The Lord Mayor’s show is without a doubt one of the most exhilarating – and certainly one of the oldest – London traditions, and is set to provide plenty of excitement for tourists and locals alike when it takes place again next month.
Dating back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of the capital to elect their own mayor, the event has been staged every year since, and sees the Lord Mayor of London travel through the streets in an elegant carriage.
Beginning in the City of London and finishing his journey in Westminster, the newly elected public servant undertakes this journey with the intention of pledging his allegiance to the crown, and millions of people line the streets every year to see him pass by – with this year’s show set to occur on November 9th.
Over the centuries, the Lord Mayor’s Show has developed into a terrific spectacle and anyone who takes a trip to the capital to see this year’s parade is in for a real treat, with a spectacular fireworks display set to light up the skies over the Thames once the show comes to an end.
Furthermore, those who would like to get a closer look at the extravagant Lord Mayor’s Coach can do so by paying a visit to the Museum of London, where it is on display.
While there, you may want to check out the museum’s latest exhibition, which includes the world’s finest display of Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellery.
Known as the Cheapside Hoard, the pieces on show were discovered underneath a cellar floor in the City of London in 1912, and are now being exhibited for the first time.
The jewellery is thought to have been buried some time around the middle of the 17th century, although the exact year has not been determined, and the collection includes more than 500 stunning pieces.
Among these are rings, necklaces and all manner of exotic and extravagant accessories, such as a one-of-a-kind Colombian emerald watch.