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The Lord Mayor's Show is No.2 in our Top 10 list of best annual events
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 (11.07 AM), before turning left past One New Change, and then down the side of St. Paul's Cathedral (11.13 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 12.06 PM, where it will pick up the new Lord Mayor. It will pass Cheapside at 12.14 PM and St. Paul's Cathedral at roughly 12:26 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 11:26 AM), but the Lord Mayor won't get there until one hour later (roughly 12:39 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 1.10 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 around 2.40 PM.
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Great Fire of London walk for families – 11 and 24 Nov 2018 – A family-friendly walk around some of the sites associated with the Great Fire of London, with mini-challenges along the way
Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons – 8 Jan to 20 Dec 2018 – Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free, and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons.
Attend PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) – Every Wed – You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday, at Prime Minister's Questions.
Sadiq Khan, at Mayor’s Question Time – 13 Sep 2018 to 21 Mar 2019 – The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayor's Question Time, in their monthly meeting at City Hall.
Watch a case at the Royal Courts of Justice – Mon to Fri – Why not try something a bit different -- how about going to the Royal Courts of Justice and watching a real-life court case?
Watch a real-life court case at the Old Bailey – Mon to Fri – Watch the long arm of the law in action at the Old Bailey, where members of the public can sit in the gallery and watch a case.
Mansion House: The Lord Mayor’s Residence – Every Tue – Look inside the Lord Mayor of London's official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall.
Check out our guide to all the daily parades in London
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If you enjoy The City then you might like to visit Bank of England (you can walk it in less than 2 mins), Guildhall (you can walk it in 6 mins), Mansion House (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Royal Exchange (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and St. Paul’s Cathedral (you can walk it 10 mins)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans