And grab a 2FOR1 offer en route
Published 07/11/2016, by Pinar
The Lord Mayor’s journey began way back in 1215 when London’s first ever Mayor was ordered by King John to leave the City of London and travel up the Thames to Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown.
It is this journey that began the story of the Lord Mayor’s show - one of the city’s oldest and most popular pageants.
The modern procession, on 12 November, is 3.5 miles long and fills the space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until 2.30pm, cheered by around half a million people.
If you’re coming to the city by train to watch it, maximise your day out and take advantage of our nearby 2FOR1 offers in all their pomp and glory.
Dr Johnson’s House
The great writer and wit Dr Samuel Johnson lived in this charming 300-year-old townhouse in Gough Square nestled amongst the atmospheric alleys in the City of London. It was here that he worked on compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language. The house has restored interiors, original features and a research library.
Take an audio tour at London's oldest museum of anatomy and pathology and learn about the mysteries of the human body. See surgeon John Hunter’s (1728-1793) unique collection of anatomical and pathological preparations, specimens of natural history, fossils, paintings, drawings and manuscripts. Don't miss Winston Churchill's dentures - carefully designed to ensure the great orator kept his characteristically slurred diction.
Entry to the museum is free but get 2FOR1 offer on audio tours.
St Paul’s Cathedral
This architectural masterpiece is a landmark of the London skyline and has a rich and diverse history. Explore the cathedral floor, the crypt and the galleries; experience the acoustic quirks of the Whispering Gallery and enjoy panoramic views from the Golden Gallery. Many famous Britons have been laid to rest in the crypt including Lord Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, and the cathedral's architect himself - Sir Christopher Wren.
The Monument, also designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was built in 1677 to commemorate London’s survival after the Great Fire of 1666. Here you can climb the 311 spiral steps to the observation gallery, 160ft above the ground, which affords exhilarating 360-degree views of the capital. The structure was recently given a £4.5million refurb.
Tower of London
If you love a bit of pomp and history, then this 1,000-year-old castle will fit the bill. It has been a palace, a fortress, a prison and torture chamber. It has even housed a menagerie. Now it protects the Crown Jewels and is one of Britain’s most important - and most-visited - sites.