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 2019 event launched from Battersea Park on Sunday 9th June and saw 46 hot air balloons fill London’s skyline at 5:30am. We are delighted to confirm that the flight raised £76,000 for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, taking our overall total raised to an amazing £251,724 in just four years. See gallery and updates for more information.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, The 2020 and 2021 Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® was stood down and due to weather conditions the 2022 edition could not proceed. However, we are pleased to be able to confirm that The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta® is set to return in 2023 bigger and better than before.

The following standby dates are confirmed for The 2023 Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta®

14th May 2023

21st May 2023

2nd July 2023

1st October 2023

22nd October 2023

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

To become a Corporate Partner and have your livery fly over London as part of The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta®, please contact us here.

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