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Lord Mayor's Show

​A year in the making

It may only be one day for onlookers but a Show as large and spectacular as this requires a full year’s worth of planning and organisation.

Costumes, uniforms, music, banners, horses, instruments, vehicles, technology, ceremony, masks, floats and participants of all ages are brought together in a colourful, raucous, vibrant procession to entertain the crowds and welcome the new Lord Mayor to the role.

As with the ever-changing City they represent, no two Shows are ever the same but you can expect a mix of tradition and modernity with something for everyone. From the grandeur and splendour of the Lord Mayor’s Coach, accompanied by the Pikemen and Musketeers, to the community groups with their dazzling outfits and performances to the modern institutions demonstrating their creativity and pride in the City. And that’s not including the varied military units, charities, liverymen, and more.

In all more than 7,000 people, 200 horses and around 150 floats will pass in front of youas they travel from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice and back, in a day like no other.

So to really see a year in one day, come along and help celebrate the Lord Mayor’s Show and make it a day to remember.

Before and after

There won’t be a fireworks display after the Show but new this year are a host of events, activities and attractions at St Paul’s Churchyard/Paternoster Square and Bloomberg Arcade – keep an eye on the Show website for further details nearer the time.

And to round off the day visit the Tower of London which is commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War by filling its moat with thousands of individual flames to remember the lives of the fallen.

Make a full day of it in the City (2MB).

The essentials

Getting here

The City has plenty of train, tube and bus links but check with TfL for service changes. There will be significant road closures and restrictions in place to accommodate the procession so drivers should check in advance.

Seeing it all

Get to the procession route early if you want a good view, especially if you have kids. Busiest parts are likely to be around St Paul’s and Mansion House but Cheapside, Fleet Street, Victoria Embankment and Queen Victoria Street are usually clearer.

Best views guaranteed

Why not make sure you get a clear view and a seat from which to enjoy the whole Show by buying tickets for the grandstands? These allow you to enjoy unrestricted views of the procession as it travels to St Paul’s from New Change right in front of your eyes. Fully wheelchair accessible spaces are also available but book early as tickets go fast. Ticket prices include a copy of the official

Access

There is a dedicated disabled persons’ viewing area at Ludgate Hill. The map inside shows accessible WCs but not all are to full wheelchair access standard.

Toilets

To find your nearest toilet, download the City Toilet Finder App. This will display details, distance from your location and facilities available and with around 90 toilets across the City you are never more than five minutes’ walk away.

Programme

Who is the new Lord Mayor? What are their plans for the year ahead? Who’s taking part in the Show? What do the ceremonial roles mean? All these questions and much, much more are answered in the official Lord Mayor’s Show programme 2018. It will offer a full run down of all you need to know about the Show as well as being a commemorative souvenir of the event itself. Copies cost £5 and are available throughout the Show route from one of the many volunteers on hand and can also be pre-ordered online or by phone.

More information

Lord Mayor's Show website
020 7332 3456


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