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® will be on standby for June 3rd, 10th, 17th and July 1st (there will be no standby date on Sunday June 24th).

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 have another new unique location in central London. The prevailing wind should allow for another stunning and unforgettable flight over Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Tower of London.

Applications are now open for pilots to register their interest in taking part in the 2018 flight!

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

Lord Mayor's Regatta