by Thomas Nugent


TQ3679 : Greenland Dock from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3678 : Rotherhithe from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3579 : Rotherhithe from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3479 : Bermondsey from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3578 : Rotherhithe and the City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent

Tower Bridge and The City of London

Tower Bridge is probably the most famous landmark in London, if not in the UK. Mistakenly known as London Bridge to many tourists, urban legend would have us believe that an American property developer thought that he had bought it in the late 1960s, when he had in fact bought the old London Bridge.

The City and the area around the south end of the bridge are home to some striking ancient and modern landmarks, namely St Paul's Cathedral, The Gherkin, The Shard and City Hall buildings, all of which can be seen in these photos.

TQ3281 : St Paul's Cathedral from the air by Thomas Nugent
Catching the only piece of sun on a generally overcast day. Taken from a Heathrow bound flight from Glasgow.
by Thomas Nugent
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TQ3380 : Tower Bridge and the Thames from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3379 : Tower Bridge and the City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3280 : The Shard and the Gherkin from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3280 : Thames bridges and the City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3380 : Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3380 : Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3379 : City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3280 : The Shard from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3682 : The City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3379 : The City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3379 : The City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent

South Of The River

South of the river gets a bad press, but it looks OK from the air.

TQ3174 : Brixton from the air by Thomas Nugent
Looking straight up Shakespeare Road from a London City bound flight from Glasgow.

The distinctive shape of Zaha Hadisd's Evelyn Grace Academy TQ3175 : Evelyn Grace Academy, Shakespeare Road can be sen to the left of centre.
by Thomas Nugent



TQ3177 : The Oval and Westminster from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3277 : South London and the City of London from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3177 : South and Central London from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ2876 : Battersea and the Thames from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ2777 : Battersea Park and Chelsea from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3077 : The Oval cricket ground from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3075 : Brixton from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3275 : Dulwich from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3575 : Nunhead Cemetery from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4274 : Eltham from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ4675 : Welling from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3079 : Lambeth from the air by Thomas Nugent TQ3278 : Elephant and Castle from the air by Thomas Nugent

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