Lonely Planet Writer

London Helicopter packages show off city on way to Kew Gardens' picnic

Three new luxurious ‘Kew Gardens Picnic Packages’ have been launched by the London Helicopter Company.

Fancy a helicopter tour of London en route to a luxury picnic? Then you've come to the right place
Fancy a helicopter tour of London en route to a luxury picnic? Then you’ve come to the right place

They give customers the opportunity to view the English capital from the air while on their way for a deluxe picnic at the world-famous Kew Gardens.

Viewing London's Eye from above its lofty perch is an exhilarating experience for passengers
Viewing London’s Eye from above its lofty perch is an exhilarating experience for passengers

So how do you go about jumping onboard a London helicopter for this treat? Passengers are collected in the city centre and brought to the heliport to begin their birds-eye tour of London.

London as can be seen from the London helicopter trip on its way to Kew Gardens
London as can be seen from the London helicopter trip on its way to Kew Gardens

The tours showcase many of the capital’s historic and iconic sights. These include the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Shakespeare’s Globe. They then land to experience an elegant garden picnic at the Unesco World Heritage site in the botanical gardens.

Kew Gardens in London is to get a massive cash injection which is good news for botanic research and tourism
Kew Gardens in London is a Unesco World Heritage site. Image by Ghislain Mary / CC BY 2.0

It is a treat in itself to sit in such surroundings but there is  also the added attraction of a gourmet picnic on offer.

In fact, there are three Kew Garden Picnic Packages from which passengers can choose. As part of the first offer – the Deluxe Picnic Package – you spend 18 minutes on a London Sights flight, then you are brought to Kew Gardens for a picnic. The price for this exclusive day out for two is from £595 on a shared flight. The Luxury Picnic Package also includes the car transfer and an 18-minute flight before the transfer to Kew Gardens. This package, over a max of six hours, see prices start at £1820 for two people.

The Luxury To The Max Picnic package offers the car transfer but the flight is for 30 minutes and is on an exclusive hire basis. After a luxury picnic hamper in Kew Gardens, the two people, who pay £2320, are returned to London within a maximum ssix-hourperiod. These picnic packages are on offer as well as The London Helicopter’s three London-focused tours: London Sights, London Max and London Buzz.