9am: River Pageant

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.

11am: Procession

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.

5pm: Fireworks

The new Lord Mayor completes his first day in office with a magnificent fireworks display over the Thames. The launchpad is between Blackfriars and Waterloo and all the roads in that area are still closed, so you can watch from either bank of the river.

Getting here

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.