Guide to London City Airport

Contributors: busmanglenn, chazola, mikey345
Updated Wednesday 23rd February, 2011


Latitude: N51° 30' 18"
Longitude E0° 3' 21"

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Sunset Today: 20:10

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Photo Spot Spot A - Car Park Walkway

Here you will see planes landing and taking off. If you walk up far enough you will see the apron.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N51° 30' 13" (N51° 30.217')
Longitude: E0° 2' 60" (E0° 2.997')


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Photo Spot Spot B - Walkway by river

Disembark the DLR railway at the Royal Albert station and head towards the river, by the big office building. Here you can get a view of the apron and can easily see departures and arrivals from both runway ends. Photos are possible to take from this location. There are benches along the pathway.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N51° 30' 27" (N51° 30.454')
Longitude: E0° 2' 43" (E0° 2.724')


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Focal Length: 190mm
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Photo Spot Spot C - Tereza Joanne Car park

When coming from the south, take the right just after the first bridge when coming from the south into the industrial area, then the first left. Follow the windy road under the main road and through the gates, then park in the large carpark on the left. Do not turn right and park on the dockside- it is private land and you will get clamped and they check regularly!

You will get close to 28 arrivals here, and departures turn onto the runway here so you have good side-on views. A long lens is not needed, a standard zoom will do. If you walk to the end of the dock it's close enough for a good blast of jet wash!

The police regularly come down and do a quick check, but I've never been bothered or moved on and quite often they'll hang out and watch the planes with you for a bit.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N51° 30' 16" (N51° 30.273')
Longitude: E0° 4' 9" (E0° 4.146')

Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: ray b pace Malta
Thursday 28th January, 2016 at 09:38 GMT
I am trying to register to this site but am not being allowed too. Contact us system does not work either. Anyone else still having problems? Which is best position to go too at London City airport late morning/early afternoon having sun behind you? Thanks
Posted by: Kev Miller United Kingdom
Tuesday 6th October, 2015 at 16:43 GMT
You could ask politely at the local Rowing Club to use their Toilet facilities?
Posted by: Jack United Kingdom
Sunday 22nd June, 2014 at 18:39 GMT
Hi guys

Seems to be a bit of a theme trying to register on this site. I am photographer and new to plane spotting and looking to do a project on plane spotter and really keen to give it a go and see what it's all about. I live I'm east London so London city is in easy reach. If there's any one willing or around to give me an introduction that would be great.

You can email at

Look forward to hearing from you
Posted by: Alex Papa United Kingdom
Friday 3rd January, 2014 at 16:17 GMT
I nearly got arrested today... poor spotting airport
Posted by: Bobby Fitzgerald United Kingdom
Wednesday 2nd October, 2013 at 00:07 GMT
Hi all, my name's Bobby and I'm a novice plane enthusiast. I'm studying design and basing my latest project on plane watching would love to meet up with a more experienced plane watcher for a quick chat. my e-mail is thanks a million, Bobby
Posted by: Ray Jennings United Kingdom
Sunday 22nd September, 2013 at 21:02 GMT
Like Tony Sewell above, I'm also finding it impossible to register with your fantastic site. I've tried three different email address to no avail. All I see when I hit the 'Register' button is something like - 'There was a problem sending your activation e-mail. Please check your email address is correct and try again."
I've also tried from two different computers with the same result.
Unfortunately there are no contact telephone numbers or postal addresses where we can contact the moderator.
Please can you help
Best regards
Ray Jennings
Posted by: Tony Sewell United Kingdom
Monday 29th July, 2013 at 09:35 GMT
hi ive tried to register on you site but it keeps telling me that my email and other things are wrong i have tried 3 different emails as well,im very new to plane spotting and your page on london city airport viewing spot was very informative because i dont live that far from it. so i would love to become a member of your site ,i hope you can help me

yours Tony Sewell
Posted by: Robert Wilson United Kingdom
Thursday 13th June, 2013 at 14:15 GMT
I great place to enjoy yourself for a couple of hours, pity that you could not have a site like LHR or LGW in case you missed a few numbers
Posted by: Miguel Spain
Saturday 25th May, 2013 at 08:02 GMT
I would like to go today by bus, what is the best hour? If anyone wants to come with me please let me know!!
Posted by: Rachel Chalmers United Kingdom
Friday 24th May, 2013 at 10:02 GMT
Thank you for this information - My son is plane mad and he will love watching planes taking off and landing!
Posted by: Gerald Brown United Kingdom
Thursday 18th April, 2013 at 12:44 GMT
Thanks for posting the information.

As a result I visited location B yesterday for my first ever visit. Great location. Noted close on 40 aircraft between about 16.30 and 18.30 and had a nice chat with a knowledgeable local spotter too.
Posted by: ed United Kingdom
Thursday 11th October, 2012 at 15:35 GMT
Hi guys,

I just wondered if anyone had spotted a Swiss-registered private aircraft landing and London City Airport on a regular basis (usually early in the morning) and departing (in the early-mid evening I guess)

I have a celebrity hunch that I'm trying to stand up.

Many thanks,

Posted by: Dannyr007 United Kingdom
Monday 27th August, 2012 at 20:53 GMT
Hi im set to go to LCY this Wednesday 29th August 2012. Will my camera is a Kodak C182 14 Megapixel. Will my camera be ok to take good enough pictures and video recordings from spot B ?
Posted by: David Tweddle United Kingdom
Wednesday 15th August, 2012 at 15:54 GMT
Spot B is fantastic, very quiet, security patrols, and some benches facing where the aircraft line up. Little cafe/shop at the DLR station (Prince Albert) selling hot and cold drinks and snacks. Only downside is there is no toilet anywhere! Just remember to take your sunblock as you are facing the sun and the reflection of the water quickens up the sun burn. Between 7am and 1045am you should see the whole BA Cityflyer fleet, as well of a mix from Cityjet, Swiss, Skyworks, Luxair, Lufthansa, Alitalia, BA 318's, and ex VLM's (which are now Cityjet) as well as some Private jets. Weekdays are the busiest, weekends very quiet. Enjoy

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