The RICOH Lord Mayor’s Appeal Hot Air Balloon Regatta, London

Lord Mayor's Regatta

Sunday June 19th 2016

A fabulous thank you to everybody who helped make this year’s RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta an amazing Success.

47 hot air balloons including the Longelat Lion, The William Hill Scottish Cup and of course the RICOH Imagine.Change. special shape balloons all flew between Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, heading directly over the O2 and London City Airport before flying out of the city into the Essex countryside.

Flying at the from of the pack, Exclusive Ballooning chief pilot Andrew Holly had special VIP guests The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London Alderman The Lord Mountevans and The Lady Mayoress on board.

The press coverage has been huge with Time Out London streaming the event together with ITV London, BBC News, London Standard, Telegraph, Daily Mail… the list is long.

We are delighted to announce that this flight has raised £46,750 bringing the total raised so far by the Regatta to over £125,000.

For press releases and pictures please contact us on 01453 511280 or via contact on this website.

Pilot applications for 2017 will open on December 26th 2016 at 3pm.

The 2015 Balloon Regatta

The inaugural Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta took to the skies of London on Sunday 7th June 2015.

At 5:15am, forty balloons launched from Shoreditch Park and headed for the City. Flying over the Thames, the balloons flew between Tower Bridge, The Shard and Canary Wharf, with The Tower of London and the 02 arena also clearly visible.

The iconic London skyline was filled with this unique sight for over an hour, with many people on the ground posting and tweeting pictures of the unexpected sight of the Regatta balloons. Throughout the morning  #HotAirBalloons and #BalloonRegatta were trending on twitter.

Exclusive Ballooning

Exclusive Ballooning have a proven track record of helping to raise more than £7,000,000 for UK charities and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal has become the company’s focus for 2015 and beyond.

In January 2015, Exclusive Ballooning were invited to attend a hot air balloon event in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, home of the original 1831 London Bridge, with the dedicated and Exclusive Ballooning sponsored Lord Mayor’s Appeal hot air balloon. The balloon and team were guests of Michael McCulloch, grandson of Robert McCulloch, the founder of Lake Havasu and the original buyer of the Bridge.

During the event, British National Champion and Exclusive Ballooning’s Director; Andrew Holly was piloting the Lord Mayor’s Appeal hot air balloon and had the perfect flight, flying over the original London Bridge and then dipping slowly in the lake next to the bridge, simply floating there for several minutes to entertain the crowds next to and on the Bridge before flying up and out, over the London Bridge Resort.

Exclusive Ballooning has brought mainstream hot air ballooning into the heart of London over recent years with balloons at Buckingham Palace, the Tate Modern, the Guildhall, Exchange Square and famously flying underneath Tower Bridge for Disney in 2009.

Andrew Holly was himself bestowed the Freedom of the City for his work within marketing and fund raising with hot air balloons.