The City of London's Lord Mayor's Show is upon us again and we're here to tell you that it's so much more than just the procession as so many other events run on the day.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is back again this year, taking over the streets of the Square Mile for one massive day of festival fun. The new Lord Mayor, William Russell, is set to make his way through the City of London as a part of the main procession but there’s also one spectacularly large supporting line-up of events to look forward to.
Institutions all around the area are taking part too, throwing their own show day activities for everyone to partake in, either before or after they check out the main procession. Here’s our comprehensive list of the best things to do at the Lord Mayor’s Show on 9 November.
The Show Zones
Alongside the main procession winding throughout the City streets, Paternoster Square and Bloomberg Arcade will host the Show Zones. They were first introduced last year and were a roaring success. A full programme of entertainment and activities will be running in both locations, kicking off at around 12noon and running until approximately 5pm, with the entertainment carefully planned around the procession, so the audience can enjoy both.
The Show Zones will provide free, family friendly entertainment, with performances from a host of local bands, choirs, dancers and activities such as face painting, walking tours and craft workshops. Other attractions include exciting fairground rides in St Paul’s Churchyard and food stalls in Paternoster Square. Last year, the carnival rides and games were packed with families getting caught up in the Lord Mayor’s Show’s buzzing atmosphere.
And, with William Russell being an avid supporter of the arts, (especially the City of London Corporation’s Culture Mile program) we’re sure the streets will be full of all kinds of arts and culture activities. Pedestrians will be reclaiming the City for the day – as all traffic is banned from the streets – so you best take full advantage of this, not just leaving once the procession is finished. Head to the show zones for even more festive fun before darting over to the River for the light display at night.
City of London Police Museum
Journey through the history of the City Police – from beginnings, to present day and into the future – and see some precious and unusual objects along the way.
2 Aldermanbury EC2V 7HH
The City Centre
Home to the City’s official architectural model and the place to learn all about the built environment of the Square Mile.
80 Basinghall Street EC2V 5AR
Home to a range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history. Don’t miss Architecture of London showing 400 years of London’s architecture through the eyes of artists.
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
Gain a fascinating insight into ancient life in the City and discover the hidden remains of the Roman Bathhouse.
45-min guided tours begin at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Pre-booking is essential.
101 Lower Thames Street EC3R 6DL
Expert City Guides will lead you through some of the City’s historic streets during this Lord Mayor’s Show special tour. Walks last about 90 minutes, are suitable for all ages and wheelchair friendly. Free but a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal is always welcome.
No 1 Poultry EC2R 8EJ
This year marks Tower Bridge’s 125th anniversary. See inside and discover the stories behind the engineering, people, architecture and the city that built London’s defining landmark.
Tower Bridge Road SE1 2UP
Be taken on a journey through London’s remarkable history, from Roman Londinium to present day. Continue the fun of the Lord Mayor’s Show with an afternoon packed full of workshops, tours and performances exploring fantastic things about London.
150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and a world-class arts and learning organisation will be open throughout the day with all their exhibitions being open as usual. This includes their free Trevor Paglen: From Apple to Anomaly exhibition in The Curve space.
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
The Cathedral will be open with free entry for all to enjoy throughout the day. Expect to be enthralled by the wonders of the Grand Organ as it plays under the Cathedral’s great Dome.
St. Paul’s Churchyard EC4M 8AD
With City bridges already transformed in a spectacular rolling programme of lights, as part of the Illuminated River project, something special is planned to mark the new Lord Mayor taking office this year. Visit the Show website or follow it on social media for more details nearer the time. This is for those staying in the City a little longer, once the sun sets.
Southwark Bridge, London Bridge and Cannon Street Bridge
London’s Roman Amphitheatre
Step into Roman ruins where crowds once gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial Old combat for entertainment.
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
Boasting over 60 stores and restaurants and open 7 days a week, this is the perfect location to shop, dine and ‘play’ in the City.
1 New Change EC4M 9AF
Climb The Monument’s 311 steps to enjoy 360 degree views from London’s most historic attraction.
Fish Street Hill EC3R 8AH