London Hot Air Balloon Rides

Views of the capital's iconic skyline

Virgin Balloon Flights offers a variety of launch locations surrounding the city, each showcasing stunning scenery. Soar above bustling streets and admire the breathtaking patchwork of fields, parks, and charming towns that fringe the urban sprawl. This unforgettable experience promises unparalleled perspectives and memories that will last a lifetime.

London Hot Air Balloon Experiences

Why Choose A London Hot Air Balloon Ride

Soar above the iconic landmarks of London on a unforgettable hot air balloon flight with Virgin Balloon Flights. Witness panoramic vistas of the city's rich history and verdant landscapes.

See if you can spot Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, or the unmistakable silhouette of the Shard against a clear blue sky. Every London hot air balloon ride is a unique adventure, shaped by the gentle whims of the wind, offering a fresh perspective on London's most remarkable sights.

Virgin Balloon Flights offers a variety of launch locations surrounding London, ensuring a unique experience for every explorer. Head north and marvel at the rolling hills of Essex and Hertfordshire. Journey west and discover the picturesque landscapes of Oxfordshire and Surrey. Venture south and soar over the Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. No matter the direction, breathtaking views and unforgettable memories await.

Give the gift of an extraordinary experience! Surprise your adventure-loving family and friends with a Virgin Balloon Flights gift voucher. Let them choose their perfect launch location for a thrilling hot air balloon experience, or browse our suggested sites below to spark their wanderlust. This bucket-list experience is guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime!

Central London's skyline with the Shard visible

London Hot Air Balloon Launch Sites

We offer several launch sites around the outskirts of the city, each providing a stunning aerial view of the iconic skyline and picturesque countryside. Whether you choose to embark on your adventure from the rolling hills of the North Downs or the tranquil expanses near the Chiltern Hills, each location promises an unforgettable experience. Our London launch sites are within an approximate 30-mile radius of Central London.

North London Hot Air Balloon Rides

Welwyn Garden City (Hatfield House)

The stunning Hatfield House is the setting for a glorious Hertfordshire hot air balloon ride. Experience the skies and enjoy unforgettable panoramic views on the airborne adventure of a…

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Knebworth

Take life higher on an unforgettable Hertfordshire hot air balloon ride and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Our iconic big red balloon launches from

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Berkhamsted

An unforgettable Hertfordshire hot air balloon ride adventure awaits when you go up, up and away from our beautiful Berkhamsted launch site. Take life higher on the flying experience of a…

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East London Hot Air Balloon Rides

Brentwood

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime when you take to the skies for an unforgettable Essex hot air balloon ride from Brentwood. Appreciate the beauty of eastern England on your flight as you…

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Chelmsford

Beautiful Essex landscapes await when you take to the skies for a stunning Chelmsford hot air balloon ride adventure. Go up, up and away on the airborne experience of a lifetime and enjoy…

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South London Hot Air Balloon Rides

Tunbridge Wells

Sky high views across the stunning ‘Garden of England’ await when you go up, up and away on an unforgettable Kent hot air balloon ride. Whichever way the wind takes you, breath-taking views…

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Hollingbourne (nr Leeds Castle)

Take flight for an unforgettable adventure with a Hollingbourne, near Leeds Castle hot air balloon ride. Admire the stunning ‘Garden of England’ from on high as you drift serenely wherever…

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East Sussex (Wadhurst)

An unforgettable experience awaits when you go up, up and away on our spectacular East Sussex hot air balloon ride. Launching from the pretty market town of Wadhurst, enjoy stunning views…

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Hickstead (West Sussex)

Take flight on a West Sussex balloon ride for an experience day you will never forget. Our beautiful big red balloon in West Sussex takes you up, up and away from the iconic Hickstead…

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Guildford

Take the experience of a lifetime and go up, up and away on a magnificent Surrey hot air balloon ride. Breath-taking panoramic views await as you launch into seemingly endless blue skies on…

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West London Hot Air Balloon Rides

Henley-On-Thames

Go up, up and away and experience a truly unforgettable Henley-On-Thames hot air balloon ride. The glorious Oxfordshire landscape stretches out in every direction as you drift gently…

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Berkhamsted

An unforgettable Hertfordshire hot air balloon ride adventure awaits when you go up, up and away from our beautiful Berkhamsted launch site. Take life higher on the flying experience of a…

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Let Virgin Balloon Flights whisk you away on an unforgettable adventure; choose from multiple launch sites surrounding London.

Each location offers a unique perspective, showcasing Hertfordshire's charming villages, Oxfordshire's rolling hills, Surrey's dramatic North Downs, Kent's verdant ‘Garden of England’, or Essex's historic estates. Soar above picturesque towns and endless rolling green landscapes. On a clear day, you will catch sight of London's iconic skyline in all its glory.

Hot Air Balloon Festivals London

The London Balloon Regatta is an annual event that sees a spectacular display of hot air balloons floating over the city's skyline. Typically held in the summer months, the regatta gathers balloon enthusiasts and pilots from around the world to participate in a series of balloon flights and competitions. The event often includes activities such as mass ascents, where numerous balloons take off together, as well as competitions like target drops and hare and hound races, adding an element of excitement and competition to the festivities. Spectators can enjoy the vibrant colours and graceful movements of the balloons as they drift across the London skies, creating a memorable and picturesque sight for all involved.

We don't offer commercial flights from the London Balloon Regatta at the moment, though you can check out other hot air balloon festivals we fly from in our Ultimate Guide to Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the UK.

London Hot Air Balloon Regatta

The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta is a celebrated event that takes flight across central London, raising awareness and funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal - MQ Mental Health…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take a hot air balloon flight directly over London?

Due to various restrictions and regulations we do not offer flights directly over the city itself.

What can I expect to see on a hot air balloon flight over London?

While Virgin Balloon Flights doesn't offer rides directly over central London due to air traffic control, you'll still experience a breathtaking panorama of the city, London's outskirts and the charming English countryside.

Depending on your launch location, you might spot iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace (from a distance) or the Shard, all while drifting over historic estates, quaint villages, and scenic areas of natural beauty. The wind may even carry you towards rolling hills, verdant fields, or even a glimpse of the coast! Prepare to be surprised and delighted by the unique perspective a London hot air balloon ride offers.

What specific landmarks can I expect to see from each launch site?

Soar from our Brentwood & Guildford launch sites and discover a tapestry of history and beauty. Spot Ingatestone Hall, a 16th-century mansion, near Brentwood, and imagine the inspiration it offered to John Constable. At Guildford, witness the North Downs, charming villages, and even a hint of London's skyline on a clear day. Explore other launch site options below.

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