London balloon regatta to feature 50 hot air balloons

This year’s Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta may see as many as 50 hot air balloons take off and drift over the City of London.

The annual event, which is organized by Exclusive Ballooning, aims to enhance people’s awareness of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, an initiative that seeks to bring together various stakeholders to address the city’s most imperative societal problems by creating an inclusive, healthy, skilled, and fair city. The event will also seek to raise funds for the appeal.

The event had an unlucky year in 2018, having been repeatedly postponed over the summer due to unsuitable weather conditions, namely too much or too little wind. In October, the event was finally cancelled for the year after the ground at Battersea Park was deemed too wet to drive vehicles on, with there being little chance of conditions improving by the following Sunday.

The organisers are hoping that this year’s event will be as successful as the first regatta, which took place in 2017. That year, London City Airport hosted the launch of 27 hot air balloons. The event may take place as early as June 2 if weather conditions permit, with most of the subsequent Sundays in June also being standby dates (June 2, 9, 16, and 30).

This year’s regatta is again planned to launch from Battersea Park, and winds should mean the balloons can fly over famous landmarks like the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and the London Eye.

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