Jason Hawkes, Britain's favourite aerial photographer, took advantage of the recent glorious weather to capture London from the air, sparkling in the sunshine, bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun and glittering at night.

Buckingham Palace and St Jamess Park, looking east towards the City
Buckingham Palace and St James's Park, looking east towards the CityJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar SquareJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com

Jason 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.

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. "It's a fantastic city - the sprawl when looking from above is incredible," he says.

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.

The Shard at night looking North across the Thames to the City
The spire of the Shard at night, looking north across the Thames to the CityJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
People waiting on the platforms at London Bridge Station
People waiting on the platforms at London Bridge StationJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
- Paths crossing through the grass at Hyde Park
Paths crossing through the grass in Hyde ParkJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Vauxhall Station and the Nine Elms regeneration site at dusk
Vauxhall Station and the Nine Elms regeneration site at duskJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
The O2 Arena in Greenwich illuminated at night
The O2 Arena in Greenwich illuminated at nightJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
parliament
Night-time view of the Palace of Westminster and Portcullis House, the offices for the Members of ParliamentJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Early morning view of Trafalgar Square with the Thames and London Eye in the background
Early morning view of Trafalgar Square with the Thames and London Eye in the backgroundJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
British Airways plane at City Airport
British Airways plane at City AirportJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Looking down on 30 St Mary Axe informally known by many as The Gherkin
Looking down on 30 St Mary Axe, informally known as The GherkinJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament with the London Eye in the background
Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament with the London Eye in the backgroundJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Victoria regeneration works for the London Underground
Victoria regeneration works for the London UndergroundJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
London Bridge Station and the Shard with the City in the background
London Bridge Station and the Shard with the City in the backgroundJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Commuters crossing the Thames using London Bridge
Commuters crossing the Thames on London BridgeJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Daytime view from Tower Bridge down the Thames showing the City and The Shard
Daytime view from Tower Bridge down the Thames showing the City and The ShardJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com
Tower Bridge and the Tower of London at night showing The Shard and the City
Tower Bridge and the Tower of London at night showing The Shard and the CityJason Hawkes / www.jasonhawkes.com