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® was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions.

We are delighted to confirm that the official standby dates for The 2019 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® are Sunday June 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th. Please note there will be no standby date on June 23rd.

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.

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 date when the weather is suitable.

Please see our Updates page for the latest news on each standby date and also our social media for further information.

The RICOH Lord Mayor’s Appeal Hot Air Balloon Regatta, London

Lord Mayor's Regatta