The Lord Mayor’s Show is like no other procession in the world. It is 3 miles long and nearly 800 years old and its 6000 participants will spend months preparing floats for the amazement of hundreds of thousands of people who line the streets of the City to watch them go by.
The Show is always on the second saturday in November, which is often but not necessarily the day before Armistice Day. It starts at 11am, give or take a couple of minutes depending on the timing of the RAF flypast. The processional route goes from Mansion House via Bank, St Pauls and Fleet Street to Aldwych, and the tail of the procession will get to the Royal Courts at about 12.15. There is a short break during the ceremony, then the whole procession sets off again at 1pm to take the new Lord Mayor back to Mansion House. The procession finally ends at about 2.30 when the last floats reach the city.
At 3pm you are invited to take a guided walk, sample some of the other activities available in the city or just have a cup of tea, and then at 5pm the new Lord Mayor starts a magnificent firework display over the Thames. The fireworks are launched between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges and for the best view you’ll want to get down to the riverside, but you can see them from all over London
For more information visit the event website at www.lordmayorshow.org. Make sure you leave your car at home as roads will be closed.