Lord Mayor's Show 2019: When And Where Is It, And What's Happening?

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Lord Mayor's Show 2019: When And Where Is It, And What's Happening?
Lord Mayor's Show 2018 guide
The 2017 Lord Mayor's Show

What is the Lord Mayor's Show?

It's an annual event, taking place in the City of London to celebrate the new Lord Mayor taking on the role. It's a longstanding tradition, full of pomp and ceremony.

In 1215, King John was persuaded to let the City of London elect its own mayor, with one major condition; each year the new mayor must travel from the City to Westminster to swear loyalty to the crown. Those are the origins of the Lord Mayor's Show which has run for more than eight hundred years, despite some incredible obstacles.

Who is the new Lord Mayor 2019?

The 692nd Lord Mayor of London has been announced as William Russell. He has a history in the finance sector, and was elected Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street in March 2013. He's served on the City of London Corporation Committees including Culture, Heritage and Libraries, Planning and Transportation, Finance, the Education Board, Policy and Resources and the Livery Committee.

When is the Lord Mayor's Show 2019?

The 2019 Lord Mayor's Show takes place on 9 November 2019.

Lord Mayor's Show 2019 events: schedule of the day

Lord Mayor's Show 2018 guide

There was a massive change to the events of the day in 2018, and the new format is being kept this year. The usual morning river pageant and evening fireworks show won't take place, replaced by two family-friendly festival zones in Paternoster Square and the Bloomberg Arcade. Here's the full schedule for the day:

  • Procession: An epic three-mile long procession, expected to take an hour and a quarter to pass a single point, winds its way through the City, beginning at Mansion House at 11am and finishing at the Royal Courts of Justice. At this point, the new Lord Mayor spends an hour and a half at the Royal Courts, before rejoining the procession at Temple Place and heading back to Mansion House. Full details of the 2019 procession have yet to be released, but expect to see everything from military bands to corporate floats, and 200 horses.
  • Festival Zones: Those two festival zones, which are open all day and are free to visit. Last year there were funfair rides, food stalls art exhibitions and live entertainment taking place all day. 2019 details TBC.

Who's in the Lord Mayor's Parade?

It's a three-mile long procession, so they pack a lot in. For 2019, we've been told to expect military bands, giant teapots, dragons, African drummers, an inflatable pig, a Red Dwarf Starbug, 6,500 people, 120 horses and over 60 decorated floats. So perhaps it's more a question of who's not in the Lord Mayor's Parade (guess our invite got lost in the post...)

Where to watch the Lord Mayor's Show 2019

Chelsea Pensioners in the 2017 Lord Mayor's Show procession: Lord Mayor's Show 2018 guide
Chelsea Pensioners in the 2017 Lord Mayor's Show procession

It's free to stand and watch the procession — the world's oldest and longest civic procession —  pretty much anywhere along the route (check out the 2018 route map and 2018 precise procession timings for an idea of what to expect for 2019, as it's unlikely much will change). Remember, if you want to see the full length of the parade, it's expected to take an hour and a quarter to pass you so... comfy shoes, and maybe a cagoule, this being London.

If you want to guarantee yourself a seat, book a place in the grandstands which are erected on each side of the parade route by St Paul's Cathedral. Tickets are £40 each.

If you forget any of this on the day, there's an official app to remind you of all the details.

To get a feel for the procession, take a look at highlights from 2015:

Last Updated 03 November 2019

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