How ballooning lets you see London from a different angle
A famous city all over the world, London welcomes droves of tourists every year, and its fascinating sights are well known. Covering such a vast expanse, what better way to check out the UK capital than by gliding overhead on a hot air balloon ride?
Centuries of ballooning brilliance
The pioneers of the ballooning world first flew through the skies of London over 200 years ago, and their success and the ever-growing interest in taking hot air balloon rides means people are still enjoying a similar experience, and even some of the same landmarks that were around a couple of centuries ago.
London thrill-seekers simply take their place in the wicker basket, which is designed for passengers wishing to take to the skies with the help of a material balloon shape that is filled with hot air. The heated air creates buoyancy that lifts the basket and its passengers up into the air, providing a much better viewing platform of the area below.
Sights for your checklist
As you soar over the city, you may spot Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, as well as the Houses of Parliament. Football fans may be keen to check out the football ground of popular teams such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotsput, while others simply want to enjoy the ambience and experience that a hot air balloon ride can bring.
Flight times can vary, and are always dependent on the prevailing weather conditions. Taking a balloon flight over London means that there can be Air Traffic restrictions in place at certain times of the year.
When considering a hot air balloon flight, think about the time of day you will be set off, factor in what you may need to take and wear clothes that suit the weather conditions. Taking the time to prepare means that once you take off, you can relax and enjoy the experience.