The Lord Mayor’s Show


Introduction

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.

History

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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

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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

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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.

BNP Paribas Masters 2014


An annual tennis tournament for male professional players, the Paris Masters is held in France and is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour. It is officially known as the BNP Paribas Masters because of its sponsorship.

For its 29th edition to be held from 25th October 2014 to 2nd November 2014, the ambitions are really high. It is not just an outstanding level tennis but also a live show with a remarkable atmosphere, thereby offering you an experience of a lifetime. The event has the record of offering people a unique and matchless urban culture with the involvement of top artists from all over the world.

 

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This event takes place inside the famous sports area POPB (Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy) in Paris. It was opened in 1983 and is rightly referred to as the temple of indoor tennis to Paris. Situated between the Siene and the Ministry of the Budget, in the city’s 12th arrondissement, it has a capacity of more than 14,000 seats. Bercy is the closest metro station. The Indoorground experience planned by the BNP Paribas Masters brings together lighting, sound and amazing special effects to offer a marvelous experience to all.

The games start at 10 am on all the days of the tournament. To get access inside the POPB and have access to your seat, it is advisable to reach at least 30 minutes before the start of the game.

How to Reach?

Needless to say, it is ideal to use public transport which has a lower negative impact on the environment. There is a taxi stand located in front of the main entrance. You can also take 24 or 87 bus route. Parisian subway is also a great and convenient option. You can take metro line 1, 6 and 14. Your choice of transport does make a significant difference.

 

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Where to Stay

One of the 20 arrondissements of Paris, the 12th arrondissement also called as the arrondissement de Reuilly is an ideal place to stay. The place has been reorganized recently, especially the Cour Saint-Émilion and Bercy area. This arrondissement houses the Bercy Arena, French Ministry of Finances, the popular Opera de la Bastille and also Bois de Vincennes. At http://www.ratedapartments.com/paris/all-short-term-lets.html, we offer you an exhaustive list of serviced apartments close to the venue and equipped with all the facilities to make your trip to Paris a memorable one.

The ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Season, the BNP Paribas Masters showcases the crème de la crème as they compete to win the prestigious title. Undoubtedly one of the most esteemed tournaments in the world with the best players in the ATP circuit, it is definitely a must watch.

 

Art Elysees & Design Elysees


“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

–         Pablo Picasso

A mecca for art lovers, Paris pulls the known and the not so known of the world owing to its fascinating history of art and design. Having produced legendary figures like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Henri Matisse, Gustave Courbet, Patricia Erbelding, Nicolas Poussin and hosted influential artists like Picasso himself, Paris’ grandeur is truly inspiring.

As the eighth edition of one of the most popular and definitely inescapable events, Art Elysees begins, here’s yet another chance to celebrate the glory of art. From 23rd October 2014 to 27th October 2014, on the Champs-Élysées Avenue from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand Palais, one can be a part of an influential event that comprises traditional collectors and also increasing number of fresh art lovers. By incorporating the interior design show Design Élysées to Art Élysées, the organizers expose an assortment of outstanding artworks and furniture with a focus on contemporary art and historical design. Both the events gather close to 70 galleries inside 3 pavilions, thereby offering you a miraculous view of contemporary art and design furniture.

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The event showcases the work of artists like A-Sun Wu, Valerio Adami, Yaacov Agam, Ron Arad, Eduardo Arroyo, Henri-Georges Adam, Karel Appel, Javier Balmaseda, Jean-Michel Atlan, Jean-Rene Bazaine, Jean Bertholle, Remi Blanchard, Louise Bourgeois, Jean-Jacques Ceccarelli, Robert Cocteau, Jorge Enrique and Cesar to name a few.

The fair is unquestionably a perfect meeting place for specialists, gallery owners, collectors and amateurs of art and design to make contacts and dynamic exchanges. In order to keep up the quality and identity of the exhibition, the organizers work in close coordination with the artistic committee consisting of art collectors and experts.

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Geometric Abstraction and Kinetic Art

This time, Art Elysees with the Contemporary Art Center Frank Popper presents an exhibition that invites the discovery of geometric abstraction and lumino-kinetic art, as a tribute to the artist Carlos Cruz Diez Venezuela. Visitors can come and experience Chromosaturation, a habitat with three bedrooms in red, blue and green colour, in complete monochrome situation. The Contemporary Art Frank Popper is a place of artists’ residencies and international exhibitions. Created by Franz Spath Silva and Georges, it is also a center of training and research. It is open to all styles, designs, installations and performances with an emphasis on kinetic and constructivist art.

