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The year in London from above, as seen by the Met Police helicopter

Posted at 5:15 pm, December 19, 2013 in Photos of London
Fireworks, London Eye, New Year's Eve [Photo: Metropolitan Police]

When the team in the Met Police’s Air Support Unit aren’t fighting crime from above, they like to capture views of the city for law-abiding folk to enjoy. Let’s look back at London’s 2013, as captured by the city’s chopper-based coppers, shall we?

Jan 1: Fireworks over the London Eye to  celebrate the New Year

NYE Fireworks Thames London

Jan 2: Passing by the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Feb 17: Westminster at night

Westminster and the Thames at night

Feb 21: The London Air Ambulance in its new livery

London Air Ambulance helipad

March 13: A snow shower bears down on the city

snow shower2

April 22: Runners in the London Marathon pass by the Tower of London

marathon ToL

May 4: May the fourth be with you – the camera catches Stormtroopers sightseeing on the London Eye

Stormtroopers on the London Eye

May 4: Later that day, this inverted sunset takes on a more ‘Independence Day’ feel

Upside-down sunset

May 27: The cops turn their camera to the moon, possibly as part of a crackdown on lunar crime

5am moon over London

June 2: The police keep an eye on the renegade Canalival, Regents Canal

canalival zoom out

And are especially admiring of this unofficial ‘police pedalo’:


June 8: The Red Arrows fly over London for Trooping the Colour

Red Arrows over London, Trooping the Colour 2013

July 3: Wimbledon’s tennis tournament is underway

Wimbledon 2013 Tennis Championship from above

And there’s a queue of dedicated fans:

Wimbledon queue

 July 6: The Rolling Stones rock Hyde Park

Rolling Stones, Hyde Park rolling stones hyde park

July 17: Alongside the Heron Tower – can you spot the Sushisamba bar terrace?

Heron Tower EC2

July 26: London basks in a summer heatwave

London from above, aerial photography

August 4: Riding above the clouds

Helicopter above the clouds

August 9: Straighten up and fly right – London City Airport’s single runway is surrounded by water

London City Airport

August 25: The Ashes take place at Oval Cricket Ground

Oval cricket ground

August 26: Revellers pack the streets at Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival zoom Notting Hill Carnival from above Aerial photography of Notting Hill Carnival

Sep 6: Looking down on England v Moldova at Wembley Stadium (we won 4-0!)

Wembley Stadium from above

Sep 7: Sun breaks through heavy rainclouds at daybreak

Storm and sunrise, London

Sep 29: Buzzing the Shard

The View of the View from the Shard


Nov 2: Infrared view of the fireworks over Blackheath Common

Blackheath Fireworks in infra-red

Nov 12: The view over Epping Forest in autumn

Epping Forest in autumn ,from above

December 2: The low winter sun over the city

Low winter sun London

December 8: Looking down over Seven Dials, Covent Garden

Seven Dials, Covent Garden, aerial photo

December 10: The skyline through the haze

Hazy London skyline black and white
December 10: A Christmas fair in Leicester Square

Leicester Square funfair

December 11: Fog envelops the city

Fog enveloping London shot by @mpsinthesky

Fog stuff

 See more breathtaking photos of the fog in London.

December 12: A hazy sunset over London

A hazy sunset over London

All credit to the team:

three choppers


MPS Helicopter Camera heli dog

Celebratory barrel roll!

chopper sideways

OK, too much:

stop it mps in the sky

River Police shout out:
mps on the water

Aaaand we’re done.

Follow @MPSinthesky for more lovely aerial photography – and updates on why they’re hovering over your neighbourhood.

Or for more gorgeous shots of the city, check these out:

40 festive photos of London looking Christmassy
23 dazzling photos of the fog enveloping London
London in the autumn, in pictures
25 super-cute photos of London’s animal life

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