Patrick would call my 6.40am flight a “red-eye flight”, checking in around 5.30am and leaving for Gatwick airport around 3am to make the most of the night busses.
But I did notice something magical about this journey: the lack of people in otherwise crowded areas. Daily I struggle to get through Victoria station on my way to and from work, getting trapped in the pack as commuters and travellers push on towards their final destination. Regularly I am squished in over-crowded tubes and trains, unwillingly pressed against someone’s back and someone else’s side.
However, this red-eye flight allowed me to see this journey in a new way and allowed me the time and space to truly take in and appreciate my surroundings.
I hope you enjoy the beauty of this journey as much as I did.