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The Lord Mayor's Show

The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual procession which takes place in the month of November. The show is held a day after the Lord Mayor assumes office. The procession comprises the Great 12 Livery companies, Honourable Artillery Company and The Royal Fusiliers. Interestingly, the whole procession is 3 miles long, but the route it takes is only 1.7 miles which means that the head of the procession reaches the end of the route before the Lord Mayor even leaves his home.

DateSaturday 13th November 2010
LocationMansion House
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Mansion House
The Mansion House
Telephone No.020-7626 2500
ParkingLondon Wall 24 hours
Barbican 8am-midnight
Aldersgate Street 24 hours
Upper Thames Street 24 hours (7am-7pm weekends)
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The procession starts off at 11.00 AM after a fascinating display of aircraft fly-past at Guildhall. The Lord Mayor of London settles into his ornate State Coach at his Mansion House residence to join the procession which passes through the financial heart of the City of London. The State Coach itself is a sight to watch with its elaborately gilded artwork and side panels painted by the famous Italian painter Giovanni Battista Cipriani. Midway as the procession reaches the St. Paul's Cathedral, the Mayor pauses to receive a blessing from the Dean. The procession reaches the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand, Westminster, where the Lord Mayor swears his allegiance to the Sovereign in the presence of the judges of the High Court. The procession returns through the Victoria Embankment.

The Lord Mayor is not to be confused with the Mayor of London. The Lord Mayor, elected each year, is an official only for the City of London whose role as a representative is to promote and support the businesses and the people of London, whilst the Mayor London is the elected head of Greater London.

In the evening at 17:00 a stunning display of fireworks is held on barges on the River Thames which are moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridge. Although it is a free event, one can choose to have the best view from Grandstand where seats can be booked by buying tickets for the event.

The route: Mansion House at 11:00 am, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand, Victoria Embankment, HMS President (near Blackfriar's Bridge), before reaching the Mansion House again at 2.30pm.