The Lord Mayor's Show
Come to London in November to join in the fun.
The Lord Mayor's Show, London
The Lord Mayor's Show is held at the beginning of November. The Lord Mayor's Show winds through nearly 800 years of London's history, marching unscathed through everything from the black death to the blitz. In the 17th century it was inconceivable that the building site would later become St Paul's Cathedral. In the twentieth it was the first event ever to be broadcast live on television. In the 21st, the Lord Mayor’s Show is a day out for half a million people, with 3 million more watching on the BBC.
The loyalty of the Lord Mayor might be less questionable now than it was in 1215, but the newly elected Mayor must still make his way to the Royal Courts of Justice to pledge allegiance to the Crown, just as Dick Whittington did in 1397 (and again in 1406 and 1419). As you watch the Lord Mayor's coach go by, remember that someone stood in exactly that spot four hundred years ago and marvelled at the sight of a camel on its way to meet Elizabeth I.
The Lord Mayor’s Show starts at 10.55am but people start staking out their places from about 9.30. Anywhere on the route is a good place to enjoy the fun - just check out a map and choose somewhere that's handy for you to get to. For the outward journey, Mansion House and St Paul's are full of action (the BBC cameras will be at Mansion House, as usual), but they tend to get very crowded. On the return leg, Queen Victoria St and Embankment are great places to watch.
The Lord Mayor is escorted by the traditional pikemen in magnificent uniforms. A limited number of grandstand seats are available each year, including places reserved for disabled people.
If you're coming to the Show, you must stay for the spectacular fireworks display at 5pm. The fireworks are launched from a barge moored on the Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges, so anywhere on either Embankment between these two, or on one of the bridges themselves, will give terrific views.
There are a couple of hours free between the end of the The Lord Mayor's Show and the start of the fireworks, but the Show isn't the only part of mediaeval London you can visit - the City offers many interesting ways of getting lost in twisty streets with evocative names and obscure branches.
Don't forget to buy your copy of The Lord Mayor's Show commemorative programme published by PSP Communications. It costs £3 and tells you everything you need to know about who's who and where they're going. You can pick one up on the day.
In the Lord Mayor’s Show 2002 Her Majesty The Queen had graciously lent eight carriages: together with the Lord Mayor’s magnificent State Coach, there were carriages taking part, making it the largest and grandest carriage procession in the world.
All the spectators are welcome to the Lord Mayor’s Show. For more information visit www.lordmayorsshow.org
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