Watch: London from above, as you've never seen it before

A new video released by an aerial photographer in the UK shows the world famous city from angles you've likely not seen it before.

Jason Hawkes from Reading captured the images over the last six months while flying in an AS355 helicopter.

"The most difficult aspect of shooting aerial views in the UK is getting exactly the right kind of lighting," he said. 

"I spend many days sitting at aerodromes and heliports waiting for exactly the right conditions and often have to cancel the shoot or put it back to another day, if the weather is not right."

The airspace over the UK's capital city is strictly controlled, with helicopters only permitted to fly at certain heights and with air traffic control clearance.

Some areas of the city are reserved for emergency service air traffic only, but television choppers can also be granted permission.

Last year, more than 20 million people visited London, making it one of the world's most popular destinations.