Lord Mayor's Show 2023: History of the event and London procession timings

The Lord Mayor's Show on November 12, 2022 (Getty Images)
The Lord Mayor's Show on November 12, 2022 (Getty Images)

This year, about 500,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of London for the Lord Mayor's Show, at which the new Lord Mayor of the City of London will be sworn in.

They will be able to take in the abundance of imaginative costumes depicting significant events in London's history, such as the Blitz and the Black Death during the three-mile parade, which every year features the gold state coach, magnificent floats and marching bands.

The Royal Air Force Band, St John Ambulance, the Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps and many other groups will be participating.

When is the Lord Mayor's Show?

The show will take place on Saturday November 11 and alderman Michael Mainelli will be the new Lord Mayor of London taking over from Nicholas Lyons.

Every year on the second Saturday in November, the exhibition commemorates the installation of the new Lord Mayor of the City of London.

From the City of London, the newly chosen mayor makes his way to Westminster to swear loyalty to the sovereign.

Where does it take place?

The procession travels along St Paul's Cheapside and Fleet Street on its way from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice.

The origins of the Lord Mayor's Show date back to 1215, when King John gave the people of London the authority to choose their mayor. Since then the parade has grown into a grand display of civic pride.

How to watch

Between 11am and 12am, you can witness the outer procession in person in the area between Bank and St Paul's.

The best stations to get there are Bank and St Paul's, however, they are likely to be extremely crowded in the morning and it is preferable to get off at Mansion House, Cannon Street or Blackfriars if you don't mind taking a quick stroll.

The event will be live streamed by the BBC for those who can't attend.