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The biggest day in the City’s calendar

Before you set off All you need to know in one publication

There’s no other show like the Lord Mayor’s Show A spectacular display of creativity, music, history, pageantry and dance, the Show is a fantastic day out for everyone to enjoy. In front of you will pass a huge array of floats and performers, military units and modern businesses, charities and communities groups that represent the many different elements that make up the City of London. Three miles long, more than 7,000 people, 250 horses and

over 150 floats, the Show is a glorious celebration of the new Lord Mayor taking office. The new person in the role will be travelling in the famous golden coach from Mansion House past St Paul’s Cathedral to the Royal Courts of Justice and back. The crowd itself plays a huge part in creating the atmosphere, cheering on those taking part, waving flags and adding to the energy and excitement of an incredible day.

And all this is topped with a spectacular firework display on the Thames at the end of the day.

Come along on Show day and find out just what makes this event one of a kind

Early birds get the best views An event this big can get very busy. So if you want a clear view of the Show get here early and pick your spot. No seating is provided for disabled people but folding chairs can be brought. Busiest parts are around St Paul’s and Mansion House but Fleet Street, Victoria Embankment and Queen Victoria Street are often more manageable. There are dedicated disabled person’s viewing areas available and pre-booked parking for blue badge holders. The map inside this leaflet shows accessible WCs but not all are to full wheelchair access standard. procession/access For more advice email or call 020 7332 1995.

For more information on the Show visit or call 020 7332 3456 or download the official Show App

The Lord Mayor’s Show website is sponsored by the London Stock Exchange

Transport’s no problem The City has plenty of train, tube and bus links so please don’t bring your car. But it’s always worth checking for any planned changes to services before travelling through Transport for London on 020 7222 1234 or

Reserve your grandstand seats now To avoid having to peer round other people and to enjoy the clearest views of the Show, the best option is to book tickets in the grandstands. These are next to and opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and allow you to watch the Show from above as it rounds the bend from New Change. Tickets are open to all but book early as they go fast. Call the Ticket Office on 0845 450 6180 or visit

Who is the new Lord Mayor? What are their plans for the year ahead? What exactly is that military unit or float? What’s coming up next in the procession? All these questions are answered in the official Show programme. As well as background on the Lord Mayor it gives a complete running order for the Show, tells you who the participants are and much more. You can buy a programme on the day or get an early copy by sending a cheque for £5 to Peter Moore Associates Ltd and send to Peter Moore Associates Ltd, 66 Vicarage Road, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey GU17 9BD For discounts on bulk orders call 07736 067616.


Girlguiding UK will be making sure none of the Show participants go hungry on the day by distributing lunch.

The information in this leaflet can be downloaded from Alternative formats are available on request, please call 020 7332 1014


The Show is about three miles in length and will take about an hour to pass you Outward


Mansion House to Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice to Mansion House

10:45 11:00

13:00 13:25 14:05 14:30

Lord Mayor travels from Guildhall to Mansion House

Procession leaves Mansion House. Lord Mayor waves off procession from Mansion House balcony


Head of procession reaches Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand

12:05 12:15

Lord Mayor leaves Mansion House to join the procession

Lord Mayor arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral and leaves the coach to be blessed by the Dean


Lord Mayor arrives at Royal Courts of Justice, leaves the coach and swears oath of allegiance before the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Master of the Rolls


The City of London is amazing – and a qualified City Guide will help you discover its delights. Your guide will take you to fascinating places and tell stories of people, events and traditions connected with them, including the Lord Mayor’s Show. Walks start at about 3pm from Bucklersbury Passage, No 1 Poultry (the large pink and white building near Mansion House) by Bank underground station. The pace is suitable for all ages. The routes will be wheelchair friendly, with no steps and few hills. You will reach Blackfriars by 5pm. Walks are free, but donations to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal would be welcome.

Head of procession arrives back at Mansion House Lord Mayor rejoins procession at Royal Courts of Justice

Lord Mayor arrives back at Mansion House and is greeted by City Aldermen and livery company Masters

They’re back! Fireworks finale on the river The day is brought to an end with a real spectacle. Fireworks will be launched from a barge moored between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges. Best views will be along Victoria Embankment and on the South Bank. The fireworks are sponsored by the City of London Corporation.

There’s plenty more fun to be had in the City after the procession has passed. So why not make a full day of it and enjoy the most of your time in the Square Mile to take you through to the fireworks?

Don’t rush off

Early bird special on the Thames All times shown are approximate and correct at time of going to press. For up to date information please visit


Led by City of London guides

Head of procession sets off from Victoria Embankment

There are plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants throughout the City to give a welcome rest from taking in all the historic attractions, visitor-related venues and cultural offerings available. Look for more details by unfolding this leaflet.

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Before the Show starts the Lord Mayor will be travelling down the Thames in the Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana in a flotilla heading to Tower Bridge (which will open in salute) and HMS President. The best views will be from the bridges in the City which the flotilla should reach around 9am.

