All being well, a Sunday morning in late May or early June will see up to 50 hot air balloons drifting over central London.
This is the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, a now annual event that raises money for the Lord Mayor’s charity, and gives early risers on a Sunday morning a lovely sight of all the balloons silently drifting over sleepy London.
The lift-off is weather dependent and the take off point is to be confirmed (likely to be Burgess Park), and will be around sunrise on the day it takes place.
The following standby Sundays have been confirmed for The 2022 Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta.
- 22nd May 2022
- 5th June 2022
- 12th June 2022
- 19th June 2022
Hopefully, they’ll head eastwards over the city, but that’s down to the wind direction on the day. Obviously, they can’t control the wind, so there’s an outside chance they’ll drift a bit more to the south or north than hoped for.
They’ll be on standby with a confirmation usually issued on the Friday afternoon around 4pm before the Sunday that the weather looks favourable, although even then, last-minute changes can scupper lift-off.
I’ll keep this page updated as well.
UPDATE 20th May 2:30pm: The conditions look favourable to place The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta 2022 on official standby for Sunday May 22nd 2022. The next update will be released later on Friday 20th May 2022.
UPDATE 20th May 5:30pm: The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta remains on Standby, with a further review and another update to be published after 1pm tomorrow (Saturday 21st May 2022).
UPDATE 20th May 6pm: If the liftoff takes place on Sunday morning, it will be from Burgess Park in south London.
UPDATE 21st May 3pm: Cancelled this weekend due to lack of wind. The next attempt will be on the 5th June.
UPDATE 2nd June 3pm: Cancelled this weekend due to unstable and wet weather conditions. The event rolls to the next standby date which is 12th June 2022
UPDATE 10th June 7:30am: They are placing The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta on official standby for Sunday 12th June. The will continue to monitor the weather and provide a further update later on Friday 10th June.
UPDATE 11th June 12:00pm: Based on current forecasts, they remain on official standby for The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta on Sunday 12th June. They will provide a further update on Saturday 11th June.
UPDATE 11th June 5:00pm: The wind direction tomorrow morning is following the river Thames and therefore not suitable for a mass ascent of balloons. There are limited landing opportunities along the route which although would be fine for one or two balloons, but not for the 50 taking off. The event now rolls to the next standby date which is 19th June 2022, updates will be provided next on Thursday 16th June 2022.
UPDATE 17th June 7:00pm: Stood down due to expectations of heavy rain in the morning.