Travel guide

Please leave your car at home! The roads are all closed, the whole of London is clogged up and there’s nowhere to park anyway. Come into town by train, tube or bike and you will be delivered to exactly the right spot.

Getting around the Show

If you’ve got a smartphone, please download our free app. As well as an interactive map it includes navigation (so you can get directions to useful things like toilets, first aid posts and pubs), messages delivered live from the event control room and a handy procession-explanation system that will tell you exactly who you are looking at as they go by.

If you prefer to find your own way, we also have a handy one-page map of the route and area that you can tuck in your back pocket. It omits everything unnecessary but gives enough detail to orient yourself, get around the procession and make your way to the fireworks. You may also find the timetable helpful.

Getting here by tube and train

Several tube stations will bring you out right on the processional route: St Pauls is on the outward leg, Blackfriars or Mansion House on the return leg, and Bank is on both.

Several other stations are within a very easy walk: Cannon Street, Monument and Moorgate are only a minute or two away, and Temple is close to the Royal Courts. City Thameslink train station is extremely handy, and Blackfriars, Farringdon or Cannon Street will put you nearby. They’re all on the map.

All these stations – especially Bank and St Pauls – are likely to be busy: leave a bit more time than usual for your journey, and please be patient leaving the station.

Using the river

A nice way to reach the Show is either to take the riverbus or to walk across the river. The Millenium Footbridge is ideal as it will take you straight to St Paul's. Southwark and Blackfriars bridges are also nearby, and both are pretty much empty on the morning of the Show.

Getting here by bike

You will find that the City is a very nice place to ride your bike on the day of the Show. There is no traffic, and you're quite likely to run into a brass band practising. Please be aware that you can't cross the processional route, and it would be best to avoid the areas around London Wall and West Smithfield where the procession is drawn up and security very tight. At lunchtime you will also find the area south of Aldwych and that end of Fleet Street very congested.

The closed roads also mean that Boris Bike stands cannot be emptied or replenished. Many of the stands near the route are closed for the day, which means the rented bikes are sadly not a very reliable way to get to the Show.

Getting here by bus

This doesn't work very well: buses are diverted around the city for most of the day and the nearest you can get is Liverpool Street or Kingsway. Please see the residents' pages for an idea of how mangled the bus routes get. It is possible to get to the Show by bus, but there will be quite a lot of walking involved.

Getting to the Show by car

…is impossible unless you are the Chief Constable. Disabled people with a blue badge can request a parking permit for the Victoria Embankment, which gets you very close. Please see the access page for details.

Avoiding the Show

If you need to get across or around the City on the day of the Show, please refer to our pages for residents. We have tried to list every inconvenience and offer ways around it.

Each year TfL also produces a detailed guide to the effects of the Show with lots of useful information about road closures as well as the effect on public transport. It tends to appear only two or three days beforehand; we will feature it here as soon as it is available.