The Lord Mayor’s Show is naturally accessible and enjoyable by everyone, and you will see many disabled people both taking part in it and joining the crowds to watch. The only problems you might encounter are to do with getting into the City and negotiating the crowds.
Getting around the Show
For wheelchair users and anyone who is concerned about standing up in a crowd for the hour and a half that the Show takes to pass, the grandstands are by far the best bet. As well as the banked seating there are places reserved for wheelchairs, each with space for an accompanying carer if required. Tickets will become available in June and you can buy them online or by calling the ticket office on 01908 300106. Don't delay: the number of wheelchair spaces is limited and the whole grandstand sells out long before the day of the Show.
The busiest parts of the route are around St Paul's and Mansion House. If you're at all concerned about the crowds, or might be a bit unsteady on your feet, please avoid those areas. In quieter places like Fleet Street the crowd should be much more manageable and you should be able to use folding chairs. There is also less of a crush during the return leg of the procession, so for wheelchair users the best option is to head for Victoria Embankment at about 1pm.
If you decide to go for the first leg of the procession - which is usually a bit more lively - and you want to be at the front of the crowd, try to get there by about 10. Front row positions are bagged quite early on.
Driving and Parking
Due to the strict security (and safety) regime, only vehicles with approved passes are allowed within the Show area. Most visitors have to travel to the Show by tube but special arrangements can be made for those unable to use public transport. For blue badge holders the best option is to park in Farringdon Street and then watch the show from Ludgate Circus. This will require a special security pass that you can obtain from Larry Costa at the City of London. All applications should be made at least a week before the Show. He will need details of the car (including make, model, registration number and colour), along with the name of the driver and your blue badge number. Larry can be contacted by phone or email on 020 7332 3037 or larry.costa at cityoflondon.gov.uk. Please note that there is no space for parking on Queen Victoria Street as it is reserved for coaches.
Accessible WC's are provided at various locations around the parade route including Blackfriars Bridge, Farringdon St (junction with Ludgate Circus), New Change and on Queen Victoria Street (junction with Cannon Street). All of them are marked on our one page map and in the interactive map of our smartphone apps.
Not all these are Part M standard accessible WC's: for full details please check with Larry Costa (020 7332 3037). There are also a number of wheelchair accessible WC's within train stations around the City. Many of these are opened using a RADAR key.
Access in the City
The City of London Access team produce a booklet entitled Access for disabled people in the City of London. This can be downloaded from the web or ordered from the Access team: call them on 020 7332 1995 or email access at cityoflondon.gov.uk
Grandstand seats will be available in June. Join our mailing list to receive advance notification.
Please don't try and drive to the Show: all the roads are closed, there's nowhere to park and you'll have a terrible time. Bike, walk or take the tube with our travel guide. We also have a page of information for disabled visitors.
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.