About The Lord Mayor's Show:
The new Lord Mayor is required to swear a pledge his allegiance in front of the Lord Chief Justice and Judges of the Queen's Bench Division, hence the route from Mansion House in the City of London (the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London) to the Royal Courts of Justice.
The Lord Mayor's Show was the first event to be broadcast live on television. The BBC cameras film from Mansion House each year to an audience of millions.
The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual London event on the 2nd Saturday in November.
Start: 11am: A military flypast over Mansion House marks the beginning of the parade to celebrate the inaugural outing of the 683rd Lord Mayor of the City of London. The procession travels to St Paul's Cathedral, where the new Lord Mayor is blessed by the Dean of St Paul's before the procession carries on to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears an oath of allegiance to the sovereign.
1pm: The processions then sets off on the return journey along Victoria Embankment to Mansion House, where the newly sworn-in Lord Mayor arrives to be greeted by the City Aldermen and Livery Company Masters in their colourful gowns.
(5pm: The day usually culminates in a fireworks extravaganza between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges on the Thames from 5pm but it will not be happening in 2012 as the organizers feel we've had enough fireworks fun with the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics this year. They may well have a good point.)
Free Walking Tours
As usual, the Cityguides will be providing free guided walks after the Lord Mayor's Show. Walks will be leaving No.1 Poultry between 3pm and 4.30pm. Each walk will last approx. 1 hour finishing at Blackfriars. The walks are free on a turn up and go basis, but there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor's charities.
As there will be no fireworks this year, what better way to explore London after the pageantry of the show?