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London then – and now: Amazing aerial photos by Jason Hawkes document the amazing growth of the British capital


W.Has made a difference 15 years.

Specialist in aerial photography Jason Hawkes He recently took a series of breathtaking images of London in a helicopter, matching the angles with photos he took over the capital between 2005 and 2007.

His pictures show that the city has changed dramatically in some areas – there is now a rather tall Shard skyscraper, Canary Wharf is becoming a forest of tall buildings, and the King & # 39; s Cross area is really thriving.

Jason, who takes his pictures between 750 and 2,450 feet, told MailOnline Travel that his favorite view was "at dusk looking west through the city cluster with the meandering Thames in the background."

He added: “My favorite building in the City of London is Leadenhall, I just love it. Around Battersea, Nine Elms and Vauxhall, the entire area has changed completely in recent years. Kieran Timberlake's new US embassy there looks just amazing to me. I would like to visit it locally. & # 39;

Jason's incredible then and current images of London can be seen below – and can also be seen at The Changing Face of London exhibition at New London Architecture Gallery in Bloomsbury.

A view over the Old Royal Naval College in 2020

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

The Thames Barrier in 2007
The development of the Thames Barrier and Royal Docks in 2020

The picture on the left shows the Thames Barrier in 2007, with a matching view showing the development of the Royal Docks in 2020

Battersea Power Station, Battersea and Pimlico in 2007
Battersea Power Station, Battersea and Pimlico in 2020

Battersea Power Station, Battersea and Pimlico in 2007, with a consistent view in 2020 showing how quickly the areas in the south have developed. The silver cube building on the right side of the river is the new US embassy

Tower Bridge looking west in 2006
Tower Bridge looking west in 2020

Tower Bridge looked west in 2006, with the image to the right showing the same view in 2020. Jason said, "It's a view that I photograph more than any other because it changes so much with high tide and light from the Thames."

A breathtaking view of the Greenwich Peninsula in 2007
The Greenwich Peninsula in 2020

A breathtaking view of the Greenwich Peninsula in 2007 (left), with the 2020 view on the right

A 2005 view looking west over the South Dock at Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf in 2020

On the left is a 2005 view looking west towards the South Dock at Canary Wharf; on the right is the 2020 version. Jason said, “Flying around Canary Wharf can get very busy as you are always exposed to traffic. which is lifted and landed right next door at City Airport. When we shoot at dusk, we sometimes get tiny 30-second windows from air traffic control in which we can take the pictures. It's been amazing lately as there are so few flights. For example we recently flew there and pretty much had a free hand to fly whatever the job required. & # 39;

A 2006 view of the construction of the Olympic site looking south from the A12 down the Lea River
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2020

On the left you can see a 2006 view of the construction of the Olympic site looking south from the A12 down the Lea River. On the right is a matching picture of the 2020 site now known as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Jason said, “If we shoot like this first picture in winter, it can get desperately cold up there. We fly with the doors open and after about an hour you can't feel your fingers.

A 2006 view looking east from St Paul & # 39; s Cathedral towards the City of London
A 2020 view looking east from St Paul & # 39; s Cathedral to the City of London

A 2006 view looking east from St Paul & # 39; s Cathedral towards the City of London (left). The picture 2020 on the right shows how quickly the development has developed in recent years

A 2006 view to the west over Paddington and the A40
A 2020 view of the development around Paddington Station

On the left is a 2006 view west over Paddington and the A40. The matching 2020 view on the right shows development around Paddington, Paddington Central and Paddington Basin

An incredible view taken over Bankside and Blackfriars in 2006, looking west from the Tate Modern
The 2020 picture shows the development around Blackfriars - including the appearance of the tall One Blackfriars tower and the Blackfriars railway bridge, which in its entirety will become Blackfriars train station

Incredible 2006 views of Bankside and Blackfriars looking west from the Tate Modern (left). The 2020 image on the right shows the development around Blackfriars – including the appearance of the tall One Blackfriars tower and the Blackfriars railway bridge, which in its entirety will become Blackfriars train station

On the left is a fascinating 2006 view of St. Pancras International and King & # 39; s Cross to the north
The matching photo from 2020 shows the huge development of Granary Square and Lewis Cubitt Square. Do you see those cranes between King & # 39; s Cross Station on the right and St. Pancras on the left? This is the new "landscaper" Google HQ

On the left is a fascinating 2006 view of St. Pancras International and King & # 39; s Cross to the north. The matching shot from 2020 shows the tremendous development around Granary Square and Lewis Cubitt Square. Do you see those cranes between King & # 39; s Cross Station on the right and St. Pancras on the left? This is the new Google HQ for landscapers

A 2007 pre-shard image of London Bridge and the east
The 1,017 foot high Shard is the sixth tallest building in Europe

These two images from 2007 and 2020 show the London Bridge before and after Shard. The 1,017 foot skyscraper is the sixth tallest building in Europe

A 2006 view of the City of London from Finsbury Circus
The 2020 matching view shows the newest skyscrapers in full bloom - 22 Bishopsgate and 100 Bishopsgate, plus the newest development, One Crown Place, in the left foreground

A 2006 view (left) of the City of London from Finsbury Circus. The matching 2020 view on the right shows the newest skyscrapers in full bloom – 22 Bishopsgate and 100 Bishopsgate, plus the newest development, One Crown Place, in the left foreground

This 2006 image captures the city of London and looks west
Jason's 2020 picture looking west over the City of London

The 2006 image on the left shows the City of London looking west. The photo on the right was taken in 2020. Jason said, "This is one of my favorite views of the city and the one that has changed the most, especially in the last five years."

The view looking south over the River Lea, Canning Town and the Leamouth Peninsula
The Leamouth Peninsula is now called London City Island, a 12-acre micro-Manhattan, according to its website. It is now the home of the English National Ballet. This picture was taken in 2020

The 2007 view looking south over the River Lea, Canning Town and the Leamouth Peninsula. The corresponding view for 2020 is on the right. The Leamouth Peninsula is now called London City Island, a 12-acre micro-Manhattan, according to its website. It is now the home of the English National Ballet

To see more of Jason's incredible work, visit his Instagram page and website.

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