In Pictures: Up, up and away – hot air balloons dominate London skyline

Hot air balloons have taken to the sunny skies above London to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Up to 50 left from Battersea Park on Sunday morning in an event which has raised more than £175,000 in the last three years.

Hot air balloons over London
Hot air balloons over London
Hot air balloons over London
Hot air balloons over London
Hot air balloons over London
Hot air balloons over London
The Shard as seen from a hot air balloon
The Shard as seen from a hot air balloon
A hot air balloon prepares to take off from Battersea Park
A hot air balloon prepares to take off from Battersea Park
Hot air balloons fly over London
Hot air balloons fly over London
Hot air balloons take off from Battersea Park
Hot air balloons take off from Battersea Park
Hot air balloons fly over London
Hot air balloons fly over London