The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, organised by Exclusive Ballooning, is set to take place this weekend, meaning up to fifty big balloons will float over the city.
Or so we hope. The regatta was originally scheduled to happen in June, and then delayed and delayed and delayed by weather conditions until November, when it was promptly delayed again. So this is either the much-delayed 2018 regatta, or just the 2019 regatta – who knows? Anyway, we’ll get out first chance to see a sky full of spectacular balloons this year, as the regatta is slated for Sunday, June 2nd – so keep your fingers crossed that it actually happens this time*!
Up to fifty balloons take to the skies each year, while the event raises funds and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Indeed, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress head the procession in the leading balloon – which seems like a particularly risky canary in the coalmine strategy, if you ask me.
The whole thing is due to kick off at around 7:30am, so set an alarm if you’re hoping to catch them. Unfortunately, Battersea Park, which is where they’ll be launching from, will be closed to the public for safety reasons. But you might spot them gliding over Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye – and it does look bloody lovely when it actually happens!
For more information, head to the Balloon Regatta’s website.
*there are standby dates for June 9th, 16th, and 30th – but given that the regatta blew past all of them last year, nothing about this event is certain. Ballooning is an inexact science, after all – hence its popularity with Victorian eccentrics.
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