Striking images show hot air balloons soaring over London

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image captionThe balloons flew over many of London's famous landmarks

Dozens of hot air balloons took flight over London and filled the capital's skyline on Sunday morning.

A total of 46 balloons took off from Battersea Park and flew over some of London's landmarks including The Shard, Canary Wharf and Greenwich.

It was all part of the Lord Mayor's Hot Air Balloon Regatta - which has been running since 2015.

Funds raised will go to three charities - Samaritans, OnSide Youth Zones and Place2B.

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image captionThe hot air balloons took off from Battersea Park at 05:15 BST
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image captionIt is the first time the Lord Mayor's Hot Air Balloon Regatta has taken off from Battersea Park

Since being set up and founded in 2015, the regatta has raised a total of £250,634.

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image captionSome of the balloons were notable for their irregular shape
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image captionThe event raises awareness and money for The Lord Mayor's Appeal charities
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image captionBalloons floated along the Thames from Battersea towards Greenwich in south-east London
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image captionStriking images showed the colourful balloons cross over London's morning sky

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