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The Lord Mayor's Show is one of the world's longest running pageants with military bands and acrobats, decorated floats and a gold coach. It's nearly 800 years old and takes place every year 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 day will begin with a River Pageant. The new Lord Mayor will board Gloriana at Westminster Bridge (8.30 AM) and the flotilla of barges and boats will pass under Waterloo (9 AM), Blackfriars, London Bridge (9.20 AM) and Tower Bridge (9.25 AM), before he disembarks by HMS President at St Katherine's Dock (9.30 AM).
The two-mile road procession will then begin at Mansion House (11 AM). The Band of the Coldstream Guards will lead it down Poultry and Cheapside (11.12 AM), before turning left past One New Change, and then down the side of St. Paul's Cathedral (11.18 AM). This is where the main grandstands will be -- if you want to sit in the grandstands then you have to get hold of a ticket from lordmayorsshow.london.
The gold coach will set off from Guildhall a little while later (11.45 AM), not arriving at Mansion House until 12.05 PM, where it will pick up the new Lord Mayor. It will pass Cheapside at 12.12 PM and St. Paul's Cathedral at roughly 12:17 PM, where the new Lord Mayor will pause to receive a blessing. He will then head down Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street towards the Royal Courts of Justice. The head of the procession will have reached here long before the Mayor (at 11:32 AM), but the Lord Mayor won't get there until one hour later (roughly 12:37 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. The parade will then head along the river towards Mansion House, arriving at approx 1.33 PM. The gold coach carrying the Mayor will arrive sometime between 2 PM 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. So you need to stand either on the South Bank or Victoria Embankment.
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