Jason Hawkes is one of the world's most prolific and sought-after aerial photographers. He has been hovering over cities with a camera since 1991 - initially in microlight aircraft and then hanging out of helicopters.

Jason was the official photographer on the BBC's huge Britain From Above project. He has published more than 40 books, including New York at Night and London at Night. His first book, London from the Air, came out when he was just 23 and has gone on to sell more than 160,000 copies.

He says he loves shooting just after dusk, when the city lights come on and there is a tiny bit of colour left in the sky. New advances in digital camera technology allow him to capture the city at night.

Jason says: "Each time I fly over London I notice the landscape constantly changing, new developments seem to appear overnight."

In this gallery, IBTimes UK presents some of his recent photographs of London from the air. To see more, visit his website at www.jasonhawkes.com. Follow Jason on Twitter at @jasonhawkesphot for the latest info and behind-the-scenes pictures.

city of London at night
This stunning photograph of the City of London at night features some of the newest skyscrapers on the capital's skyline: the Walkie Talkie, the Cheese Grater and Heron Tower
cheese grater
The setting sun reflects off the sloping face of the Cheese Grater (or 122 Leadenhall Street, to give it its proper name)
the shard at night
Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard, dominates the glittering city at night
vauxhall
The new St George Wharf Tower in Vauxhall (scene of a helicopter crash in 2013)
canary wharf at night
Canary Wharf at night (look closely and you can see the IBTimesUK offices)
London Eye night
The London Eye at night, with the Shell Centre, County Hall, Waterloo station and the IMAX cinema behind it
wembley
Wembley Stadium, with the city skyline in the distance
westfield London
The huge Westfield shopping centre in west London
waterloo dusk
The old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo and the Houses of Parliament at dusk
view from the shard
The view from the Shard, the observation decks at the top of the building
piccadilly circus
Neon-lit tourists mill around the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus
oxford circus
Double decker buses negotiate Oxford Circus, while pedestrians wait at the Tokyo-style diagonal crossings
crossrail dean street
The construction site for Crossrail's Tottenham Court Road station western ticket hall on Dean Street
london eye close
Looking down onto the transformed Jubilee Gardens through the London Eye
London Bridge
London Bridge station at night
tower bridge
Looking west along the Thames from Tower Bridge shortly after sunset
Blackfriars bridge
Looking east along the Thames from Blackfriars bridge, covered in solar panels
canary wharf daylight
An aerial view of Canary Wharf, with the O2, Thames Flood Barrier and City Airport in the distance