If you wake up early on a particular Sunday morning, you will see the dragon crest of the Lord Mayor of London lead a huge flotilla of hot air balloons over the city.
As the sun rises, a field in Shoreditch will see flat lifeless sacks come alive with fiery breath and at a little after 5am, the whole lot lift off to drift silently over the sleeping city.
The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta is now an annual event which raises money and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s charity.
The inaugural event was held last year, and raised almost £80,000 for the charity and the event, which is fully supported by Mansion House, will now be a regular sight in June each year over the skies of our wonderful city.
Due to the weather dependent nature of this event, the Balloon Regatta will be on standby on each Sunday throughout June, with an official weather call being made each week.
The dates for the 2016 Regatta are 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th June.
I usually get notifications a few days in advance, thanks to air traffic warnings, and will flag it on here when confirmed.
Last year, the lift off was from a park in Shoreditch shortly after sunrise and they headed south over London. The direction this year will naturally, depend on what the weather is up to.
More details here