A Day Of Pomp And Pagentry At The Lord Mayor’s Show – 6 Essential Things Spectators Need To Know

Join the free festivities this Saturday 11 November celebrating the appointment of a New Lord Mayor of the City of London – Charles Bowman – at the Lord Mayor’s Show.

In keeping with over 800 years of tradition, the newly elected Lord Mayor of London, 7,000 people, 200 horses and more than 150 floats will undertake a colourful three mile procession from Mansion House in the City to the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand for a special ceremony in which the Mayor swears loyalty to the Crown.

Here are 6 practical tips to help anyone thinking of going to watch get the most from their day.

Use Public Transport to travel to the event. Most roads in and around the City will be closed for the show so you’ll get there quicker and with less hassle if you leave your car at home.

Familiarise Yourself With The Procession Route in Advance Download a copy of the official information leaflet with map of the route before-hand.

Don’t Get Caught Short by downloading this map in advance you will always know the location of the nearest public conveniences.

Get there early (well before the published start times) to grab the best views. The busiest spot is on the outward procession between Bank and St Pauls from 11am-12.30pm. It may be less crowded for the inward procession between Blackfriars and Mansion House from 1.15pm-2.30pm.  Alternatively, get up much earlier to grab a place to watch the Mayoral Flotilla from Waterloo Bridge (9.00am) or London Bridge (9.20am).

Identify The Floats If you want to know who is passing you by on the procession route download the show app which also provides other useful updates such as where to stand, what’s next and other places of interest nearby to visit. The whole procession will take 1.5 hours to pass by and the Lord Mayor’s Coach is close to the back of the procession.

Dress In Practical Clothing and Footwear Wear layers of clothing to keep out the November chill. If you’re too hot you can always remove layers. A waterproof jacket or umbrella may also be useful if the weather takes a turn for the worst (current forecast is for sunshine– but be prepared just in case!)  Keep in mind that flat shoes are most comfortable if you’re going to be standing up for an extended period of time.

In the short clip below, the Pagentmaster Dominic Reid takes us behind the scenes of the rehearsal for last year’s show.

Full details of this year’s event can be found at https://lordmayorsshow.london/




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