I think that even now, 90 years after the end of the First World War, the phrase “Zeppelin flying over London” has a slightly sinister ring to it.
This afternoon, on the way to meet Tigger from work, I took the photo on the left. It shows a modern Zeppelin airship flying sedately through the hazy London sky. Fortunately, its pilot’s intentions are peaceful, being concerned with tourism.
According to the information I have to hand, the Zeppelin will take you to explore London at a height of about 1,000 feet (300 metres), travelling at 30 mph, for ticket prices ranging from £185 to £360, depending on the length of the flight. You will have to hurry, though, because the flying season, which began in the second week of July, ends on August 21st.
You will be pleased to hear that the airship, a Zeppelin NT07, is filled with helium, not hydrogen, thus ruling out any disaster of the sort that overtook the Hindenburg.
I first spotted the airship as I emerged from Borough tube station. It was crossing Borough High Street or Newington Causeway and that would have been a perfect shot but it disappeared behind the buildings within seconds. I kept looking out for it and finally spotted it when looking along an alleyway at the end of Borough High Street.
I think you must get a wonderful view of London from up there on a clear day and Tigger and I would certainly like to take the trip but the cost is prohibitive. We will have to stick to surface travel for now!