The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® is the official ballooning event of The City of London and is the aerial extension of the historic Lord Mayor’s Show.
Each year up to fifty hot air balloons take flight across central London raising awareness and funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Leading the launch is the official Lord Mayor’s Appeal hot air balloon which carries both the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
The 2017 event took place on September 10th from the unique launch location of London City Airport’s runway, see gallery and updates for more information.
The 2018 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® is on standby for June 3rd, 10th, 17th, July 1st and 22nd (there will be no standby date on Sunday June 24th). Due to unsuitable weather conditions in June and July, further standby dates have been secured for Sunday November 25th and Sunday December 2nd.
Due to the weather dependent nature of hot air ballooning, this event is on standby for a Sunday morning and will proceed on the first available of these dates when the weather is suitable.
For this year’s flight, we will be launching from Battersea Park. The prevailing wind should allow for another stunning and unforgettable flight over Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye and Tower of London.
Please see our Updates page for the latest news on each standby date and also our social media for further information.