 

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With so much popularity, it goes without saying that Paris during this time will certainly experience a huge hike in tourist numbers. It is therefore a wise idea to book your accommodation well in advance. Ratedapartments.com offers you a charming array of serviced apartments in the price range of £120 per night to £400 per night right on the Champs-Élysées Avenue. Take your pick and let art mesmerise your senses.

Festival Paris Banlieues Tango 2014


The international and multicultural spirit of the famous Paris Banlieues Tango Festival is purely matchless. One of a kind in Europe and presently in its 17th edition, the festival has grown and developed all these years while keeping its style and identity intact. For seven long weeks starting October 13 this year, the city of light will enjoy to the tune of dances, tango concerts, workshops, courses, lectures, theatre, exhibitions and a lot more. The festival attracts audience from all nationalities, ethnicities and areas.

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The festival, through more than twenty concerts offers a chance to discover an extensive gamut of tango and folklore of the Rio de la Plata. From Quartet Susana Blaszko bringing to you the classics of tango, Tango Carbon presenting original compositions and newer sounds, Quintet del Angel with a collection of Astor Piazzolla to the mesmerizingly fantabulous Volver, Giant Tangoleon and Octavio Sola and Co, every performance at the Paris Banlieues is worth a watch. Some of the other remarkable concerts include Respiro Tango taking you through the history of music, Duo MS/ Gotan in the form of a lively combination of tango and jazz, Orquesta Metafisica offering you a magnificent metaphysical opera and Jorge Garcia Herranz.

Talk of dance and the PBTA festival beats all! Comprising an introduction to Tango and Milonga, an Evening Tango Reservoir and finally the closing night Les Berges du Tango, the festival brings the passion of dance just too perfectly. Needless to say, Paris Banlieues Tango is true to its multicultural mission and brings to you some amazing film series of the Rio de la Plata. The documentary “Mercedes Sosa. The voice of Latin America” explores the life of Sosa. Films like “In her Eyes”, “Refugiado” and “El Chino” at the festival will certainly enthrall you. As a tribute to Julio Cortazar, there is a presentation from two documentaries on the writer.

milangoThe festival offers a common ground for enlightening debates, talks and conferences. Uruguay. Literature and Society on October 16, 2014 throws light on Uruguay. To pay homage to Julio Cortazar, the famous writer Silvia Baron Superveille speaks on October 18, 2014. Similar talks, all meant to pay tribute to Cortazar take place at venues such as House of Latin America, College France – Amphi Bude and Hotel Massa.

A wide and exciting range of workshops and exhibitions will also take place during the Paris Banlieues Tango Festival where you can explore and learn Tango. Workshop Tango Sensations, Evening Tango Reservoir, Tango Workshop Thursday and Tango Workshop Monday are some of the programs offered. While you are here, don’t forget to catch the beautiful “Uruguay Trilogy” at Theatre District Ivy.

With so much happening in Paris, a trip to the city of light during this time will definitely not fail to satisfy your appetite to learn, discover and experience more. And why not add to your Parisian experience and make it more fulfilling by picking an apartment that suffices your tastes and requirements? Check out http://www.ratedapartments.com/paris/all-short-term-lets.html for some amazing studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms and four bedroom apartment ranging from £78 to £475 per night. Jouir!

58th London Film Festival


As the largest and grandest international showcase of cinematic art is here, get ready to be blown away by a spectacular hurricane of ingenuity and imagination. Bringing the best cinema to the United Kingdom, the London Film Festival screens as many as 300 features, shorts and documentaries from nearly 50 countries. The festival showcases the finest contemporary transnational cinema from the reputable as well as emerging film-makers. Presently in its 58th year, the festival runs under the aegis of British Film Institute and combines artistic power with red carpet glamour in a stupendous manner.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the most beautiful films you need to see at the upcoming festival running from October 8, 2014 to October 19, 2014.

The Imitation Game

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Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game opens this year’s festival. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, this challenging and influential film is a biopic of the renowned codebreaker Alan Turing. A disturbed mathematical genius, he was the man who was essential in cracking the code used by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Opens in cinemas on November 14, 2014.

Fury

Directed by David Ayer, here’s a roaring World War II action flick. The film stars the terrific Brad Pitt as a tank commander on a deadly mission and does seem to be a hard-hitting drama. In cinemas from October 24, 2014.

Official release date is October 24, Friday.

Whiplash

Starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons, this thunderous semibiographical drama focusses on Andrew, the young drummer who is the under the guidance of Terence Fletcher. Directed by Damien Chazelle, this one is a big hit on the festival circuit. Official release date is January 16, 2015.

Foxcatcher

Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher is a psychological thriller starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell. The film recounts the disturbing true events surrounding Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, his brother Dave and their terrible relationship with John du Pont. Official release date is January 9, 2015.

