Bring in the new Mayoral year with a bang!
I have to admit, I had to do a bit of googling before I wrote this article. I’ve obviously heard of the Lord Mayor’s Show, it’s been around for hundreds of years, but what exactly is it, and who exactly is the Lord Mayor? Cos we ain’t talking about our pal Sadiq here, are we? Apparently it’s a bloke who takes care of “the UK’s financial and professional services sector”, according to cityoflondon.gov.uk. Honestly though, I’m still none the wiser.
Arguably all that matters though, is that the annual Lord Mayor’s Show is an excuse for a big ole’ knees up and another spectacular firework display. And, if previous years are anything to go by, it is going to go OFF 💥
This Saturday, 11th November, you can cheer on the new Lord Mayor as he arrives in a spectacular flotilla of 25 barges travelling along the Thames, from Westminster to Tower Bridge (which will open in salute at the end, and that’s always fun to see). After that, follow the Lord Mayor’s beautiful golden coach as it carries him through the city in a massive parade watched by huge crowds of people. You can expect a bunch of marching bands and military detachments, and probably a bit of claustrophobia (follow this advice if you want to find, or avoid, the crowds). The celebrations will also finish with a dazzling firework display over the Thames. And the best part of it? It’s all totally free.
The flotilla will set off bright and early at 8:30am, from Westminster Boating Base in Pimlico. It will then continue through Vauxhall, Lambeth, Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars and under London and Tower Bridge. The (on land) parade starts at Mansion House, at the more respectable time of 11am (or 11:03, after a two minute silence for Remembrance Day). It will then start a three mile adventure through the city. The fireworks will kick off at 5:15pm, and it’s recommended that you head down to the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridge for the best views.
For more information, take a look at the Lord Mayor’s Show website. You can also take a look at which roads will be closed during the day here. There’s also a handy app that will tell you what’s happening, when it’s happening and where you should stand in order to see it happening. Download it here.
Feature image: Dominic Alves