News / Lord Mayors Show 2015

Lord Mayor's Gold Coach
Lord Mayor's Gold Coach at the Royal Courts of Justice
Published: 10 November 2015

The Lord Mayors Show, a classic piece of British pageantry, takes place on Saturday 14th November.

Thousands of spectators will line the three and a half miles long route to watch the 7,000 strong procession, which this year includes 173 horses, 140 vehicles, Taiko drummers, vintage steamrollers, tractors, fire engines, armoured vehicles, the Bat mobile, Noah’s Ark, a tank and the not to be missed Lord Mayor's Gold Coach. 

St Mary-le-Bow church bells will ring out at noon, with more than a nod to the fairy tale Dick Whittington, to mark the ‪‎Lord Mayor’s Show's 800th birthday.

Lord Mayor's Show Route
Lord Mayor's Show Route Map

The timetable for this years Lord Mayor's Show is:

  • 09:00: River Pageant
    The original Lord Mayor’s journey was always taken by river. The modern Lord Mayor celebrates that history by traveling to the City in a splendid flotilla of traditional Thames barges and small boats, including the famous QRB Gloriana. Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25 and the new Lord Mayor alights at HMS President ten minutes later.
  • 11:00: Lord Mayor’s Procession
    The procession sets off from Mansion House at 11am. It pauses at the Royal Courts while the Lord Mayor gives his oath and then returns up the Victoria Embankment at about 1pm. The Lord Mayor will get back to Mansion House just after 14:00.
  • 15:00: Guided Walks
    In the lull between procession and fireworks you will find the remarkable City of London Guide Lecturers giving walking tours around the strange old streets of the City of London. The walks are easy and free, but they hope you will make a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
  • 17:15: Lord Mayor’s Fireworks
    The new Lord Mayor completes his first day in office with a magnificent fireworks display over the Thames. The launch pad floats in the river between Blackfriars and Waterloo and all the roads in that area are still closed, so you can walk freely around either bank of the river and find a good spot to enjoy the end of the Show.

Getting Around the Lord Mayor's Show

Smartphone users can download a free app from the show organisers. This has an interactive map with directions to useful things like toilets, first aid posts and pubs. Messages delivered live from the event control room and a handy procession-explanation system that will tell you exactly who you are looking at as they go by.

Getting to the Lord Mayor's Show

Car

Travel by car is not recommended as there are road closures throughout the area and no public parking.

Tube and Train

Several tube stations will bring you out right on the processional route: St Paul's is on the outward leg, Blackfriars or Mansion House on the return leg, and Bank is on both.

Other stations are within a very easy walk: Cannon Street, Monument and Moorgate are only a minute or two away, and Temple is close to the Royal Courts. City Thameslink train station is extremely handy, and Blackfriars, Farringdon or Cannon Street will all put you close to the procession route.

All these stations are likely to be busy so leave a bit more time than usual for your journey.

By Bus

Road closures make travel by bus a challenge. We recommend checking out the Transport for London website for routes affected by road closures.

Walking

The Millenium Footbridge will take you straight to St Paul’s. Southwark and Blackfriars bridges are also nearby, and both are normally pretty empty on the morning of the Show.

By River

River buses will be operating and it is a short walk from Blackfriars Millenium Pier to the procession route.

Household Cavalry on Parade at the Lord Mayor's Show
Household Cavalry on Parade at the 2014 Lord Mayor's Show

For those who cannot get to London for the Lord Mayor's Show it is broadcast on BBC One, starting at 10:45 on Saturday morning.