Mr. Turner

The film, directed by Mike Leigh, tells the tale of JMW Turner, a grouchy art icon whose excellent work redefined British painting. The stormy final years of his life, as imagined by Mike, have been showcased in this film. Watch out for the breathtaking cinematography and outstanding performances. Starring Dorothy Atkinson, Timothy Spall and Paul Jesson. Official release date October 31, 2014.

Men, women and Children

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Directed by Jason Reitman, the film offers an unconventional spin on the social media age. It brilliantly digs into the lives of teenagers and their parents in a world where status updates on Facebook mean a lot and are sometimes considered more important than verbal communication. Starring AnselElgort, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. Opens in cinemas on October 24, 2014.

Leviathan

Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev, this powerful drama provides an insight into the Russian psyche. Set in Kola Peninsula in Russia, Leviathan discovers the conflict between the fraudulent local regimen and one man. Starring EkebaLyadova and Alexey Serabryakov, it throws light on the small-town problems together with those of the larger world.

The festival screenings are taking place at numerous venues across London such as British Film Institute, Curzon Chelsea, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vue Islington, Vue West End, Rich Mix, Empire Leicester Square, Hackney Picture house and CinéLumiére to name a few. With the immense popularity of the London Film Festival and people coming in from almost all parts of the world, accommodation can be a major problem. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay close to these venues? Ratedapartments bring to you an extensive selection of serviced apartments in Soho, Piccadilly, Covent Garden, West End and South Bank. Simply pick the place of your taste and bask in the glory of cinema.

Shoreditch: A Hub of Art and Creativity


A dynamic and developing kaleidoscope of talent and creativity, it’s almost impossible to find a place that matches the character of Shoreditch. Situated in the East End of London to the north of the City of London, this inner city district is truly the epicenter of art, imagination and yes, hipsterism.

Artistic History

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Once upon a time defined as “desolate and rough”, Shoreditch has grown leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. Before the 1990s, it had too many warehouses and very few people. This was when the likes of artistssuch as Alexander McQueen, Tracey Emin and Gary Hume got attracted and started working in this area. With numerous events and exhibitions taking place, the area further attracted architects, filmmakers and others. Soon thereafter, this desolate and empty area got transformed into an artistic society with art galleries, trendy bars and music venues. This was how the most fashionable borough in London, Shoreditch arrived and became home to students, artists and celebrities alike. All these years, Shoreditch has kept its artistic charm and distinctive style intact. The classic architecture can be seen and appreciated from any street in Shoreditch. To be very precise, a stroll in the area is nothing less than an art tour.

Attractions Nearby

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Geffrye Museum: Surrounded by gardens and set in a strings of 18th century almshouses, this eccentric museum demonstrates the varying style of English domestic interior from the 1600s. A walk through the museum shows the progression from sophisticated Georgian décor to overdone Victorian décor. Not only does it show how homes and furnishings have changed over time, it also reflects the changes in society. Entry is free for adults. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Wesley’s Chapel and House:Built by an Anglican divine and theologian John Wesley, Wesley’s Chapel and House traces the history of Methodism from as early as the 18th century. The museum includes possessions relating to John Wesley and also his personal library. At the end of the chapel is Wesley’s tomb built in 1778. This is considered as the basilica of Methodism.

Dennis Severs’ House: Created in 1724, Dennis Severs’ House captures 18th century life as lived by a family of Huguenot silk weavers. Every room was converted into tableaux vivants designed to take visitors to a different world and an evocative experience. Visitors are invited to explore all the rooms and feel the smells and sensations in silence. This historic gem is situated in Folgate Street.

Spitalfields Market: This is where you can quibble with upcoming and aspiring designers. A colourful indoor market, Spitalfields is an attraction in itself. You can find a quirky range of stylish clothes, retro bags, ornaments and jazzy items for home. There is also an organic food hall here. Thursdays are dedicated to antiques. Attracting close to 25000 people every week, this one is one of the most popular markets of London.Brick Sunday Up Market

Brick Lane Market: Centred around Brick Lane in east London, Brick Lane Market sells everything from rich Ethiopian coffee to tapas and a lot more. The vintage stalls and eccentric crafts by mushrooming designers are a few of the highlights of this market, popular amongst art students. Bargaining is a must! Runs every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Petticoat Lane Market

Petticoat Lane Market: Established 400 years ago, Petticoat Lane is a fashion market in the East End of London and includes two streets markets namely Wentworth Street Market and Middlesex Street Market. The former is open six days in a week while the latter operates only on Sundays. You can find clothes, watches, leather items and toys at some unbelievable prices, provided you are good with your bargaining skills.

