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In pictures: a year in London life from above

Guy Parsons

Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes flies and photographs over London every week of the year, leaning out of the door of an AS355 helicopter. ‘It’s amazing how London keeps changing, and it’s a great privilege to fly over the city documenting this,’ says Hawkes. He's kindly shared some of his favourite views over the city from the past year below – follow him on Twitter at  @jasonhawkesphot and view more of his dizzying work at

Winter dawn over the City of London: 

 A winter's night alongside The Shard – can you spot the sightseers at The View from the Shard gallery?

The View from the Shard. Photo: Jason Hawkes

A late night's work at the News UK building, home of The Times and The Sun:

The News Building, London Bridge. Photo: Jason Hawkes

Seating at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2015:

Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Photo: Jason Hawkes

A hazy morning over London – see Arsenal's former and current stadiums in the foreground:

Crowds at Field Day Festival, June 6 2015:

Crowds at Field Day Festival 2015, Victoria Park, Hackney, London. Photo: Jason Hawkes

Fireworks at the Beating the Retreat parade, Horse Guards Parade, June 2015: 

Beating the Retreat, Horseguards Parade, 2015. Photo: Jason Hawkes

The Queen (we assume) hosts a tea party in the gardens of Buckingham Palace:

A garden party at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Jason Hawkes

Blue skies over the city:

 Sunset looking west over the West End:

Londoners enjoy some summer sun on the steps of Granary Square, King's Cross:  

Granary Square, Kings Cross. Photo: Jason Hawkes

Families playing in the Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park:

Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Jason Hawkes

Autumnal colour in Kensington Gardens:

Autumnal colour in Kensington Gardens, London. Photo: Jason Hawkes

The new US Embassy under construction along the banks of the Thames:

 A single tree on the Sushisamba terrace (near the top of the Heron Tower) turns red for autumn: 

SUSHI-SAMBA restaurant at Heron Tower / 110 Bishopsgate. Photo: Jason Hawkes

Pedestrians queue to get into Oxford Circus tube station:

Oxford Circus tube station. Photo: Jason  Hawkes

 Annual funfair Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, December 2015:  

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park. Aerial photo by Jason Hawkes

Busy traffic at Piccadilly Circus:

Piccadilly Circus from above. Photo: Jason Hawkes

 Skaters on the ice at Somerset House:

Skating at somerset house. Photo: Jason Hawkes

The Olympic Stadium, which will soon be home to West Ham football club, and behind it, the Orbit, which will soon be a giant slide:

Olympic Stadium, Stratford, London. Photo: Jason Hawkes

2,000ft over Bank and the City of London: 

2000ft over Bank and the City of London.

Thanks to Jason Hawkes for the images.

Quiz: can you name these cities from their aerial photos?

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