Traffic and bother

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. We regret the inconvenience this causes but the security of the Show is taken extremely seriously and there can be no exceptions. Please avoid scheduling works, weddings or deliveries on the day of the Show.


Almost the whole of the City of London shuts down on the day of the Show. The details will be published here in late October, with some fine-tuning in the last few days before the Show, but we can tell you that the controlled area remains broadly the same from year to year. The whole area from Kingsway to Bishopsgate and from Holborn to the river is likely to be closed from the early morning until some time between 3 and 4 pm. Blackfriars bridge will close but Southwark, London and Waterloo are likely to remain open. Some key mustering areas will close on Friday night, and watch out for parking-suspension notices as the day of the Show approaches.


Visitors' parking spaces in the City are all closed on the day of the Show. To save people from being trapped in the City, the suspensions take effect at 12 noon on Friday. Pay and display tickets bought before 12 will be allowed to run but on the Friday afternoon no more parking is allowed.

Most residents' parking is unaffected, but there are some bays closed around Fann Street, Golden Lane and High Timber Street: please look out for notices of future suspension. Those areas are used to assemble the parade and any cars in the way are very likely to be impounded.


The usual summary is that every bus stop between Trafalgar Square and Liverpool Street is closed. I'm sorry to say that if your bus travels through that area then it will either turn back or be diverted around it. This means timetable changes and sometimes delays to services outside the City. We have prepared an overview of affected routes that is not very precise but may help to plan a journey.


The situation is much easier if you're on foot or on a bike, especially with the absence of traffic, but there are some things to be aware of:

  • There will be no buses to take you out of the closed area. Tubes run as normal, but stations near the processional route can get very busy at times.
  • You can't cross the processional route once it has been set up: the whole length is lined with police and barrier-jumping makes them very unhappy. The only way to cross is by way of the underpasses at Bank, City Thameslink and Mansion House tube stations. They are all marked on our map.
  • Allow plenty of time: after about 10am the pavements around the route will fill up quickly, especially around Bank, Mansion House and St Pauls. It can take a long time to get down Cheapside, but you will find that back roads and shortcuts are fairly clear.
  • Don't leave your bike chained to a lamp post on London Wall or to be on the safe side, anywhere else around the processional route. It is very likely to be cut off and taken away on Friday night or Saturday morning.


The 'secure area' in which the roads will be closed corresponds roughly to the whole of postcodes EC2 and EC4. It also takes in a bit of WC2 - east of but not including Kingsway, the eastern side of Aldwych and Lancaster Place - that covers WC2R, WC2A and a bit of WC2B. There will be no deliveries to that area and no access for works until at least 4pm.