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London Red Bull Air Race

Come and enjoy this spectacular air race over the River Thames.

The Georgian House Hotel is a great place to stay if you are planning to attend the London Red Bull Air Race. The hotel is located in a quiet, safe area close to Victoria Station. Buses return to Victoria throughout the night, and the hotel reception is open 24 hours. Call us on Tel: +44 (0)207 834 1438.
Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race in London

The Red Bull Air Race World Series is an international competition where the world's most skilled pilots compete in races to navigate through a series of obstacles in the sky.

The Red Bull Air Race is set to come to London in July. The River Thames will provide the location for this exciting competition. The international event will begin on the Saturday as a qualifying day, with the finals taking place on the Sunday.

Seating for the London Red Bull Air Race will be located this year on the south side of the river in Greenwich and the north side of the river in the borough of Newham. Standing only tickets for the Red Bull Air Race will be situated on the Thames Path directly in front of The O2.

History of the Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Air Race was established in 2003 with the idea of challenging some of the world's best pilots in speed, precision and skill. The first race was held in Zeltweg, Austria at the Air Power show.

The world aerobatics champion, Peter Besenyei was approached by Red Bull to develop the concept of combining both highly precise and accurate flying with speed to create a highly competitive race.

It became hugely popular with subsequent air races being held over the world, and has now continued into its current format of the World Series. The Red Bull Air Race World Series consists of seven events across the world. The official Red Bull Air Race World Champion is the pilot who finishes the World Series with the most ranking points.

Format of the Red Bull Air Race

The Red Bull Race has been described as a slalom race in the sky. The pilots speed through the course at speeds of over 250 miles per hour navigating their way through obstacles known as air gates.

The air gates stand at 20 metres high to define the race track. They are usually set up either individually so that the pilot flies through them like a slalom gate or parallel to each other, with the pilots flying between the gates.

The pilots are required to pass through each of the air gates correctly while completing the required aerobatic manoeuvres. They fly individually against the clock to complete the manoeuvres with both speed and precision, and mistakes result in penalty points.

  • 3 second penalty - incorrect passing.
  • 10 second penalty - touching a gate
  • Disqualification - dangerous flying and not flying the course.

This year a knock out round has been introduced to the air race. The pilots will have to qualify with only the best course times proceeding thought to the Sunday final race day. The event also includes a show at the beginning of the competition with various displays from the different aircraft.

The Red Bull Air Race has been so popular with spectators because of the excellent views the crowds experience during the air race. The low level flying, compact course and the close proximity of the contest make the Red Bull Air Race a really fund and interesting day out.

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Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan a trip to the London Red Bull Air Race? You can book online or email to make a reservation on, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438