The details of road closures on the day of the Show are not confirmed until a few days before, but they remain broadly the same from year to year. The area affected runs from Kingsway to Bishopsgate and Holborn to the river. Roads in the City reopen between 3 and 4pm, but the area around Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars and Waterloo bridge remains closed until around 6pm for the fireworks.
The short answer is that every bus stop between Trafalgar Square and Liverpool Street is closed. I'm sorry to say that if your bus travels through that area then it will either turn back or be diverted around it. This means timetable changes and sometimes delays to services outside the City. We have prepared an overview of affected routes.
Transport for London have published their official announcement of the effect the Show will have on roads and public transport. It is full of useful detail including the likely reopening times of different streets.
Pedestrians and Cyclists
The situation is much easier if you're on foot or on a bike - especially given the absence of traffic - but there are some things to be aware of:
- There will be no buses in the closed area. Tubes will run as normal, but the stations will be very busy.
- You can't cross the processional route once it has been set up, especially once the procession has begun: it is lined with police and barrier-jumping makes them very unhappy. You can use the station underpasses at Bank, City Thameslink and Mansion House to cross the route.
- Leave plenty of time: after about 10am the pavements around the route will fill up quickly, especially around Bank, Mansion House and St Pauls. It can take a long time to get down Cheapside, but you will find that back roads and cut-throughs are fairly clear.
- Don't leave your bike chained to a lamp post on London Wall or - to be on the safe side - anywhere else on or near the processional route. It is likely to be removed on Friday night or Saturday morning, however securely it may be locked.
The 'secure area', in which the roads will be closed, corresponds roughly to the whole of postcodes EC2 and EC4. It also takes in a bit of WC2 - east of but not including Kingsway, the eastern side of Aldwych and Lancaster Place - that covers WC2R, WC2A and a bit of WC2B.