A flotilla of hot air balloons are to fly over Central London, as part of the now-annual Lord Mayor of London’s balloon regatta

Unlike previous years where they’ve drifted over East London, 2018 should be even more spectacular as they’re promising a route over Central London itself.

The amount of planning that will have had to go into getting permission to fly a lot of hot air balloons over central London cannot be underestimated. Wind and weather permitting, they should be able to fly over Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Tower of London.

The regatta is a fund raiser, with the balloon’s corporate sponsors donating to support the annual Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

If you’re lucky enough to be a hot air balloon owner, then applications to be in the regatta have just opened, and they’re suggesting applications are made soon as the lift-off site is smaller than in previous years.

For us land-bound spectators, look out for an amazing sight one early Sunday morning in June 2018.

Photographers are probably salivating already.

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