Nearly 50 hot air balloons filled the London skyline this weekend as part of the 2019 Lord Mayor's regatta.

In an awe-inspiring display, the balloons took off en masse from Battersea Park on June 9 at 5.15am, the first-ever launch of its kind from this location.

Hundreds of people took to social media to post their own photos of the beautiful balloons.

This years event marked the regatta's fourth anniversary.

Balloons could be seen from across the city, especially in places like Greenwich Park.

The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta is quickly becoming a standout feature in London’s calendar and the annual event has raised an overall total of £250,634 to date.

The funds raised for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal will support three inspirational charities: Samaritans, OnSide Youth Zones and Place2Be.

Founded and organised by the world’s leading aerial marketing specialists, Exclusive Ballooning, the Balloon Regatta has been running since 2015 and has received continued support from headline sponsor RICOH along with the City of London Corporation.

Alderman Peter Estlin, Lord Mayor of London, comments: “The Lord Mayor’s Balloon Regatta is quickly establishing itself as one of the cultural highlights associated with the City of London, creating breath-taking views across the capital’s iconic skyline. It brings together charity, community and commerce, everything that the City, and the Lord Mayor, is all about.

“Every year, the event raises awareness and money for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities. Over the next two years, the Appeal is focusing on three organisations: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans.

"All this work – supported by the Regatta, RICOH and other corporate partners – will work towards one aim: to build an inclusive, healthy skilled and fair City – A Better City for All.”

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