What’s on in the City for the Lord Mayor’s Show

Lord Mayor's Show 2019. Photo by Clive Totman
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The Lord Mayor’s Show will return this month to wow us all with a breath-taking display of pageantry.

The largest and most colourful event in the City of London’s calendar takes place on Saturday November 13, and will bring together a procession of more than 6,500 people, 120 horses and more than 50 decorated floats. 

This year’s show includes colourful full-size model elephants, Japanese taiko drummers, and a horse-drawn bus, in a major spectacle that dates back to the 13th century.

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© Clive Totman 2019

The three-mile-long procession will be filled with carriages and horses, and a fire engine with a 210-foot extendable turntable ladder – the tallest in Europe – will also be on show.

The new Lord Mayor, Alderman Vincent Keaveny, will ride in the procession in the golden State Coach, which has been used in every Lord Mayor’s Show since 1757 and is the oldest ceremonial vehicle in regular use in the world.

If that’s not enough to keep you occupied all day, why not head to one of the City’s iconic attractions to really get a feel for the Square Mile and its vibrancy.

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.
Open 10am-5pm
80 Basinghall Street EC2V 5AR

Guildhall Art Gallery

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.
Open 12noon-5pm
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE  

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Guildhall Art Gallery

City Walks

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 

Tower Bridge

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 

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Tower Bridge

Museum of London

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 

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Museum of London

The Barbican Centre

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.
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS 

St Paul’s Cathedral

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 

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St Paul’s Cathedral

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.
Open 12noon-5pm
Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE

One New Change

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 

The Monument

Climb The Monument’s 311 steps to enjoy 360 degree views from London’s most historic attraction.
Fish Street Hill EC3R 8AH

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