The skies of Central London are set to be filled with hot air balloons in the summer as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta takes a different direction for 2018.
In past events, the regatta has taken place in East London, with the 2017 event seeing around 50 balloons taking off from London City Airport for the event’s 30th anniversary.
The annual event is a fundraiser, with all proceeds being donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
The 2018 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta has been scheduled for Sunday, June 3, and if the weather is unsuitable for ballooning, back up dates have been arranged for June 10 and 17, as well as July 1.
The regatta will be taking place over Central London this year, and will give pilots the chance to fly over iconic landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
This will give spectators a unique and special sight to behold, as hot air balloons are quite scarce in the centre of the capital. Furthermore, applications for pilots to take part in the event are now open.
With many hot air ballooning events taking place across the country, including the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and the York Balloon Fiesta, the British public are becoming more enchanted by ballooning. As a result, balloon rides in Bath, Bristol and all over the country are gaining popularity.