Staying Here

Despite the spread of affluence and prosperity, the stylish Shoreditch maintains its originality and edgy vibe. There is a unique and exhaustive range of exclusive apartments offering a cool ambience with all the artsy features. From a studio apartment available here at 100 Pounds per night to a three bedroom apartment at 220 Pounds per night, Shoreditch offers both taste and pocket friendly options. It is well connected to other parts of London. Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street are the closest underground stations.

London Fashion Week 2014


It’s raining fashion this September! The spectacular Somerset House yet again brings to you Britain’s chic and classy consumer fashion event. Set over five days (12th to 16th September), the London Fashion Week comes packed with catwalk shows, installations, presentations and insider knowledge from the best and brightest names in the fashion industry. Be it the established designers like Alexis Barrell, Lucy Choi London, Georgia Hardinge, Tamara Salman, Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood or the fresh and emerging new generation talent, the show unquestionably redefines London’s reputation as the fashion and style capital. Organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC), the show exhibits more than 170 brands and leaves you no excuse not to be a part of this fashion fiesta.

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And while you are here, don’t miss a chance to explore the best places to see and the trendiest neighbourhoods to stay, all around the fashion soaked Somerset House. We offer you a smart guide to everything that is Londonish.

Covent Garden

Busy and bustling, Covent Garden houses the trendiest restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars. Not only this, the area also has a rich historical and cultural significance. Besides Somerset House, some of the top attractions in and around Covent Garden include London Transport Museum, National Gallery, the Royal Opera House and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church.

The area has also become an apt destination for fashionistas with stores of premium brands like Burberry Brit and Rugby Ralph Lauren. One must walk around the stores and outlets in Neal’s Yard, St Martin’s Courtyard and The Opera Quarter.

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Coming to restaurants, bars and cafes, Covent Garden is indeed a foodie’s delight. From scrumptious street food to classic cocktails, you have it all here. Some of the famous names include Wahaca, Fire and Stone, L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon, Spaghetti House St Martin’s Lane, Dirty Martini, The Porterhouse and Rules.

Covent Garden is within walking distance of the iconic river Thames. It is connected to various routes through the efficient underground tube. Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road are the closest tube stations. A perfect place to base your stay if you are here for the fashion week, Covent Garden offers a wide range of serviced apartments at some amazing prices.

City Of London

Founded in AD50, the City of London includes attractions like Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Nestled in the heart of London, it is a short walk from places like West End, South Bank, Southwark and Brick Lane. The City of London houses architectural delights like Old Bailey, Barbican Estate, Lloyd’s Building and 30 St Mary Axe. Popular attractions are Tower Bridge, Clockmaker’s Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Mansion House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Goldsmith’s Hall and St Dunstan in the East.

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For all your shopping quests, you can hit the historic Leadenhall Market or explore the Old Spitalfields Market. Head to One New Change for high street fashion!

The City of London is an amazing place to wine and dine! Some of the premium celebrity chef restaurants include Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa to name a few. For a taste of class, dine at the chic Hawksmoor GuildHall or the beautiful Coq D’Argent.

Guests can enjoy a comfortable stay in an apartment in the city of London that meets their budgets and tastes. For all your travel needs, Liverpool Street Station is the closest underground station.

Waterloo

Part of the London Borough of Lambeth, Waterloo is a district of Central London and houses an extensive range of serviced apartments. It is connected to the north bank of the River Thames by Waterloo Bridge. Culturally, Waterloo is second to none. The place brims with museums and galleries, thereby offering you a chance to revel in the historical splendor of London.

Waterloo also houses stylish brasseries, trendy gastro-pubs and chic fine dining restaurants. The best place to enjoy food in Waterloo is the Southbank. Along the banks of the Thames, there is an array of restaurants such as Las Iguanas, Pizza Express and others. You can also head to streets like Lower Marsh and The Cut for a refreshing experience.

Temple

Located in the vicinity of Temple Church, the Temple in Central London is a distinguished centre for English law. The area comprises the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple. It includes solicitors’ offices, chambers and other authorized establishments.

Temple is bordered by the famous river Thames to the South, Strand to the north, Surrey Street to the west and Carmelite Street to the east. The magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral is located in the vicinity. The much-loved Southbank area with its bunch of restaurants, markets, galleries and theatres is also nearby. With a location like this, Temple is definitely one of the most accessible areas in London and a smart choice to base your stay in London. Temple is the closest underground station which serves the circle and District Line.

London is soaking in fashion and you have got no time to ponder! Opt for an apartment of your choice from our extensive range and be a part of this fashion blowout.