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The Lord Mayor’s Show 2013
Experience an exciting and vibrant London tradition this November – the Lord Mayor’s Show! In excess of 6,000 people will participate in a fabulous show of tradition and pageantry in this three mile long procession. A grand spectacle for all the family, this custom has graced the streets of London for 798 years! It’s advisable to arrive by at least 10.30am, as the route is always full of spectators.
Lord Mayor’s Show Key Facts
2013 Date: Saturday 9th November 2013
The Lord Mayor’s Show is an annual London event on the second Saturday in November has been running since 1215! Henry Fitz-Ailwyn was London’s first Lord Mayor in 1189.
The show exists as a visual way for the Lord Mayor to pledge his allegiance to the Crown (the current king or queen) and is demonstrated via the procession.
The new Lord Mayor is required to swear a pledge his allegiance in front of the Lord Chief Justice and Judges of the Queen’s Bench Division, hence the route from Mansion house in the City of London (the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London) to the Royal Courts of Justice.
Lord Mayor’s Show Procession Timetable
11am: Look skyward for a military flypast over Mansion House which marks the beginning of the parade celebrating the first public outing of the 683rd Lord Mayor of the City of London.
The procession moves on to St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Lord Mayor is blessed by the Dean of St Paul’s, and then continues on to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears an oath of allegiance to the Queen (The Crown).
1pm: A colourful array of floats, marching bands and jugglers then sets off on the return journey along Victoria Embankment on the Thames to Mansion House, where the newly sworn-in Lord Mayor of London arrives to be greeted by the City Aldermen and Livery Company Masters in their colourful robes.
5pm: A spectacular half hour firework display is launched by the New Lord Mayor from a barge moored on the River Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.
The organisers recommend viewing this from Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, or anywhere on the South Bank between the National Theatre and the Tate Modern as these give the best views.
Blackfriars Bridge is especially reserved for disabled people and families with small children so if you belong to these constituencies then take note.
The Lord Mayor’s Show Route and Precise Timings
11:00: The head of the procession sets off from Mansion House heading along Poultry and down to Cheapside. (The state coach joins the tail end at 12:08)
11:26: The front of the procession reaches the Royal Courts of Justice. (The State Coach will arrive at 12:43)
12:27: The Lord Mayor receives a blessing at St Paul’s Cathedral and then heads on towards Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street
1:10: Return leg sets off from Temple Place. (The tail of the procession will not leave until 2.44.)
3:00: There are free guided walks from Number 1 Poultry
Map Of Lord Mayor’s Show Procession
What to do after the Lord Mayor’s Show
You will have some free time between the end of the show and the fireworks so you may want something to fill the gap. If a walking tour isn’t your thing, then you might like to get off of your feet for a while before the evening fun starts. We recommend a nice relaxed tour on one of our London Bus Tour trips where you can get an open top view of some of our capital city’s finest monuments.
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