**Updated 10th June 2019 – This event has now taken place
After being postponed once already in 2019, 46 balloons took off from Battersea Park at 5:15am on Sunday 9th June. After flying eastward, they passed over the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and were also seen in the sky above New Cross.
At Metro Waste, we’re normally up with the lark but even we’ll have to get up early if we want to catch a glimpse of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, which is likely (weather permitting) to take place in Central London this year (2019).
Where and when?
If you’ve reached this page to find out if and when the Hot Air Balloon Regatta is going ahead, there are 3 remaining dates listed for the festival that are on standby for this year’s 2019 event.
These are: Sunday 9th, 16th and 30th June 2019
(*Sunday 2nd June 2019 has already been cancelled)
All dates for the 2018 event were cancelled due to the conditions being unfavourable for the event. In the main, this was either due to the grass/ground being too wet and soft for vehicular access or poor weather conditions so we’re hoping that things turn out better in 2019. Like you, we were disappointed that we didn’t get to see this great festival but we’re certainly looking forward to the bright colours of the balloons improving London’s drab skyline.
We will, of course, be keeping our eye on the official Hot Air Balloon Regatta updates page (link below) and will be posting again with an update on this page.
Important – Check before you visit!
If you want to check for the latest updates of exactly what day in 2019 the London hot air balloon spectacle will take place, be sure to check the Balloon Regatta updates page to keep your finger on the pulse. You should also keep an eye on the Lord Mayor’s Appeal website (link further up this page) for more updates.
We should get a great view from our waste disposal depot in Battersea as the balloons will be either be lifting off from nearby Battersea Park or Burgess Park in Southwark (Albany Road SE5). However, if you’re planning on paying a visit to see the event, don’t be tempted to head on down to the park as you may not be allowed in for health and safety reasons. Instead, you may be better off heading over to the west bank of the river along the northern Embankment, where you’ll get a great view.
Things usually start ‘hotting up’ (excuse the terrible pun!) at around 5/5.30am in the morning and we assume that this year will be the same so you’ll have to be up extra early to catch it.
What can I see and what’s it for?
If all goes well, you can expect to see up to 50 hot air balloons taking to London’s skies. The prevailing winds are expected to take the balloons over a few famous London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, London Eye and The Tower of London so you don’t necessarily have to be in Battersea to see them. The first balloon to take to the London skies is expected to be the official Lord Mayor’s Appeal hot air balloon which carries both the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
The London hot air balloon festival extravaganza is being put on to raise awareness about the millions of pounds the City and the City of London Corporation raise for charities and good causes throughout London through the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
Last year’s hot air balloon festival was postponed but the year before (2017) started from London City Airport but this year’s event marks the event’s 31st-anniversary celebrations. The 2019 Hot Air Balloon Regatta is sponsored by the office supplies giant RICOH; all the balloons will have a different sponsor’s name on so expect a brightly coloured display when you gaze skyward on the day.
Once again, please don’t rely on all the info in this post being precise as things are always subject to change so make sure that you check with the event organisers prior to making firm arrangements – Check both the links to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal website and the Balloon Regatta website further up in this article.