The State Coach

The Mayor’s procession originally travelled to Westminster by river, where it gave us the word ‘float’, then for a long time the Mayor and Aldermen travelled on horseback.

That all changed in 1711, when Sir Gilbert Heathcote fell off and broke his leg. Ever since then, the Lord Mayor has ridden in a coach. To begin with a coach and four was hired, such as the one you see in Hogarth's Industry and Idleness, then on 4th April 1757 Sir Charles Asgill commissioned the magnificent State Coach from Joseph Berry of Holborn.

The coach cost £1,065.0s.3d, making it not only older but more lavish than the similar coach used for coronations. The cost was met by the Aldermen of the day.

In modern money their gift was worth about £120,000 but it has been estimated that just to construct a replica today would cost over £2 million, and the real value of the coach is incalculable.

The coach has been used in every Show since it was built - now over 250 years ago - and between Shows it can be seen in the Museum of London.

Lord Mayor's Day: Timetable, Flotilla, Procession, Guided walks, Fireworks, Grandstands

Useful guides: Getting to the Show, Access for disabled people, Pocket map

For residents and businesses: Summary of disruption, Roads closed, Bus routes

For the media: 2015 Show, Press releases, Press Pictures

History: 800 Years, Obstacles, Art & literature, Dates, Gog & Magog, The book