The Lord Mayor’s Show 2022 is fast approaching, and to make sure you don’t find yourself blocked in (or out) on the big day, there are some public transport notes you’ll want to have on your radar.
Large parts of the City of London will be closed off for most of Saturday November 12, the day when Aldreman Nicholas Lyons will succeed the current Lord Mayor Vincent Keaveny as the man in the hotseat.
Roads leading into the Square Mile will be closed from around 7am (and closer to 6am in the Bank area) to allow organisers enough space to ensure the annual parade is ready to roll.
The closed area extends from Kingsway in the east to Bishopsgate in the west, and from the river up to Holborn and Chapterhouse Street. Perimeter roads will be open, but don’t expect to get the car anywhere inside that parade zone.
Diversions will send drivers down Old Street or over the Thames, with roads reopening some time between 4pm and 5pm that same day.
Motorists should be prepared for heavier than usual congestion on all sides of the City as traffic is diverted away from the show.
London Bridge is open as normal, Southwark Bridge is open but on the north side you can only reach Upper Thames St and Bishopsgate, and Blackfriars is closed all day.
Buses will be diverted around the City, or turned around if trying to enter the City via a closed street. However, the TfL journey planner is aware of the show and alternative routes will be made available for those using public transport.
All visitors’ parking bays in the City of London, and some residents bays, are suspended from Friday afternoon.
A heavy police presence means organiser are not able to make any exceptions. Any vehicle in the secure area after 7am will not be able to exit until the show has come to a close.