The Lord Mayor's Show

The Lord Mayor's Show

Welcome! Alderman Vincent Keaveny has been elected as the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London and the 2021 Lord Mayor's Show was held on Saturday 13 November 2021. You can watch it on the iPlayer here.

The Show dates back to the early 13th century, when King John rashly allowed the City of London to appoint its own Mayor. He insisted that each newly-elected Mayor should come to Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown, and the Lord Mayor of London has been making that journey for over 800 years. Around him (and her) grew up the noisy, colourful, joyous procession that over the centuries became known as the Lord Mayor's Show. 

Procession

The 2021 Lord Mayor's Procession includes full-size model elephants, Japanese drummers, a horse-drawn bus, the tallest fire engine in Europe and of course, the Lord Mayor's splendid State Coach, the oldest ceremonial vehicle in the world still in regular use.

Roads closed

The whole City area is closed for most of the day of the Show, admitting no traffic at all. Buses are diverted while the Show is on and parking spaces suspended from the Friday afternoon.

Getting here

Sorry: cars and buses don't work on Show day. Tubes, boats and bicycles are much better, and there are many nice ways to walk into the City when it is free of traffic.

Where to go

Some suggestions for different ways to watch the Show depending on how much you like a crowd and what else you might like to do that day.

Access

Please click through for advice, suggestions and access-pass forms that we hope will be helpful to disabled visitors to the Show.