News / Lord Mayors Show 2014

Alan Yarrow, the Lord Mayor elect with the outgoing Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf
Published: 7th November 2014.

The Lord Mayor's Show, one of the best loved civic pageants in the world, takes place on Saturday the 8th November 2014.

Thousands of visitors line the three mile procession route which passes from The Guildhall via Mansion House to St Paul?s Cathedral, where the Lord Mayor is blessed, to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears allegiance to the Crown

Lord Mayors Coach in front of the Royal Courts of Justice
Lord Mayors Coach in front of the Royal Courts of Justice

Alan Yarrow, as the 687th Lord Mayor of the City of London, will be traveling in the golden coach.

Today, the parade is more of a celebration than a show of loyalty but for 799 years ?the newly elected Lord Mayor of London has traveled from the?City of London?to Westminster?to pledge allegiance to the Crown.

Starting with a river procession at 08:30, which can be viewed from the bridges, ?a flotilla of traditional Thames barges and small boats, including the Queen's Rowbarge Gloriana. At 09.25Tower Bridge opens in salute and the new Lord Mayor alights at HMS President ten minutes later.

The procession sets off from Mansion House at 11:00. It pauses at the Royal Courts while the Lord Mayor gives his oath and then returns up the Victoria Embankment at about 13:00. The Lord Mayor will get back to Mansion House just after 14:00.

Bigger and better than ever this years Lord Mayor's procession has?7,000 participants, 21 bands, 180 horses, the Lord Mayors Golden Coach, 22 other carriages carts and coaches, 140 more vehicles including vintage cars, steam buses, tractors, ambulances, fire engines, unicycles, penny farthings, along with Masai and Shaolin kung-fu dancers, the Magna Carta, Napoleon and even a tank.

After the procession finishes expert?City Guides?will be on hand, from 15:00, to lead you through the streets of London and share some of the stories and secrets of the Square Mile and the Lord Mayor's Show.

To join these walks head for No 1 Poultry. opposite Mansion House, near Bank tube station. The walks are free but donations to the Lord Mayors Appeal are always welcomed.

At 17:15 the new Lord Mayor will launch a fantastic fireworks display over the river to mark the end of the Lord Mayor's Show and the beginning of a new mayoral year.

Lord Mayor's Show Map
Click the map to download a PDF copy from LordMayorsShow.London

For smart phone users a very handy FREE APP is available, this has the the processional order, a map of the area and messaging service.

Getting To The Lord Mayors Show.

By Train

Train stations within easy walking distance of the procession route are:
Thames City Link - Blackfriars - Cannon Street

By Tube

Tube stations on or close to the procession route are:

Mansion House - St Paul's - Bank - Blackfriars - Temple
They are all on the map.

On Foot

The Millennium Footbridge is ideal as it will take you straight to St Paul's. Southwark and Blackfriars bridges are also nearby, and both are pretty much empty on the morning of the Show

By Bus

Not recommended as road closures mean buses are diverted round the City of London

By Car

Getting to the Lord Mayor's Show by car is not really an option due to road closures.

Getting Around London

Visitor Oyster CardThe Visitor Oyster Card is the cheapest and most flexible way to travel around London.

Valid on London Underground, buses, trams and Dockland Light Railway (DLR).

  • Cheap - a single tube journey will cost £4.30 with cash but a maximum of £2 with an Oyster card
  • Cheap - a single tube journey will cost £4.30 with cash but a maximum of £2 with an Oyster card
  • Smart - You will never be charged more than a price of a London Travelcard
  • Easy - your card is reusable and the credit never expires

London Travel CardThe London Travelcard gives you access to unlimited travel on London Underground trains, buses, Docklands Light Railway, trams and overland trains within London.

  • Cheap: with one ticket you get unlimited travel, [ within the zones your Travelcard covers], working out much cheaper than buying single tickets
  • Easy: one ticket for one day or one week!