All being well, a Sunday morning in 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 takes place from Battersea at first light on a Sunday morning in June.
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.
The following standby dates are confirmed for this year:
- 6th June 2021
- 13th June 2021
- 18th July 2021
- 25th July 2021
Update: Friday 23rd July – An update will be provided this evening, but variable weather forecasts mean that a final decision is unlikely until Saturday afternoon.
Update: Saturday 24th July -Cancelled – due to the risk of storms during the flight. They may try again later in the year.
They’ll be on standby with a confirmation usually issued on the Friday afternoon around 4pm that the weather looks favourable, although even then, last-minute changes can scupper lift-off.