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

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 8 months ago

Looks like this article is a bit old. Be aware that information may have changed since it was published.

Lord Mayor's Show 2018: 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 2018?

This year, outgoing Lord Mayor Charles Bowman will be replaced by Alderman Peter Estlin, who will be the 691st Lord Mayor of London.

When is the Lord Mayor's Show 2018?

The 2018 Lord Mayor's Show takes place on 10 November 2018, beginning at 11am.

Lord Mayor's Show 2018 events: schedule of the day

Lord Mayor's Show 2018 guide

There's been a massive change to the events of the day 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 12.43 (precise!). At this point, the new Lord Mayor will spend an hour and a half at the Royal Courts, before rejoining the procession at Temple Place at 13.10 and getting back to Mansion House at 14.44. Full details of the 2018 procession are still being released, but expect to see everything from military bands to corporate floats, and 200 horses.
  • Festival Zones: Those two festival zones are also open from 11am, and are free to visit. The theme of the activities is technology, with funfair rides, food stalls art exhibitions and live entertainment taking place all day.

Where to watch the Lord Mayor's Show 2018

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 route map and precise procession timings). 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 24 October 2018