First Aid First aid facilities will be available on the route in easy distance of the toilets marked.

You can’t really do justice to the Square Mile in one day but on this spread is a small selection of some of the major attractions you can visit after the Show


plague and fire. Then venture into the Galleries of Modern London where you can walk the streets of Victorian London, take a stroll in recreated pleasure gardens and explore the concerns of 21st century Londoners. The Museum is also home to the magnificent Lord Mayor’s Coach, when it’s not out on parade at the Lord Mayor’s Show. FREE entry

T 020 7332 3700 victoriana Discover the City of London’s fantastic art collection at Guildhall Art Gallery. See works dating from 1670 to the present, including Victorian and PreRaphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history. Under the gallery are the ruins of London’s Roman Amphitheatre, in which crowds once gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats. Entry to the permanent collection and amphitheatre is free.


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020 7246 8350 Continuing from the highs of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic year in London, St Paul’s has again welcomed thousands of visitors from across the world throughout 2013. On Lord Mayor’s Day, we invite you all through our doors to marvel at Wren’s iconic London landmark and to see the great wealth of worship, work and activity that takes place here. Entry to the Cathedral and all performances are free.

THE CHEAPSIDE HOARD: LONDON’S LOST JEWELS Discover the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard in a major new exhibition. This extraordinary and priceless treasure of 16th and 17th century jewels and gemstones – displayed in its entirety for the first time in over 100 years – was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London. The exhibition showcases the wealth of insights the Hoard offers on Elizabethan and Jacobean London – as a centre of craftsmanship and conspicuous consumption, at the crossroads of the Old and New Worlds. It also explores the mysteries that remain, lost among the cataclysmic events of the mid-17th century: who owned the Hoard, when and why was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed? Adults £10 (£9 without donation), concessions/children (12+) £8 (£7 without donation).

line to the Victorian Engine Rooms situated underneath the Bridge on the south bank. Here you will learn about the original workings of the Bridge whilst marvelling at the magnificent coal boilers and steam engines that have been meticulously maintained. Animation and video footage provide a greater insight into the raising of the Bridge’s Bascules. Adults £8, children £3.40, concessions £5.60 and under 5s free. Special offer only valid on Show day: Two for one adult admission on production of this leaflet.


The Show is just the beginning

A year-long programme of activity is in store for the Lord Mayor when the Show finishes.


This busy schedule is in keeping with the nature of the role as head of the City of London Corporation, which runs the Square Mile, and as an international ambassador for UK-based financial and business related services. map ref


T: 020 7638 4141 The Barbican is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra. It pushes the boundaries of all major art forms and exists to serve its wide and diverse audiences – engaging with arts lovers through its unique and inspiring artistic events at the Centre and using its Creative Learning programme and free events to


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T 020 7002 8900 Designed by legendary architect Jean Nouvel, One New Change is the City of London’s iconic shopping and leisure destination which opened in October 2010. Boasting over 60 stores, it offers unforgettable retail and restaurant experiences night and day, seven days a week.

Stuck for ideas about what to do after the Show? Get friendly, multilingual advice and all the top tips on what there is to see and do here from our expert advisors at the City Information Centre (above), located between St Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge. The Centre sells everything from Oyster cards to fast-track tickets to London attractions so you can save time too and avoid lengthy queues. Open 9.30am-5.30pm

The role of Lord Mayor originally stemmed from the City’s growing importance to the country as a centre for trade and commerce. The Mayoralty remains closely linked to this aim today with a major part of the year taken up promoting the City, its

services and wider UK industry. Domestically, the Lord Mayor will visit key business centres across the country so industry’s ‘voice’ can be represented effectively to decision makers in Westminster and Whitehall. Internationally, around 90 days will be dedicated to leading business delegations in an overseas visits programme, fostering trade, improving business links and promoting the City and its expertise. The Lord Mayor also welcomes visits from important foreign political and business leaders on

behalf of the UK government, addresses around 10,000 people each month and delivers in the region of 700 speeches. This business focus is also one of three main objectives of the City Corporation – the others being local government and policing services for the City and valued services to London and the nation. It is these valued services that demonstrate the true breadth of the organisation and how the benefits of these services stretch far wider than the City alone.

VICTORIANA: THE ART OF REVIVAL From the macabre to the quaint, the sensational to the surreal, Victoriana: The Art of Revival is the first-ever exhibition in the UK to look at Victorian revivalism in all its guises. Featuring graphic design, film, photography, ceramics, taxidermy, furniture, textiles, fine art, and even a ‘Crookes Tube’ – allowing viewers to see through a special tube into another part of the gallery – this multi-media, multi-sensory show explores modern artists who have been inspired by the 19th century. 10am-5pm Entry £7, £5 concessions; free to under 16s, and City of London residents with proof of address. Lord Mayor’s Show Special Offer: Two for One adult admission on production of this leaflet (valid on Show day only).

