Access for disabled people to the Lord Mayor’s Show
The Lord Mayor's Show is naturally accessible and enjoyable by everyone but it is worth planning for crowded pavements, and of course you will not be able to drive into the area in the usual way.
The busiest parts of the route are around St Paul's and Mansion House. If you're at all concerned about the crowds, or might be a bit unsteady on your feet, please avoid those areas.
In quieter places like Fleet Street, Victoria Embankment and Queen Victoria Street the crowd should be much more manageable and you should be able to use folding chairs. There is also less of a crush during the return leg of the procession, so for wheelchair users the best option may be to head for Victoria Embankment at about 1pm.
If you decide to go for the first leg of the procession and you want to be at the front of the crowd, try to get there by about 10. Front row positions are bagged quite early on.
Blue badge holders
There is a limited amount of parking available in the Old Bailey area for Blue Badge Holders, who can watch the outward leg of the Show from a reserved area at the junction of Ludgate Street and Old Bailey, just after St Paul's. Please download the application form below and follow its instructions.
Space is set aside on Queen Victoria Street for coaches bringing elderly or disabled people to watch the procession as it returns to Mansion House. Please download the application form below and follow its instructions.
If you have any questions about either form, please write to Larry Costa at the City of London. Applications should be made by Friday 18 October at the latest.
For wheelchair users and anyone who is concerned about standing up in a crowd for the hour and a half that it takes the procession to pass, the grandstands are by far the best place to watch the Show. As well as the banked seating there are places reserved for wheelchairs, each with space for an accompanying carer if required.
You can buy grandstand tickets online or by calling Gerard Pryce in the ticket office on 03332 406003. Gerard can also be reached on email@example.com. Don't delay: the wheelchair space is limited and the grandstands usually sell out.
There is also a free dedicated viewing area for disabled people and their families at the junction of Old Bailey and Ludgate Hill, managed by the City of London Access Team. It is not under cover so visitors are advised to bring umbrellas and waterproof clothing. No seating is provided but folding chairs can be brought. It is marked with a (V) on the access map.
Accessible WC's are provided at various locations around the parade route including Blackfriars Bridge, Old Bailey, New Change and on Queen Victoria Street (junction with Cannon Street). All of them are marked on our one page map, in the access map and in the interactive maps of our smartphone apps. You can also find them using the City's neat Toilet Finder app on android or iOS.
The City of London access team have published a map of the Show showing all the features that might be of special interest to disabled visitors.
Accessibility in the City
The City of London Access team can be contacted on 020 7332 1995 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.