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 (2018).
Where and when?
Update 24th November 2018
If you’ve reached this page to find out if and when the Hot Air Balloon Regatta is going ahead, we’re sorry to have to inform you that BOTH dates for 2018 have now been cancelled. In the main, this is due to the grass/ground being too wet and soft for vehicular access. The official updates page notes that the organisers are now looking ahead to dates in June 2019 when it will hopefully be much drier (and warmer!). Like you, we’re disappointed as this is a great spectacle and we certainly were looking forward to the bright colours of the balloons improving the drab winter London skyline.
We will of course be keeping our eye on the official Hot Ait Balloon Regatta updates page (link below) and will be posting again in 2019 with an update on this page.
Onwards and Upwards! – Although not in 2018 it seems :)
Check before you visit!
If you want to check for the latest updates of exactly what day in 2018 the London hot air balloon spectacle will take place, be sure to check the Lord Mayor’s Appeal updates page to keep your finger on the pulse.
We’ll get a great view from our waste disposal depot in Battersea as the balloons will be lifting off from nearby Battersea Park. 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 won’t be allowed in for health and safety reasons. Instead, you’re better off heading over to the west bank of the river along the northern Embankment, where you’ll get a great view.
Things will start ‘hotting up’ (excuse the terrible pun!) at around 5/5.30am in the morning 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 hot air 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 started from London City Airport but this year’s event marks the event’s 30th-anniversary celebrations. The 2018 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.
If you’re interested in what else London has to offer this summer, have a quick peek at our 2018 London Summer Events blog.