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS BY CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (transcribed for organ by Ekaterina Melnikova). With poems by Ogden Nash, read by a mystery special guest. Fourteen different movements which introduce us to a whole zoo’s-worth of animals – Lions, Hens and Cockerels, Wild Asses, Tortoises, The Elephant, Kangaroos, Fish, Donkeys, The Cuckoo, Wild Birds, Pianists, Fossils and the famous Swan. Poetry from the great American humourist, Ogden Nash, serves as an introduction to each movement. This music is fun for all the family and has become justly famous – you can find it used in The Godfather Part II and Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite World Tour! 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Timothy Wakerell, Organ


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T: 020 7403 3761 Built by the Victorians over 100 years ago, Tower Bridge has become London's most famous landmark and a must-see attraction for anyone coming to the capital for the Lord Mayor’s Show. You are invited to enter the icon and experience spectacular views of London from the Bridge's high-level walkways 42 metres above the River Thames. In each Tower a short film explains the history behind the Bridge’s conception and construction, whilst temporary exhibitions explore more of the key themes relating to Tower Bridge. Having exited via the South Tower, follow the blue

introduce new audiences to great arts experiences. Its architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 (2012 was its 30th anniversary) and comprises the Hall, Theatre, The Pit, Cinema 1, the newly opened Cinemas 2 & 3 in Beech Street, the Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, the Conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.

With a stunning roof terrace overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, restaurants from Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, and shops including Topshop and Hugo Boss, One New Change is unlike anything else in London.

Download the City Visitor Trail app, available for Apple and Android smartphones, and hear about our top attractions from those who know them best. Find out what’s in the basement of the Museum of London, what the Dean of St Paul’s favourite mosaic is, and why St Stephen Walbrook is such a good place to sing; and get to know Tower Bridge, the Monument, Guildhall Art Gallery, the Tower of London and the Barbican Centre in a new light – from those that work there. You can download the app for free at the City Information Centre, or search in the App Store or Google Play for City Visitor Trail.

T: 020 7001 9844 Step inside the Museum of London (left) for an unforgettable journey through the capital’s turbulent past. Discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Romans and Saxons, wonder at the splendour of medieval London and examine the tumultuous years when London was ravaged by civil wars,

1189 Henry FitzAilwyn becomes the first Lord Mayor

Magna Carta confirms the City’s right to elect the Lord Mayor as long as the person is ‘shown’ to the people


Enjoy the best the City has to offer after the Show with the City Visitor Trail. Mapping a route between our most famous attractions, the Trail is packed with top tips on what to see and do along the way, including the best hidden gems, great places to eat and drink, shopping opportunities and where to sit down and relax. Pick up your free map at the City Information Centre, Tower Bridge, Guildhall or selected churches and attractions throughout the City.





Supporting London’s communities For many years the City Corporation has worked with its surrounding communities to support educational and cultural opportunities and wider economic development. Last year alone it launched a £3.28m scheme to help tackle youth unemployment across London. It has also been encouraging social investment, where money is provided and used to help generate social improvements as well as financial returns. Its charity, the City Bridge Trust, gives £15m of grants every year to worthy causes across London. In 2012 the Trust launched its £2m Growing Localities programme, one aim being to inspire young unemployed people to look for work training or apprenticeships in horticulture.

Looking after London’s green spaces You may be surprised to learn how many of the City Corporation’s activities are outside the Square Mile and provided at no cost to the public. Chief among these are its green spaces – almost 11,000 acres across London that include Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest. These spaces have dedicated management teams (and fervent local supporters) who look after them as natural resources. Many spaces have gained Green Flag awards and in some instances are registered as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Some have been owned and managed as far back as 1870 to protect them from development and this policy was the inspiration behind the later Green Belt movement.

Preserving London’s heritage The City is also a centre of heritage. Many buildings that have come to symbolise London as a whole are sited here and looked after and run by the City Corporation. Tower Bridge, the Monument, Guildhall, Mansion House, the Old Bailey, Smithfield Market and many others are regular ports of call for visitors. More recently our Barbican Centre, Europe’s leading mulit-arts centre, gained Listed Building status. The preservation of this heritage can also be seen in Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman London’s Amphitheatre below it. And this heritage is on constant display at the Museum of London (which the City Corporation part funds) for those who want to see where London began and how this heritage developed across the centuries.

These are in addition to the organisation’s ongoing urban regeneration work and promotion of local employment and training. The City of London Corporation – first class services for the Square Mile and beyond




Dick Whittington becomes Lord Mayor for the first time

The Show takes place on the Thames with ‘floats’

Mansion House opens as the Lord Mayor’s official residence



First appearance in the Show of the Lord Mayor’s State Coach

The Show skips a year to make way for the Duke of Wellington’s funeral



First live transmission by the BBC of the Show

Date of the Show is fixed at the second Saturday in November

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