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Lord Mayor’s Show: A Guide to Visiting the City’s 800-Year-Old Tradition

Lord Mayor’s Show: A Guide to Visiting the City’s 800-Year-Old Tradition

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Pomp and ceremony – nowhere does it quite as well as London, as the Lord Mayor’s Show serves to remind us. This annual event is a longstanding London tradition that you should experience at least once. 

With the Lord Mayor’s Show returning to the City of London in the coming weeks, here’s everything you need to know…

A Guide to the Lord Mayor’s Show 2021

What is the Lord Mayor’s Show?

Dating back to the 13th century, the City originally organised The Lord Mayor’s Show so the new Lord Mayor could introduce him or herself to the people of the City.

There’s a whole spectacle and display for revellers to enjoy and to commemorate the event. This takes place in the form of a three-mile procession – the world’s oldest and longest civic of its kind. 

Visitors can enjoy a mix of; military bands, 60 bright and colourful floats, and over 120 horses. Every year is different, whilst remaining faithful to the rich melting pot of cultures within the City.

This year, depending on Covid-19 restrictions, the event may be scaled back and may not include Lord Mayor’ show fireworks, for instance. The City is yet to announce the full details.

What Date is the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2021?

Look no further for the Lord Mayor’s show date – the event takes place annually on 13 November – this year, it falls on a Saturday.

Do I Need Tickets for the Lord Mayor’s Show?

The good news is that you do not need tickets for the Lord Mayor’s show, as the event is free to attend. There’s special Disabled access – blue badge holders can apply here.

It starts at the Guildhall around 11am and typically finishes an hour or so later at The Royal Courts of Justice, where the Lord Mayor William Russel takes the oath of allegiance.

Guests can attend at any point along the route, and there are festival zones with food stalls, exhibitions, live entertainment and funfair rides.

Other Practical Tips for Watching the Show

On the day of the Lord Mayor’s Show, it’s best to take public transport or walk. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and bring plenty of plasters, water and snacks to keep you going. Weather is typically unpredictable, so waterproofs and an umbrella are always advised.

There are also plenty of bathroom facilities, including those around the procession route, near the Old Bailey, Queen Victoria Street and Blackfriars Bridge. You should also download the ‘Toilet Finder’ app.

In previous years, there has also been a Lord Mayor Show’s ‘Ghost Parade’. This is a non-publicised run-through of the event taking place in the early hours of the morning. The horses, majestic coach and Lord Mayor are in all attendance.

Finally, if you can’t make the Lord Mayor’s Show, you can always enjoy it from the comfort of your living room. Tune in to the BBC for the full coverage and commentary – and don’t forget to wave your flag

To learn more, visit the official Lord Mayor Show’s website and download the official app.

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