Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks
Sat Nov 8
© Clive Totman
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Jan 10 2013
In 2014 the Lord Mayor's show takes place on Saturday November 8.
The flamboyant procession involves thousands of people from a huge variety of London organisations and hundreds of horses, along with marching bands and floats. Starting from Mansion House at 11am, it winds its way through the historic streets of the Square Mile to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. At 11.45am the State Coach leaves Guildhall and travels to Mansion House to pick up the new Lord Mayor, joining the procession near the back. Going out, the parade travels past St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Lord Mayor will pause to receive a blessing. On the way back, between 1pm and 2.30pm, the route goes via Embankment.
It’s not Boris who’s the centre of attention on this occasion. The new mayor being celebrated is the annually elected ambassador of the City of London.
What began as a reassuringly public way for the Lord Mayor to swear an oath of loyalty to King John had become a popular pageant by the sixteenth century. It featured in Pepys’s diaries and in works by Canaletto and Hogarth. Originally, the mayor travelled by river; later he rode on horseback – until 1711, when Sir Gilbert Heathcote fell off and broke his leg. The magnificent State Coach subsequently commissioned from Joseph Berry of Holborn cost £1,065. But it’s been used in every parade since and continues to earn its keep as a star exhibit at the Museum of London the rest of the time.
Around half a million people gather to watch the celebrations, which traditionally end with a spectacular fireworks display over the Thames, between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. The pyrotechnic finale was cancelled in 2012 but to the delight of Londoners it returned for 2013. The fireworks are set off from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. Watch from the bankside roads (which are closed to traffic, as are both bridges) or grab a prime position on one of the spans.
Grandstand seats along the route for the Lord Mayor's Show are released in May or June and sold on a first come, first served basis. They always sell out by the middle of October. To receive advance notice when tickets become available, join the mailing list at www.lordmayorsshow.org/procession/grandstands.
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Just arrived in London as part of my 70th year birthday celebrations to see The Lord Mayor's Show tomorrow. Information very helpful. Shame that it's taken nearly 40 years to have a second woman as Lord Mayor. Let's hope it's not another 40 years before the third!
A great free day out is in store for everyone tomorrow! The outward journey from Mansion House to the Law Courts begins at 11am, the return journey sets off from Victoria Embankment at 1pm with the Lord Mayor reaching Mansion House around 2.30pm The Fireworks on the Thames are at 5pm. Don't forget if you are coming along, after the Show as usual, City Guides (official guides to the City of London) will be providing free guided walks (a small donation to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal will be welcome: four charities will benefit: Beating Bowel Cancer; Princess Alice Hospice; Raleigh International and Working Chance) from 3pm at No 1 Poultry (the pink and yellow building at the end of Cheapside). We will get you to Blackfriars in plenty of time for the fireworks which will be at 5pm. Your guide will take you to fascinating places and tell stories of people and events connected with them, including the Lord Mayor’s Show and its traditions. Walks will leave from No 1 Poultry (by Bank underground station) between 3 and 4.30pm. No need to book just turn up. If you can please come along, have fun and support the Lord Mayor's Appeal. All the best to Alderman Fiona Woolf in her year in office.
Great and informative overview about the Event! Thanks to Timeout;) Looking forward to this amazing Parade!
It's fantastic that as a family we can enjoy this event , that generations have enjoyed. for free. A definite in the Xmas run-up,
Fond memories of watching as a small child, now looking forward to taking my 15 year old daughter and 5 year old son to enjoy such a wonderful parade, in the hope that one day that they will take there own children. We even had a Lord Mayor Treloar in our family. So can't wait to explain all the history to the children and enjoy with friends who are also coming along. Would like to wish everybody in the parade a wonderful day. Recommended for all ages*******
Not just an official ceremony, but a representation of London diverse and colourful reality. Worth watching from a window, if you got the chance.
You can't beat the Brits for pomp and ceremony, it's fun, colourful, a great atmosphere to lift the spirits before the impending doom of Winter. Get yourself down there and cheer everyone along, You'll feel so much better afterwards I promise you!
British pageantry at its best and most harmless! Worth celebrating too our second only female Lord Mayor, can't wait...
Looks fantastic and will appeal to all. My children will definately love it and it celebrates an old English Tradition and keeps it alive in the minds of people.
Just to confirm, thiis years Show will be on Saturday 9th November officially starting at 11am. Free Guided Walks from 3-4.30pm. Fireworks on the Thames at 5pm
After the Show as usual, City Guides (official guides to the City of London) will be providing free guided walks (a small donation to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal will be welcome: four charities will benefit: Beating Bowel Cancer; Princess Alice Hospice; Raleigh International and Working Chance) from 3pm at No 1 Poultry (the pink and yellow building at the end of Cheapside). We will get you to Blackfriars in plenty of time for the fireworks which will be at 5pm. Your guide will take you to fascinating places and tell stories of people and events connected with them, including the Lord Mayor’s Show and its traditions. Walks will leave from No 1 Poultry (by Bank underground station) between 3 and 4.30pm. No need to book just turn up. Enjoy the day!!!
Looking forward to this years spectacular. Will be standing near the cathedral for the duration. What time do the fireworks start this year? I have the horse brasses that my grandfather won in The Lord Mayors show in 1933&34 when he was a dustman for Billingsgate area.
This will be a grand affair and a piece of history. Look out for all the Livery Companies in the procession.
I have watched the Lord Mayor's show for the past four years and it it truly amazing, The pageantry is wonderful, as are the floats, the admosphere is great everyone friendly and having a great time. Roll on November 9th I cant wait to be there.