Incredible pictures capture London then – and now: Aerial photos document how the UK capital has grown remarkably in just 15 years

  • Aerial photography specialist Jason Hawkes has been taken pictures of London from above for a long time
  • Here we present then-and-now pictures he took between 2005 and 2007 – and recently in 2020 
  • Jason takes his pictures from between 750 and 2,450ft up – and often has just seconds to get his shot

What a difference 15 years makes.

Aerial photography specialist Jason Hawkes recently snapped a set of stunning images of London from a helicopter, matching the angles with photographs he took above the capital between 2005 and 2007.

His images show that in some areas the city has undergone dramatic changes – there’s now a rather lofty Shard skyscraper, Canary Wharf is becoming a forest of tall buildings and the King’s Cross area has truly flourished.

Jason, who takes his pictures from between 750 and 2,450ft up, told MailOnline Travel that his favourite view is ‘at dusk looking West through the City cluster with the Thames meandering in the background’.

He added: ‘My favourite building in the City of London is the Leadenhall, just love it. Around Battersea, Nine Elms and Vauxhall the whole area has completely transformed in the past few years. There the new U.S. Embassy by Kieran Timberlake looks just incredible to my eye. I’d love to visit it on the ground.’

Jason’s incredible then-and-now pictures of London are below – and can also be seen at The Changing Face of London exhibition at the New London Architecture gallery in Bloomsbury.


Views over the Old Royal Naval College to the Isle of Dogs taken in 2006 (left) and 2020 (right)

To see more of Jason’s incredible work visit his Instagram page and website

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