Footage released by British Airways means we can enjoy this breathtaking pilot's eye view of London from the comfort of our homes or offices.

See if you can catch a glimpse of some of the capital's famous landmarks including The London Eye, The Shard and Tower Bridge as seen from the cockpit by British Airways Captain Karen Atherton and Senior First Officer Paul Riglar at the controls of an A318 aircraft.

The time-lapse video footage shows a steep approach to London City Airport and was released in celebration of the airline's business-class-only service to New York's JFK airport completing 25 million miles – equivalent to 100 trips to the moon or circling the earth 100 times.

The airline launched the twice-daily Club World service between London and New York with two specially modified A318 aircraft in September 2009.

Pilot shares amazing footage of plane coming in to land at Heathrow Airport

The planes are designed to allow a special steep approach required to land at the central London airport, which has a short runway.

To help pilots in the challenging landing, the aircraft has been modified using spoilers on the wing to produce enough aerodynamic drag to maintain the approach speed.

British Airways A318 on steep approach at London City Airport

Captain Atherton is one of only 27 BA captains qualified to carry out this landing.

Only the most experienced pilots can apply to fly this route and must pass rigorous additional training including simulator testing before being accepted into the fleet.

Captain Atherton, said: “The views flying into London are breathtaking, and are a constant reminder of what an incredibly beautiful city it really is.

“The level of training required is demanding, and rightly so, but the flying is extremely rewarding.

“I have one of the best commutes home in the world, and it’s great to be able to share the experience with our customers with this video.”

The service puts passengers at the heart of the capital's financial district within 30 minutes of landing.

In recent times, pilots have been faced with an increasing number of laser incidents as they prepare to land.

On Monday (August 8) a BA jet was targeted with a laser pen as the pilot prepared to land at Heathrow Airport , where laser attacks are on the rise.