Lord Mayor’s Show

Lord Mayor’s Show

For over 800 years the newly elected Lord Mayor of London has made his or her way from the City to distant Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown. Over the centuries this journey grew into the riotous medieval pageant known to all as the Lord Mayor’s Show, the first outside event ever to be shown live on television and still the oldest and grandest civic procession in the world. It’s a great free day out for the whole family, on the streets of the City of London on November 11th.
The event draws in huge crowds from across the world. These days, the parade is more of a celebration than a show of loyalty.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW

London in 1215 was already an independent-minded place; large, rich, well-connected and hard to rule. It was the largest city north of the Alps, with nearly 15,000 residents, and its power was growing. At the same time King John’s disastrous reign was falling apart. His armies were retreating in France, he was running out of money and his Barons were on the edge of open revolt.

The city of London, squeezed by the King’s taxes and frequently held hostage in baronial disputes, had been trying since the late 1100’s to organised itself into a medieval commune. The King may have thought he was creating a powerful new ally when in 1215 he gave his support to the commune and issued a Royal Charter allowing the City to elect its own Mayor every year.

There was an important condition. Every year the newly elected Mayor must leave the safety of the City, travel upriver to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown. The Lord Mayor has now made that journey for over 800 years, despite plagues and fires and countless wars, and pledged his/her loyalty to 34 kings and queens of England.

The Mayor of London became the Lord Mayor about a century later and for the next few hundred years; Lord Mayor of London was by far the grandest position to which a commoner could aspire. The Mayor’s journey was the celebrity spectacle of its day and over the centuries it grew so splendid and so popular that by the 16th century it was known everywhere as the Lord Mayor’s Show. It features in the plays of Shakespeare, the diaries of Pepys and the adventures of James Bond and of course in the pantomime story of Dick Whittington, who really was the Mayor of London three times. In the 20th century the Lord Mayor’s Show was the first outside event ever to be broadcast live and it still attracts a TV audience of millions.

     The modern Lord Mayor’s procession is a direct descendant of that first journey to Westminster. The route and date have changed over the years but the pageantry of Hogarth and Canaletto can still be seen in its lively mixture of London’s past, present and future. The state coach is over 250 years old, and the pike men who guard it are almost as old as the Show. Today you will see the City’s businesses, Livery Companies, charities, Her Majesty’s Forces, the City Police and Londoners from all walks of life come together to enjoy a splendid celebration of the City’s ancient power and prosperity, just as they did in the middle ages.

Whats happening in the event?

The ceremony will begin with a river pageant starting at QRB Gloriana at Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, floating downriver to pass through Tower Bridge for a Mayoral salute. Then join in the fun procession, as around half a million people line up along the route to watch the colorful parade travel across the City of London. And also there will be spectacular fireworks display in the evening. For the best views, try the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges. Usually event flows as follows

• FLOTILLA
• PROCESSION
• FIREWORKS

FLOTILLA
When the Lord Mayor’s journey began, London and Westminster were separated by open countryside. The quickest and safest way to get from one to the other was to travel up the Thames, and for the first few hundred years the Lord Mayor’s Show did just that. If you’ve ever wondered why a carnival is made up of floats, that’s why Crowds would watch from the banks of the Thames.

 

PROCESSION

Thousands of participants are expected to attend the big day. The Lord Mayor’s Show is a procession of more than 6500 people, 165 horses, 20 bands and 35 carriages. The liveliest crowd is from Bank to St. Pauls between 11.00 am and 12.30 am. Fully assembled it would measure over three miles long but it never is, as the route from Mansion House to the Royal Courts covers less than two miles. For a less crowded viewpoint we suggest somewhere between Blackfriars and Mansion House station between 1.15 pm and 2.30 pm.

 

FIREWORKS
To mark the end of the Lord Mayor’s Show and the beginning of a new mayoral year, London’s newly confirmed Lord Mayor will launch a splendid fireworks display over the river. You can expect the display to last 15-20 minutes and the roads to reopen at around 6.30 pm.

The iconic golden Lord Mayor’s Coach can be seen at the Museum of London during the rest of the year.

 

Brit Movie Tours – Tours Cameras and Action…

Brit Movie ToursBrit Movie Tours is the premier TV and Movie Tour Company in the UK. They operate bus, walking and small vehicle tours in various locations throughout the UK including London, Cardiff, Leeds, Essex, Edinburgh and Belfast.

The tours available are from some of the biggest TV and film brands on both the small and big screen.  Tours are put together to educate, entertain and appeal to visitors of all ages, nationalities and interests, bringing movies and TV shows to life. You will get to hear how the movies or programs are made and learn lots of behind the scene snippets, trivia and anecdotes.

The company is ethical and passionate about customer care.  They realise that online reviews can make or break businesses.  You only have to look at the many great reviews on Trip Advisor to see how good their tours are and how much they care.  Being aware of how most consumers consider the credibility of online reviews and that the majority of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, means they treat each tour with the same care. They only employ tour guides that are passionate about the subject or who are knowledgeable in that field.

Some of the guides are actual celebrities.  For the past few years their Krays Gangster London tour has been guided by the actor Stephen Marcus, aka Nick the Greek from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.  Sadly he is leaving this October but there will be a new celebrity to replace him.

