The Lord Mayor’s Show has walked through as many as 799 years of London history to arrive in the current century as probably the most impressive public pageant in the world. The show is named after the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a ceremonial region in Greater London. Also known as ‘the Square Mile’, the city is London’s major financial district.
Every year, a new Lord Mayor is appointed and a parade is made of the inauguration. This definitely reflects the prominence of this office in England. The show is centred on a street parade, offering you the customary British pageantry with various modern facets. The day after swearing in, the Lord Mayor and others participate in a march from the Guildhall, via places like St Paul’s Cathedral and Mansion House, in the city of London, to the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Lord Mayor swears adherence to the crown.
Dedicated to win the support of the City in his feuds, King John in 1215 permitted the Mayor of London to become one of the first elected offices. Needless to say, the Mayor was a new power. Two months later, William Hardel who was the new Mayor of London put his signature to the Magna Carta. It was a requirement of the new Charter establishing it that the newly elected Mayor travelled to the royal enclave at Westminster to present himself at the court and take an oath of loyalty and commitment to the ruler. And it began! The event is listed in the City’s Civic Calendar as ‘The Procession to the Royal Courts of Justice and Presentation of the Lord Mayor to the Chief Justices’. All these years, Lord Mayor of London has been a highly regarded position and the Mayor’s journey a spectacle. It grew so much that by the sixteenth century, this grand spectacle was known all over as the Lord Mayor’s Show. From the plays of Shakespeare to the adventures of James Bond, the show has been featured several times. In the 20th century, the Lord Mayor’s Show became the first outside event to be live. Even to this date and time, the show pulls millions of TV audience.
Today, you can witness the City’s businesses, charities, Her Majesty’s forces and Londoners from all spheres of life come together on this day to be a part of a celebration of the City’s authority and affluence.
The 2014 Show
The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show is scheduled on Saturday, November 8. The day is packed with family activities, exhibitions and other special events.
River Pageant: 08:30
The traditional Lord Mayor’s journey was taken by barge on the iconic river Thames. The modern Lord Mayor celebrates that tradition by travelling in a splendid flotilla of boats and barges. The beautiful Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25.
Lord Mayor’s Procession: 11:00
With over 7000 participants, 150 horses, hundreds of carts, carriages and coaches along with vintage cars, helicopters, penny farthings and fire engines, this definitely is a procession unlike any other. It sets off from Mansion House at 11am, takes a halt at the Royal Courts when the Lord Mayor gives his oath, and then returns up the Victoria Embankment at 1pm.
Guided Walks: 15:00
In between the procession and fireworks, one can find guide lecturers offering walking tours all around the streets of the City of London. These walks are easy and free.
Lord Mayor’s Fireworks: 17:15
The first day in office is completed by the new Lord Mayor with a glorious fireworks display over the River Thames. The launchpad floats in the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars. As the roads are closed, one can take a walk or enjoy the end of this magnificent show.
The City of London
The City of London is a ceremonial county within London and is based on the original Roman town of Londinium. The boundaries of the city have stayed constant since the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by Tower Hill, Liverpool Street. It is one of the two districts to hold the status of a city, the other being the City of Westminster. It houses some of London’s best attractions like Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. For a wide range of accommodation options in the City of London, check out RatedApartments.com and experience the most authentic spirit of the city.