The Lord Mayors Show London celebrates an 800 year London tradition in grand, historic style. Take to the streets on Saturday 12 November to enjoy parades, festivities, fireworks and more in a truly historic London event.
The fireworks spectacle and parade first took place in 1215, during which the Lord Mayor was presented to the Sovereign for approval. The procession’s traditional journey from the City to Westminster has over the years grown in size and the event now includes a full parade and show, in which officials, workers and Londoners of all ages and all walks of life come together to celebrate London’s heritage.
Lord Mayors Show London procession
Around 6,000 people will be involved in the event alongside carriages, marching bands, floats and other vehicles. The procession itself is around three miles long, and promises to be a memorable sight as it makes its way from The City to St Paul’s Cathedral. Starting out from Mansion House the beginning of the procession will be marked by aircraft fly-past.
Pomp and circumstance
The Lord Mayors Show London is a traditional affair combining eight centuries of London history. The first event to ever be broadcast live on TV, it has survived the Black Death and The Blitz and this year’s event is expected to attract 500,000 people to the capital’s streets whilst millions more watch the event at home on TV.
Lord Mayors Show London
Londoners of all ages can join in the fun at a landmark London event. Expect plenty to see and do throughout the show, with 2,000 servicemen and women taking part in the processions alongside 220 vehicles, 71 floats, 13 marching bands and 21 carriages, including the lavish State Coach.
It is traditional for the Lord Mayors Show London event to finish spectacularly with a gigantic fireworks display launched from a barge on the River Thames, located between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. The fireworks display marks the end of the show and the beginning of a new mayoral year and it is widely expected to be one of the most stunning fireworks displays of 2011. Crowds of Londoners will head to the river to watch the fireworks which start at 5pm.
- The Lord Mayors Show London takes place on Saturday 12 November
- Procession begins at 11am
- Arrive early anywhere along the route to ensure a good spot
- The event is free to attend
- Fireworks are due to begin at 5pm.