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London City Airport.

London City Airport, London

April 2016                                                                                     Jump to London 2015 postings.

Arrivederci Firenze. We leave Florence and embark on a 2½ hours flight to our next destination, London City Airport (LCY). We had previously been to the observatory deck of the Shard on the 72nd floor and noticed planes making turns around it to start their descend into LCY. We tought this would be a great way to get a magnificent view of London. We booked seats on the right hand side of the plane to get the best view. On City Jet’s Avro RJ85 aircraft, avoid seats nos. 5-10 as your view will be partially obstructed by the jet engines. Seats nos 1-4 would be best as you avoid blurred images caused by the heat trail of the engines.

A short while after taking off from Florence, we were rewarded with fantastic views of the iced-capped Alps against the deep blue sky. Crossing the French coastline later, our plane flew over the White Cliffs of Dover proceeding North. Presumably, at the mouth of River Thames, the plane turned towards central London where it made a final right turn around the Shard and started its final approach into LCY.

London City Airport.

Ice-capped Alps.

London City Airport.

White cliffs of Dover and the Dover Ferry Terminal. You’ll still be able to get a glimpse the French coast from inside the plane at this point.

London City Airport.

English township from above. The heat trail of the engines blurs the upper portion of the photo.

True to my expectations, we got great views of London from above. The Shard, Monument, Gherkin, Sky Garden, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, City Hall were all within clear sight. Leaving central London, we flew pass Canary Wharf, over the O2, Emirates cable car and finally when the Thames Barrier were to our right, the plane was into its short final. What an incredible tour of London within a few minutes. Definitely a photographer’s delight with most of the photo spots captured into a single frame. We’ve purposely chosen to get into London City Airport instead of the other airport just for this. Worth every cent of the €78 ticket.

We know it isn’t an easy landing into LCY as it requires tight turns, bumpy rides and short runway. Anyway, thanks to the pilots for their nerve of steel and the many hours of training they undergo to bring us in safely.

London City Airport.

Our plane making a turn around the Shard. HMS Belfast, City Hall and Tower Bridge clearly visible.

London City Airport.

London icons. The Monument, Gherkin, Sky Garden, Shard, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. All in a single frame ….. nothing beats this.

London City Airport.

The O2 and the Emirates cable car right underneath.

London City Airport.

Thames barrier close-by to London City Airport.

London City Airport.

Our aircraft safely parked in LCY.

London City Airport.

Passport control straight ahead.

If you would like to see a cockpit view of an approach into LCY, see it below :

Our chosen mode of transport in London, by convenience is by tube. We’ve calculated our transport expenses will be more than £30. Thus we opted for a 7 day anytime, zones 1-2 Travelcard at £32.40 loaded into an Oyster card. The Oyster card itself cost £5 (refundable). Since we are now in London City Airport which is in zone 3, we need to ‘top-up’ £1.70 to enable us to cross into London zones 1-2. You can get your Oyster card at their counter just after exiting arrival hall to your right just before going up the escalator to the DLR tube station. The counter only accept card payments.

London City Airport.

Oyster cards for our tube rides.

Our hotel is in Pread Street, Paddington and we require 2 change of tube lines. 1st change was at Canning Town for the Jubilee line to Baker Street and then onto the Bakerloo line for Edgware station. For our flight home from Heathrow, we’ve purchased advanced tickets for the Heathrow Express @ £8.80. We will be taking the Heathrow Express from the Paddington train station which is about 10 minutes walk from our hotel.

London City Airport.

Heathrow Express ticket cost much cheaper when purchased in advanced and even more cheaper when travelling on weekends.

London City Airport.

DLR tube map.

London City Airport.

London City Airport DLR tube station. Consider the DLR as an extension of the tube line, even the great length of its track is not underground.

Tune Hotels, Paddington.

Tune Hotels, Paddington. Our accommodation for five nights.

London City Airport.

So where is LCY compared to LHR ? Click to enlarge.

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