Lord Mayor’s Show, and fireworks display

Address:
The City, London 51.513086 -0.088435
Dates & Time:
River pageant from 9 AM to 9.30 AM (Tower Bridge opens up at 9.25 AM)
Procession from 11 AM to 2.30 PM
Fireworks from 5.15 PM to 5.30 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch. See lordmayorsshow.london
Parking:
If you’re driving to London here are some car parks near The City
Minicabs:
Book a minicab near The City
Buses:
The following bus routes go near The City: 4, 8, 11, 15, 21, 23, 25, 26, 42, 43, 47, 48, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 242, RV1
London bus fares 2016
Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit The City are Bank Cannon Street Mansion House Monument Moorgate
Note: The actual closest train station to The City is Bank
London train fares 2016
Disclaimer: London Drum has no association with The City. Whilst we make every effort to ensure the event information is accurate, firework displays in London are sometimes cancelled or amended without us being notified. You should always reconfirm the fireworks display with The City before making plans

This event has already passed

The Lord Mayor's Show is one of the world's longest running pageants -- nearly 800 years old and still going strong. It takes place every year and is when the new Lord Mayor of London gets sworn into office (not to be confused with the Mayor of London -- which is a totally different office). The parade features everything from military bands and acrobats, to decorated floats and the Gold State Coach.

The day will start with a River Pageant at 9 AM. The new Lord Mayor will travel to the City in a flotilla of traditional barges and boats, including the famous Gloriana. Tower Bridge will open up in salute at 9.25 AM, and the Lord Mayor will disembark at HMS President at 9.35 AM.

The main road procession will start at Mansion House at 11 AM, and head down Poultry and Cheapside, before turning left past One New Change, and then down the side of St. Paul's along St. Paul's Churchyard (where the grandstands will be -- if you want to sit in the grandstands then you need to book a ticket in advance from lordmayorsshow.london).

The Gold State coach will set off a little later -- leaving Guildhall at around 11:45 AM. It will join the back of the procession at roughly 12:06 PM.

When the Lord Mayor passes St. Paul's at roughly 12:17 PM he will pause briefly to receive a blessing, and then he will head down Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street towards the Royal Courts of Justice. The head of the procession will have reached there long before (at 11:27 AM), but the Lord Mayor won't get there until one hour later (at roughly 12:38 PM). He will then take an oath of allegiance to the Queen.

The parade will then form up again along the Victoria Embankment (just past Temple Station), and set off at around 1 PM. It will then head along the river and back towards Mansion House via Queen Victoria Street, arriving sometime between 2 and 2.30 PM.

The day will end with a huge firework display over the river between 5.15 PM and 5.30 PM. The best vantage points will be between Waterloo and Blackfriar's Bridge (standing on either the South Bank or Victoria Embankment).

More events:
Events in The City

 

Did you go to this event?  Write a review…

 Guest – “Where is the best place to watch the Lord Mayors show procession from”

Admin – “It's a fairly long route, stretching all the way from Mansion House, down past St. Paul's, and on to the Royal Courts of Justice, so you can see the procession all along that route.But the actual action (the ceremonial parts) take place outside St. Paul's and the Royal Courts of Justice. If I had to recommend one of those two then I would go for St. Paul's, because there's a big semi-circular area in front of the steps. You will likely be able to see more of what's going on -- but the grandstand seats cost money. You need to book them -- purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase ... id=8267298. [Note: The grandstands aren't outside the front steps, they are down the side of the cathedral along St. Paul's Churchyard.]The main ceremony takes place outside the Royal Courts of Justice.But remember there's also some boats to see along the river, plus the fireworks. The best place for the boats is wherever you can see Tower Bridge, because it will open up to let them through. The fireworks are best seen along the riverbank between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars.”

Got a question?
Talk about Lord Mayor’s Show and fireworks display

 
 

If you like fireworks displays in London at The City, then you might also like these other London events…

A Christmas walk around Charles Dickens’ London – 3rd, 17th and 23rd December 2016Enjoy a walk around the Victorian streets where Charles Dickens found inspiration for Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger.

Guided tour around the area of Roman Londinium – 8th December 2016Go on a guided walk through the streets of Roman London, and see what remains of the old city of Londinium.

Walking tour: The Great Fire of London in 1666 – 10th December 2016The Museum of London will be putting on a walking tour around the City streets to teach us about the Great Fire of London.

If you like The City, then you might also like…

> Royal Exchange events If you like the The City then you might like these events at London’s Royal Exchange as well
> St. Paul’s Cathedral events If you can’t find any events at the The City then maybe you can try the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London
> Mansion House events If you like this event at the The City then try our guide to events at the Mansion House in London
 

Have you seen our London eBook?

500 pages packed with money saving tips, reviews, photos and street maps

Honest reviews of London’s most popular attractions and landmarks

Example itineraries – two weeks of ideas, including one week for kids

Insider tips – look inside Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s for free

Bus and train fares – a detailed guide to the buses, trains, Oyster cards and fares

Available to buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Blackwell’s, Waterstones and more

Copyright © 2016 London Drum. All rights reserved · Contact London Drum · Privacy policy / Terms of use / Cookies

By category

By day

By month

By venue

Find events

Custom dates

London Pass

Save some money with London Pass Cheap entry into London attractions

London Pass

Learn more about London Pass

> Save moneyFree or discounted entry into top attractions

> Save timeJump the longest queues with Fast Track entry

Oyster card

Get an Oyster for the cheapest fares The easiest way to travel in London

Oyster card

Buy Oyster Cards Buy travelcardsBuy an Oyster card

> Save moneyGet the cheapest fares on London transport

> Easy to usePay as you go credit on the buses, boats and underground trains

London blog

Read our review:
Leighton House Museum

The Leighton House Museum is the architectural equivalent of opening up a brown paper bag and finding a diamond inside.… more

Read our review:
Tate Modern

I promised myself that I would come to the Tate Modern with an open mind, but I know I'm going to laugh at the modern ar… more

Read our review:
St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields is famous for helping out the homeless, and whenever you come in here you'll find a few of them… more

Cheap tickets

Buy theatre tickets