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 you can access a simplified version of this site on the day, but don't bother with that: download our new app instead. As well as an interactive map it includes interactive navigation (so you can get directions to the nearest first aider, tube or toilet), messages and advice delivered live from the police control room and a handy procession-explanation system that will tell you exactly who you are looking at as they go by. The app will be released in mid October.
If you prefer to find your own way, download our handy one-page map of the route and area and tuck it in your back pocket. It omits all the unnecessary details in order to concentrate on useful things like main streets, tube stations and toilets. 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 car
Is impossible unless you are the Chief Constable.
Getting here by bus
This doesn't work very well either: buses are diverted around the city for most of the day and the nearest you can get is Liverpool Street or Kingsway.
Grandstand seats will be available in June. Join our mailing list to receive advance notification.
We have some useful information for disabled visitors to the Show, including permits that allow you to park on the Victoria Embankment. We are adding more information about accessible stations, toilets and other essentials. If you can’t use public transport or you’re worried about the crowds, you should find something helpful there.
Between the Show and the fireworks, join the London City Guides for a free guided walk through the City's strange and marvellous history.
After 156 years off the water (and a trial float), in 2012 the Lord Mayor took to the Thames again.
The City and the Lord Mayor's Show are doing everything we can to bring back the Lord Mayor's Fireworks next year, and to make them bigger and better than ever before.