Is it a chook? Is it a aircraft? No… it’s hordes of sizzling air balloons scattered throughout the gray skies of the capital.

This weekend, 50 sizzling air balloons are going to take flight in London as a part of the Ricoh Lord Mayor’s Scorching Air Balloon Regatta, an annual celebration in support of the Lord Mayor’s Enchantment.

This yr’s extravaganza goes to start out in Battersea Park.

As soon as the occasion has begun, the recent air balloons will then enterprise over a number of well-known London landmarks together with Buckingham Palace, the Homes of Parliament, the London Eye and the Tower of London.

The regatta was initially resulting from happen in June and July. 

Nonetheless, resulting from adversarial climate circumstances, it was postponed till Sunday 25 November and Sunday 2 December.

The regatta is a part of the Lord Mayor’s Present, an annual occasion that’s taken place within the capital because the 16th Century.

It raises consciousness of the Lord Mayor’s Enchantment, which gives help for organisations together with Samaritans and kids’s psychological well being charity Place2Be.

Sunday’s occasion has been organised by Unique Ballooning, a number one aerial advertising and marketing specialist.

Over the previous three years, the regatta has raised greater than £175,000 for charity.

“The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is rapidly establishing itself as one of many cultural highlights related to the Metropolis of London,” says Alderman Charles Bowman, former lord mayor of London.

“It brings collectively charity, neighborhood and commerce, every thing that the town – and the lord mayor – is all about.”

The official Lord Mayor’s Enchantment sizzling air balloon will lead the aerial launch, carrying the lord mayor and lord mayoress of London, and can begin at round 5-5.30am.

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