Lord Mayor's Procession and Fireworks

  • Category: Family Fun
  • Date: Monday, 01 January 0001

If you're lucky enough to be in London during November, don't miss out on attending the Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks 2013 - an annual celebration that sees a three-mile procession wind its way through the capital.

Fortunately or unfortunately - depending on your point of view and politics - the event is nothing to do with Boris Johnson, but in fact celebrates the election of the latest mayor of London's Square Mile.

The tradition dates back to 1215 and sees the latest incumbent paraded through the historic streets of the City of London, to the Royal Courts of Justice in the glittering gold Lord Mayor's State Coach.

Representatives from a huge number of London-based organisations will also be participating. Marching bands and floats of all shapes and sizes will be following the coach as it carries out its well-worn journey.

With around half a million spectators expected to turn out to see the procession, the atmosphere promises to be electric.

Falling as it does so close to bonfire night, the event also includes a spectacular fireworks display that will leave stars in the eyes of everyone watching.

The event kicks off at 11am on November 9th. Attendees should arrive early in order to get a good view of the aircraft fly-past that signals the start of the procession.

Fireworks usually commence at 5pm and are set off from a barge moored between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge, so be sure to grab a prime spot overlooking the Thames.

For central London accommodation and easy access to the Square Mile where all this will be happening, be sure to stay at the Chesterfield Mayfair for resplendent surroundings and unsurpassed personal service.

Take advantage of the Mayfair Weekend offer to make sure your Sunday is as eventful as your Saturday, with a traditional Afternoon Tea for Two just waiting to be experienced.