Lord Mayor’s Show

The Pageant Everyone Takes For Granted

Referenced in Pepys’s diaries, the Lord Mayor’s Show, London’s grand annual parade, just passed its 804th year. The procession kicked off at 11am from Mansion House with cadets, carriages, floats and bands moving through the streets. Over in Paternoster Square and St Paul’s there were funfairs, art installations and street theatre. The parade ended with […]

An Autumn Abundance

  After the relative doldrums of summer, London always goes a bit barmy in autumn. Not that we’ve had such a season so far this year, with temperatures in Central London hitting summer peaks as late as November. But in the evenings mists are now rolling in from the river, and there’s a hint of […]

Off To See Gog and Magog

Romulus and Remus may have founded Rome but we have those two rather sinister giants, Gog and Magog, to thank for London. This morning there’s a chance to see the wicker men themselves in the annual Lord Mayor’s show, which in two years’ time celebrates its 800th anniversary. But of course a big attraction is […]

Missed Again!

It was the Lord Mayor’s Show today – 140 organisations in a parade three miles long, led by Gog and Magog, the wicker guardians of London, climaxing in a huge fireworks display. But it was another No Show for me again this year. I forgot. The last time I went I was a kid and […]