London Aerial Views

Aerial photography compliments of Jason Hawkes.  4K aerial footage shot from a helicopter over London. Footage includes the River Thames, Tower Bridge, City of London, and Westminster.

Sites That Must be Seen in London

Tower Bridge

Van Wagenen London Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge was built in the late 1800s and is an iconic bridge that crosses the River Thames close to the tower of London.

Buckingham Palace

Van Wagenen London

Buckingham Palace is located in London in the City of Westminster.  This London residence is at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.

Trafalgar Square

Van Wagenen London Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is a public square in the centre of London.  This part of London is built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross.

Big Ben

Van Wagenen London Big Ben

Big Ben is the Great Clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. During WW2, the lights were dimmed so German bombers could not see.

London Eye

Van Wagenen London Eye

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames in London. It was the world's tallest Ferris wheel when it opened in 2000.

Covent Garden

Van Wagenen London Covent Garden

Covent Garden is in the West End of London and one of the main entertainment areas. Street entertainers perform by St. Paul’s Church and other vintage areas.

London, England

Van Wagenen London Royal Collection

Significance of London for the Van Wagenen Family

Ryan Van Wagenen always felt he would live in London.  When Ryan graduated high school in 2004, his birthday and graduation present that year was a family trip to London.  This trip was eye opening because it was his first time out of North America.  He also felt strongly on this trip that he would one day live in London and also determined that he wanted to travel a lot more.

Ryan Van Wagenen dreamed of living in London and adopting a proper English accent.  When it came time for his two year church mission, he thought perhaps this was the time he would live in London.  With this in mind, he marked his language learning abilities the lowest possible on the application and requested his local church leaders submit his interest in going somewhere foreign but English speaking.  Ryan's father, Ken Van Wagenen, warned him that request would be somewhat like threading a needle.  Although he didn't go to London on his mission, luck and inspiration would lead Ryan there through work at Citi.  Ryan received an expat opportunity and was able to spend a little over a year in London from 2012-2013.  His opinion about life and work in England proved true and his work life was challenging as he expected.

Ryan Van Wagenen eagerly anticipates moving back to London.  This great and historic city has become a home-away-from-home for the Van Wagenen family.