The new Lord Mayor arrives in the City in a splendid flotilla including QRB Gloriana and many other traditional Thames barges from the livery companies and Port authorities. They set off from Westminster at 8.30 and Tower Bridge will open in salute at 9.25.
The world-famous Lord Mayor's Procession sets off from Mansion House at 11:05am. It pauses at the Royal Courts while the Lord Mayor swears allegiance and then returns by the Victoria Embankment at 1pm. The Lord Mayor will get back to Mansion House just after 2pm.
Leave your car at home! The roads are all closed, the whole of London is clogged up and there’s nowhere to park anyway. Several tube and train stations will bring you out right on the processional route: St Pauls is on the outward leg, Blackfriars or Mansion House are on the return leg and Bank is right in the middle of everything.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is naturally accessible and enjoyable by everyone, and you will see many disabled people both taking part and joining the crowds to watch. The only problems you might encounter are to do with getting into the City and negotiating the busy streets. See the access page for advice and useful contacts.
The Lord Mayor's Show shuts down the City of London for most of the day. There is no road access at all, either in or out, and many bus services are diverted or interrupted. We regret the inconvenience this causes but the security of the Show is taken very seriously and no exceptions can be made.
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Participation in the Show is by invitation only, but enquiries are always welcome.
The grandstands have long since sold out but you can sign up to our mailing list for early access next year.
The Lord Mayor’s Show enthusiastically embraces the Shakespearean view of life, a particularly English phenomenon founded in literature by the London Poet Chaucer, and described by another London author Dickens as “streaky bacon”. By this he meant that the way we do things here is to put the comic and the tragic against each other, we do coarse and we do grandeur. We do bawdy and we do elegance. In the first two or three hundred years after his death Shakespeare was heavily criticised by Classicists especially in France for this mixture. Well, the Lord Mayor’s Show perpetuates it. There is splendour and there is a knees-up.Melvyn Bragg, in his introduction to the 800th anniversary book