Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope — it’s aerial photographer Jason Hawkes, who has spent the last 25 years hanging out the side of helicopters around the globe, capturing incredible shots like the one above.
The aptly-named Hawkes flies over London most weeks, and has quite the bounty of breathtaking aerial photographs of the capital as a result. Here are some of our favourites from 2019.
Piccadilly Circus at Dusk
Pretty houses in Paddington
A bird’s-eye view of Buckingham Palace
Roof gardens at 33 King William Street (City of London)
A sunny day on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral
Canary Wharf at dusk, looking west to the City
People crossing the Millennium Bridge
BT Tower and views over the capital
Television Centre (Shepherd’s Bush)
Somerset House during a Film4 screening
The Shard and Canary Wharf
Roof garden at No. 1 Poultry (City of London)
Winter Wonderland and Mayfair
Dawn over the City of London
Dawn at London City Airport
Aerial view of Trafalgar Square
Over Kensington Palace & Gardens to Hyde Park
The London Eye at night
The new Tottenham Hotspur stadium
St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London
The terrace at Sky View Tower (Stratford)
Canal at Little Venice
Daybreak over the River Thames
The tip of The Gherkin and the construction of 22 Bishopsgate
Above The British Museum
Viking Sun Cruise Ship, docked at Greenwich
Early morning mist over St Paul’s, Southbank, and beyond to Battersea
Aerial shot of the City of London
Top of 1 Blackfriars (South Bank)
All images © Jason Hawkes.
Discover more of Jason’s work here.