The Lord Mayor’s Show is a time old tradition which has taken place in the City of London since the 16th Century. The Lord Mayor of London represents solely the City of London; the title is bestowed on a new candidate each year following elections at Common Hall comprising Livery Men from all of the City’s Livery Companies. The new Lord Mayor is sworn in during the second week of November, the day before the Lord Mayor’s Parade.
Originally the parade was a flotilla of barges going down the Thames from the City to the Royal Courts in the City of Westminster. 1856 was the last year the show went by barge, it has taken place on dry land ever since. The state coach was commissioned for the parade in 1757, this was considered a much safer way for the Mayor on which to make his way to Westminster following an incident with a drunken flower girl one previous year which resulted in the Lord Mayor falling from his horse and breaking his leg! The procession starts at Guildhall and weaves its way through the City of London winding up at The Strand to where the Royal Courts of Justice have been located since moving from Westminster in 1882.
This year, the parade will be on Saturday 8th November. The procession meanders past St Paul’s Cathedral and Ludgate Circus not far from where Frank Harris & Co. have taken on a charming one bedroom property on Carter Lane. Situated along one of London’s historic lanes, this second floor property takes advantage of large window which light up the bright living room with open plan kitchen. The bedroom has gorgeous high ceilings and a walk-in wardrobe. A separate marble shower room puts the cherry on top of this fantastic City flat. Please give Frank Harris & Co. a call on 020 7600 7000 to book a viewing.