Yesterday evening, after two previous attempts, we ascended into the skies of London by hot air balloon.
The trip was part of Sky Orchestra, a fleet of seven balloons floating over the capital at dawn and dusk, playing serene music to the unsuspecting residents below.
We ascended from Danson Park in Bexleyheath, flying over Sidcup before coming to rest in the Old Elthamians training ground near Chislehurst (hi guys – sorry we interrupted your game). This video gives a flavour of the view from the basket:
The project is part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and is sanctioned by the Mayor. It is curated by artist Luke Jerram, with music by Dan Jones. The balloons only managed two ascents during the project, but no doubt provided an unforgettable experience for every Londoner who witnessed them.
Our three-mile route is shown below. It's amusing to see that the halfway point is, coincidentally, over a road called Halfway Street.
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Ian Mansfield of Ian Visits was in another balloon. His write-up can be found here.