The Lord Mayor's Show

The Lord Mayor's Show

Welcome! The next Lord Mayor's Show will be held on Saturday 12 November 2022.

The Lord Mayor's Show dates back to the early 13th century, when King John rashly allowed the City of London to appoint its own Mayor. The King insisted that each newly-elected Mayor should come to Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown, and the 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

Details of the 2022 procession will be announced in the autumn, around the time of the election of the new Lord Mayor.

Roads closed

Details vary slightly from year to year but essentially 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.