The Lord Mayor's Show Official 800th Anniversary Book

A landmark event in London’s calendar since the Middle Ages, the Lord Mayor’s Show is today a vibrant mix of state ceremony, military parade and carnival, attended by half a million people and viewed live on television by millions each year. Yet no book, until now, has attempted to offer a panoramic perspective of the Show from its origins up to the present day.

The Show’s Pageantmaster, Dominic Reid OBE, and publisher Third Millennium have created a special record of the lavish display witnessed every November in the City of London. Experts are contributing pieces on everything from the Show’s history and the significance of its customs to the representation of the Show in art and literature. Sumptuously illustrated, the book presents a wealth of material from archives, private collections, and the holdings at the Guildhall and the Museum of London, and also includes specially commissioned photography.


Hardback with 144 full colour pages of 270 x 230mm, around 150 illustrations and 30,000 words. For a sample chapter please see our page about Dick Whittington, which was reproduced with kind permission from the book.

Selected contents

Section 1: Heritage and Traditions

  • The Mayoral Charter of 1215 and the City’s Magna Carta of 1297
  • Map of the Processional Route
  • The Guildhall
  • The Mansion House
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Royal Courts of Justice
  • The Privileged Regiments
  • The 12 Livery Companies
  • The Pageantmaster
  • The Lord Mayor’s Banquet

Section 2: Paraphernalia and Treasures

  • The State Coach
  • The Lord Mayor’s Barge
  • Gog and Magog
  • The Pearl Sword
  • The State Sword
  • The Mace
  • The Cap of Maintenance
  • The Lord Mayor’s Robes

Section 3: Noteworthy Shows and Lord Mayors

  • William Walworth and the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381
  • Richard Whittington
  • Anthony Munday’s Pageant of 1616
  • Sir John Robinson
  • The Gordon Riots of 1830
  • The 1876 Show, with 13 elephants
  • The Recruiting Show of 1915
  • The Blitz and WWII

Section 4: The Show in Art and Literature

  • Commentators and Speechwriters
  • Canaletto’s Westminster Bridge, with the Lord Mayor’s Procession on the Thames
  • Hogarth’s The Industrious ’Prentice Lord Mayor of London
  • Logsdail’s The Ninth of November, 1888
  • George Cruikshank’s Cartoons
  • The Illustrated London News
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Sabotage