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Tourist helicopter sightseeing flights start over London

Regular sightseeing flights around London have started for the first time from Battersea Heliport.

The flights last 20 minutes and cost £200. Up to 15 flights could be operated a day.

London Helicopter ToursSince two people died when a helicopter hit a tower in January, choppers over London’s skies have come under intense scrutiny.

Neil Constable, from The Globe Theatre, said the sightseeing helicopters can disrupt performances and added that he would like a limit put on the number of helicopters which operate over the Southbank.

Chris Mann, from The London Helicopter, says it will try and avoid performances at the Globe and that it will operate responsibly.

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Britain’s religious buildings prove huge draw for tourists

For the UK population, they are places of worship but for tourists visiting from abroad, our churches are just as much a part of the sightseeing map as Big Ben or Stonehenge

A marriage of history and religion: 55 per cent of Brazilian tourists weave in a visit to a church while in the UK

A marriage of history and religion: 55 per cent of Brazilian tourists weave in a visit to a church while in the UK

As many as 22 per cent of visits by overseas residents to the UK last year included a trip to a church or other religious building.

And Brazilians are beating the biggest path to Britain’s religious buildings, according to a new survey.

Brazilians made the most visits, with 55 per cent of their stays including a tour of a religious building, figures from VisitBritain showed.


Australians and Americans made the next most visits to churches or places of worship, followed by Russians and Chinese.

In total, 6.7 million international tourists visited a religious building in the UK last year and those whose trips included visits of this kind spent nearly £5 billion during their stays in the UK.

VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: ‘Whether it’s for the glorious architecture, stained glass windows, connections with famous people or just some peace and quiet – religious buildings have become a fundamental part of our tourism offering.

‘Overseas visitors rate Britain fourth out of 50 nations for built heritage. It is one of the major drivers for international visitors and an asset where Britain is truly world class.’

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