800 Years of the Lord Mayor’s Show
The story of the Lord Mayor's Show begins in 1215 with the well-founded mistrust of King John. The King sought to win London to his side by allowing it to choose its own Mayor but he insisted that every new Mayor must leave the safety of the City of London, travel upriver to distant Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown.
Over the centuries this inconvenient journey became one of London's favourite rituals. It moved from river barges to horseback and then into the magnificent State Coach, and around it grew the rowdy and joyful mediæval festival that became known as the Lord Mayor’s Show.
The ancient pageant is now bigger than ever. It is a London institution and hasn’t missed a year since Wellington’s funeral blocked the whole city in 1852. The modern procession is over three and a half miles long and fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm, cheered by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by millions more.
There are fewer sword fights these days but the floats are grander than ever and it's a great day out for every generation. You are all warmly invited to come to the City of London on November the 8th and take your place in eight centuries of London history.
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