The capital from the air

Visitors to London could soon get a bird's eye view of the city when regular helicopter flights take off from the heliport in Battersea.

London from the air: Price comparison

The Shard behind the London Eye
The Shard behind the London Eye Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville

A new helicopter sightseeing tour over London launches today, giving visitors a unique view of the capital. But we've compared prices with some of London's other towering attractions. For two standard adult tickets on 6 July 2013, we got the following quotes:

LONDON EYE: £34.56 for 30 minutes

THE SHARD: £49.90 for 60 minutes

THE LONDON HELICOPTER: £398 for 20 minutes

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A view worth the price tag?

Aerial view over London
The view from the new helicopter service Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

London's first helicopter sightseeing tours have been launched over London today. Starting from the heliport at Battersea, visitors will be able to get an aerial view of the capital. But it comes at a price - the cost per person starts at £199.

Heli route takes in major landmarks

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The sightseeing helicopter route over London follows The River Thames Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

The sightseeing helicopter route over London follows The River Thames from Putney in the West to Greenwich in the East, climbing to over 1,000ft above the city's skyline. The flight will cover Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Shakespeares Globe Theatre and The Shard.

Famous sporting venues including Wembley, The Emirates and the Olympic Stadium are also visible from the route.

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It takes off at the heliport at Battersea Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

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