Each year the Balloon Regatta® raises awareness of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, the City of London and those associated with it and has also raised over £175,000 in the last three years alone. With the full support of the City of London Corporation, The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of London, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and The Mansion House, the Balloon Regatta® is growing from strength to strength.
In December 2016, Balloon Regatta® was officially awarded a registered trademark.
In 2016, Exclusive Ballooning were delighted to announce Ricoh as the headline sponsor of the Balloon Regatta® for the next three years. Ricoh’s own special shape imagine.change. balloon has flown at every Balloon Regatta® and is a well known sight at UK events.
In 2017, the Balloon Regatta® made history by launching 26 hot air balloons from the runway of London City Airport as part of the airport’s 30th anniversary.
Previous corporate partners who have seen their own bespoke hot air balloon flown over London and alongside the Lord Mayor’s balloon include Fortnum & Mason, Financial Times, Keltbray, Renishaw, BT, British Airways, Universal Pictures, Aberdeen Asset Management, William Hill, Longleat, Stirling Ackroyd and more.
The 2018 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions.
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 the 2019 event, 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.
Pilot applications open each year in December and typically are filled within the first few hours.
Due to the weather dependent nature of hot air ballooning, this event is on standby for every Sunday morning in June and will proceed on the first available of these dates when the weather is suitable.