They limit the amount of people on each tour so that everyone can hear the tour guide and get an enjoyable experience.  Many of the tours are available as private tours, so ideal from small groups on special occasions.  With the small coach tours you get to watch episodes’ and clips from the TV or movie the tour is about.  This helps pass the time while moving between locations.  There are always plenty of opportunities for photographs and breaks along the way.

The Company was founded in 2009 by Lewis Swan, with his passion and commitment Brit Movie Tours quickly became one of the leading specialist tour operators in the UK.

Some of the popular tours on offer include Harry Potter, Doctor Who, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Downton Abbey, Outlander, Poldark, Doctor Martin, Gavin and Stacy, Dad’s Army, Emmerdale, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, Made in Chelsea, The Only Way is Essex and much more. As and when new episodes’ and films come out, new locations get added to the relevant tours.

If there is a popular TV series or movie and some of the filming was carried out in the UK, then you can bet Brit Movie Tours will offer a tour. So why not join other likeminded fans and book a Brit Movie Tour.  You won’t be disappointed!

https://britmovietours.com/

Top Summer Attractions in London

London, capital city of the United Kingdom, extensively offers great rewards for those, who visit the place during summer. The months of June, July, and August are seen as a summer vacation in the United Kingdom and London is at the top with vast variety of attractions to travel and enjoy. Pack your luggage and leave your worries aside to have a trip with a mixture of memories and happiness. There are so many things that you can actually do in London, but here we will cover the one’s which will be attractive for you and your family. It is a place where there is a lot of sightseeing for children, where they could enjoy, however not to forget it should always be strictly under parental guidance.

Let’s get started about the attractions!

Top Summer Attractions in London

Buckingham Palace:

An age-old palace which is situated at the city of Westminster gathers huge attention from public during summer. It was a Royal House of the United Kingdom and later became the residence of British monarch on succession of the Queen Victoria in 1837. The wide palace possesses 775 rooms in total and holds the record for a largest private garden in London. A trip to Buckingham Palace is a must visit for any visitor to London especially during the summer seasons.

London Eye:

When you come with children for a tour to London, then they would love to see the city from the above. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, Coca-Cola London Eye is a giant wheel that carries millions of tourists daily. It is one of the most popular paid attractions in the city. Each of the ovoid capsules can hold up to 25 people and one can take a 360-degree selfie in this giant wheel.

Tower of London:

Tower of London is a historic place, and home to majesty’s crown jewels. It is situated on the north bank of the River Thames. It is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) world heritage site and is a must for people who are visiting London for the first time. The palace is not usually crowded and you can see a spectacular view of the Tower Bridge too. Online bookings are available for entry pass, so you can beat the queues and enjoy extra time at the place for the day.

Boat Cruises at the Thames:

When you come with your loved ones for a vacation, for sure they will not hesitate to go on a cruise ride. River Thames promisingly offers many boat cruises to have an enchanting view of London. There are several cruise contractors available, so it is advised to find the best contractor and pre-book them online to avoid last minute contingencies. Through sailing, the cruise covers most of the famous buildings alongside the riverbank.  Try to add a river cruise to your itinerary to see a whole new view of the City.

Cactus on the roof:

Partying is a way of expressing cheer among your family and friends. It is a summer party that is hosted at the South Place Hotel in London. There would be problems with the age factor as the entry is only for over 18 years of age. Tickets start from £30.00GBP and will keep you partying till the early hours on this roof top restaurant. Don’t miss it!

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre:

When you type the above words on Google, you will be surprised looking at just the reviews. Book online and schedule a time for the play and avail it without a fee. You can book tickets via telephone and can also avail them in person. This theatre is located in Queen Mary’s Gardens, on the inner circle of Regent’s Park. Many of the top most actors in the Hollywood industry started their career from this theatre. It has a very large auditorium and can accommodate more than 1200 people. Why not take the time to watch a play in a relaxed environment.

Horse riding:

How about riding on a horse? Sounds like a great idea right? Yes, London gives favourable options for people who love horse riding. Out of several parks in London, Hyde Park and Richmond Park tops the list. Even though it is a bit costly, the memories of the experience will last forever. Think of the possibility that this maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity and don’t miss it.

Summer Safari at London Zoo:

Children get amazed when they see animals inside the zoo. It may be a great idea to make your weekend enjoyable at zoo. Book your tickets in advance because there can be huge queues inside the zoo for a safari ride. ZSL London Zoo is famous for Sunset Safari try not to miss it when you are going with your children, family or friends as they will love you even more for the experience.

Victoria and Albert Museum:

Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the world’s great museums that consists of more than 4 million objects of decorative arts and design. The collections inside are very unique and it is home to world class visitors. Located at Cromwell Road, it is surrounded and built with 12.5 acres. The exhibition welcomes people from all over the world and they are advised to book tickets in advance to enjoy this museum with your dear ones.

Churchill War Room:

An underground location, which makes you travel towards, reminisces of the world war two. You start to think like a strategist and make moves to kill your enemies. Yes, these thoughts are inevitable, as you’re inside the Churchill War Room. It is one of the war museums in London which has an audio guide. This museum educates you and many people find this place very interesting due to the history involved. There is a lot of information about war and Churchill and allow approximately four hours to understand and learn about the history. Book a ticket in advance and enjoy the splendid experience that Churchill war room offers you.

Well, the places are very little to describe in a big city like London. Make sure you don’t miss any of the above locations and plan your travel accordingly. Book a private taxi through Exclusive Airports and enjoy your travel with family and friends.