A hot air balloon flight over the capital, exclusive to Red Letter Days!
Lift-off from central London and gently drift at heights of up to 1,500 feet
Marvel at stunning birds-eye views of London's most beloved landmarks
Toast the flight with champagne or a soft drink after landing
Exclusive to Red Letter Days, a hot air balloon flight over London is a unique way of seeing the capital's most beloved sights. Starting from a central London launch site, meet the pilot for a safety briefing before helping to set up and inflate the balloon. Once in the basket, lift-off for a Phileas Fogg style adventure to the clouds and peacefully soar at heights of up to 1,500 feet. Soak in amazing aerial views of many of London's celebrated buildings and landmarks from this unique vantage point. After returning to terra firma, help the crew to pack away the balloon before toasting the flight with a refreshing glass of champagne or a soft drink. Be dropped off at a suitable underground or rail station to conclude this high flying experience.
Air traffic restrictions mean London flights are available weekday mornings only, from late April to mid August. Flights are generally scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings, meeting shortly after dawn.
Max weight 18 st. Min height 4'6''. Min age is 8. Under 16's must be accompanied by a participating adult. Ballooning isn't suitable for pregnant women. Participants MUST be able to climb into the basket. Medical conditions must be declared in advance.
Balloon flights over London are extremely weather dependent. Conditions must keep the balloon free of restricted air space and offer sufficient wind speed. It is vital you call the venue at 11pm the evening before the flight.
Flight duration is approximately one hour but can vary depending on operational factors. Please allow four to six hours for the whole experience.
Numbers on the Day
Share the balloon with between 8 -16 other flyers, plus a qualified pilot.
Spectators are welcome to watch the spectacular launch and wave you off. A pair of binoculars or a camera are sure to come in handy.
Wear trousers, long sleeves and sensible footwear. Please don't wear loose scarves or jewellery. Consider a hat to avoid heat from the burners overhead. Landing sites may be muddy. Luggage on these flights is restricted to one handheld item.
If postponed, an alternative date or location can be arranged.