Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks
Sat Nov 8
© Clive Totman
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 29 2014
In 2014 the Lord Mayor's show takes place on Saturday November 8.
When it comes to London’s traditional events, this is one of the biggies, referenced in Pepys’s diaries and in works by Canaletto and Hogarth. Today a procession (11am-2.40pm) involving some 7,000 people and 180 horses, along with dancers, drummers and floats, sees the gilded state coach, normally on display at the Museum of London, wind its way from Mansion House through the Square Mile to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand, returning via Victoria Embankment. The new Lord Mayor (the annually elected ambassador of the City of London) leaves the gilded carriage twice during the proceedings: at St Paul’s Cathedral (12.20pm) to receive a blessing from the Dean, and at the Royal Courts of Justice (12.40pm) to swear an oath of allegiance.
In 2014, the parade will be preceded by a flotilla starting at 9am and featuring the Queen’s gorgeous barge Gloriana (watch from bridges in the City). Also, for the first time, the City of London Corporation’s copy of Magna Carta – currently on display at the City of London Heritage Gallery at Guildhall will take part in the proceedings, to launch celebrations of the ancient charter’s 800th anniversary. It will travel in the coach in front of the one carrying Alderman Alan Yarrow, the next Lord Mayor.
Later in the evening (5.15pm) the festivities will end with a bang with a spectacular fireworks display over the Thames.
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 often 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.