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18 Stunning Pictures Of The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Balloon Regatta

It’s not every day that you see a horde of hot air balloons floating over the city at sunrise.

Now, you might be accustomed to seeing dawn from the post all-night sesh side, but if you’re the kind of relentlessly healthy, well-adjusted person who sees it from the other side, then you’ll have seen something special yesterday morning: an incredible balloon regatta soaring over London. Yep, it really happened, and here’s the proof:

Early on Sunday morning, a flock of hot air balloons soared through the skies…

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @chrisb2493

…as part of the Lord Mayor’s annual Balloon Regatta.

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @sam_neequaye

Almost 50 balloons took to the skies just after 5am…

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @mya_mmoe

…starting at Battersea Park and floating serenely over Battersea Power Station.

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @alexis_w

The wind blew them eastwards, hugging the southern bank of the Thames…

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @catmorley

As they floated past the Houses of Parliament, the Shard, and over to Canary Wharf.

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @oliverhl

Meanwhile, most of us were still in bed (it was a Sunday morning, after all).

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @baylymatt

As per tradition, the epic convoy of balloons was led by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.

 

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The event is all to raise money for charities chosen by the Lord Mayor…

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @eliteairballooning

…and it’s managed to raise over £250,000 since the first balloon regatta was held in 2015.

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @littlelondonwhispers

As British weather is so damn flaky, they have to set aside four different dates for the event…

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @eliteairballooning

And having blown through the first date (along with all the 2018 dates last year), things were a little up in the air (bah-dun-tish!)

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @berni_sees

Thankfully, the weather came through this time, and the regatta went off without a hitch.

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @beerballoonsbilling

The balloon regatta made for a dreamy sight…

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @baylymatt

In fact, we’re kind of wishing this was a more regular occurrence.

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @atmosphere_hot_air_balloons

Anyway, we’re already looking forward to next year!

 

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(Maybe we’ll actually get out of bed in time…)

Balloon Regatta
Photo: @toosytorkia

Featured image: @chrisb2493


Also published on Medium.