Lord Mayor’s Show set to be great spectacle for visitors

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Visitors staying at central London hotels next month should ensure they do not miss the annual Lord Mayor's show.Held every year since 1215, the unique event marks the swearing-in of the city's Lord Mayor and is believed to include one of the world's longest street processions.

This year's procession will take place on November 10th and will begin at Mansion House at 11am.

It is expected that thousands of people will take part in the three-mile parade of floats, which will be feature the Lord Mayor's state carriage. Organisers have also confirmed that the 2012 show will include 25 marching bands, 300 horses, 18 vintage cars, 21 carriages, an original American stagecoach, a Japanese Taiko drum band and a number of other top-secret performers.

The State Coach is more than 250 years old but has been used in the show since 1757 and forms a key part of the whole event.

After departing from Mansion House, the procession will pass by the Square Mile and pause at St Paul's Cathedral for the Lord Mayor to receive a blessing from the church. The next stop, at around 12.30pm, is the Royal Courts of Justice, where the official figure pledges his commitment to the Sovereign.

This swearing-in session takes around 45 minutes, after which, the Lord Mayor re-joins the procession as it retraces its route back to Mansion House by 2.30pm.

Alderman Roger Gillford will be the 685th Lord Mayor of London and he will officially take office on November 9th – the day before the official swearing-in.

In past years, the procession has been followed by a large firework display on the River Thames but this year the organisers have opted not to hold it because the city has enjoyed fireworks throughout the summer because of the London 2012 Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.