Lord Mayor’s Show 2021: Live updates from the glittering parade


5pm: We’re wrapping things up this end. It’s been a Lord Mayor’s Show to remember, and so good to see that golden carriage doing the rounds after last year’s enforced hiatus. Remember to stay tuned to City Matters for the latest headlines as the new Lord Mayor tackles his next 12 months in office.

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4.45pm: There are some seriously cool immersive experiences to try out in the capital. Click here for some superb inspiration for your next trip into the Square Mile.

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4.30pm: The Barbican Art Gallery is worth visiting for its architecture alone. But, when it’s stocked with the illuminating sculptures of Isamu Noguchi, you’re invited to witness something extraordinary. Read all about Noguchi at the Barbican here. 

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4pm: Some cracking floats out during the Lord Mayor’s Show today, but how about this corker from London Irish?

3.45pm: Need to whet your whistle? The City isn’t short of awesome wine bars. Click here for some of the best spots to sip away the rest of the afternoon.

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3.30pm: Huge military representation at the Lord Mayor’s Show today. The Royal Air Force in particular was everywhere.

3pm: If you are around No 1 Poultry, get your skates on for a free tour with the excellent City Guides.

2.50pm: The man of the hour is back in Mansion House. The clean up operation is in full swing, and there’s still loads to look forward to. Stay tuned.

2.40pm: The spirit of the Lord Mayor’s Show is still going strong. But what about those energy levels? We’ve got a list of the newest restaurants to have opened in the Square Mile. Hungry? Click here.

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2.05pm: Livery Companies across the City getting involved in the festivities.

1.30pm: A two-legged rhino and a time-travelling DeLorean? Only at the Lord Mayor’s Show.

1.10pm: The Lord Mayor is readying himself to complete the return leg of the parade, having just completed his duties at the Royal Courts. Remember, there are no fireworks this evening, but there is still plenty to see and take in as the procession weaves its way back across town. Excellent to see people of all ages getting involved in the Lord Mayor’s Show. 

12.55pm: Loving the City right now? Brush up on the Livery Companies that have helped shape the City of London through the centuries. Specifically, the Great 12. Read more here. 

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12.50pm: City of London Police officers on the scene as Extinction Rebellion protestors attempt to disrupt the Lord Mayor’s Show. Click here for more.

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Catherine McGuinness spoke to us earlier about the City’s vibrancy, and the Lord Mayor’s Show is the definition of just that. Don’t you agree?

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12pm: It’s only early, but this may be the shot of the day from the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. Bravo! Remember Vincent Keaveny’s face, you’ll be seeing it a lot over the next 12 months.

11.45am: Kudos to everyone involved in the show, the pageantry is something that really helps to set the Lord Mayor’s Show apart. We’re loving it.

11.40am The procession is in full swing. And it’s a wonderfully musical affair to say the least. Fantastic to see people out supporting the Lord Mayor’s Show in their droves.

11.20am: Hunger kicking in yet? We’ve pulled together some tasty picks for those stopping for a bite during the Lord Mayor’s Show. Whatever your flavour, there is something for everyone, so check it out.


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10.50am: The Lord Mayor is on the move. The three-mile parade will take the Lord Mayor from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice, where he will swear allegiance to the Crown.

business news uk10.40am: City of London Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness has also penned a special letter ahead of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Click here to read her thoughts on the big day, winter booster jabs and the City’s vibrancy.

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10am: Plenty to be aware of today in terms of road closures. Click here for all the details on when those key roads in and around the City are expected to open up again. Closures are in place to make sure this golden carriage doesn’t have to jostle with traffic. Its just having a final polish and the parade will be underway soon.

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9.50am: The City’s institutions are welcoming visitors through their doors all day. Click here for some top spots to explore alongside celebrating the Lord Mayor’s Show.

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9.15am: Excitement steadily building about town. While you’re waiting for the show to get underway, be sure to read our exclusive interview with outgoing Lord Mayor William Russell. He spoke to Flora Neighbour about serving two terms during the pandemic, Brexit and what the future holds for the City of London. Click here to read.

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8.30am: Of course, the day-long celebration is being held to honour the election of Alderman Vincent Keaveny as the 693rd Lord Mayor. He was sworn in at The Silent Ceremony at Guildhall yesterday, and you can read more about that right here. 


8.15am: It takes almost a full year to bring the Lord Mayor’s Show together, with the final dress rehearsal taking place in the small hours of the morning just days before the parade hits the streets. For a sneak peek at what to expect, and to learn more about the hours upon hours of hard work that into marking the occasion, check out this video. 

8am: Hello and welcome to the 2021 edition of the Lord Mayor’s Show! City Matters is in situ to bring you all the action from the biggest day in the Square Mile calendar as it unfolds.

We’re here to guide you through every twist and turn of the three-mile procession, and the wait is almost over.

If you need to brush up on your history, be sure to check out our Lord Mayor’s Show explainer by clicking here.

We’ve got everything you need to know about the show’s origins, and why it’s such an important part of the City of London’s rich tapestry today.

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The 2019 Lord Mayor’s Show