Lord Mayor's Show

The Lord Mayor's Show
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Watch the elaborate parade, featuring dancers, horses, military marching bands and more, as the City of London celebrates its newly elected mayor with the 800-year-old tradition. Read More


Cheer on the new mayor and the spectacular procession, as they wind their way between Bank and Aldwych for The Lord Mayor's Show.

The Lord Mayor's Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor. Every year since, the newly elected Lord Mayor has travelled from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown.

These days, the parade is more of a celebration than a show of loyalty. See the mayor arrive in a procession of 25 boats travelling from Westminster to Tower Bridge between 8.30am and 9.30am. Then join in the fun between 11am and 2.30pm, as around half a million people line up along the route to watch the colourful parade travel across the City of London. After the procession, a fantastic fireworks display lights up the sky over the river Thames at 5.15pm.

The iconic golden Lord Mayor's Coach can be seen at the Museum of London during the rest of the year.


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