Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks Display

As is tradition every year in London, the Lord Mayor’s fireworks display took place last week (the week after Bonfire Night), really making it the main event, and offering firework enthusiasts a second chance to see some really fantastic, well-organised pyrotechnics. If you’re thinking of travelling to London next year to see this fantastic event and are looking for travel insurance comparison then use MoneySupermarket for the best deal – you’ll need it if you’re going to one of the busiest cities in the world!

London Fireworks
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Marking the end of the display and the commencement of a new mayoral year, London’s newly announced Lord Mayor set off a spectacular fireworks show on the banks of the city’s river Thames at exactly 5pm on Saturday 12 November.

A team of no less than eight pyro technicians worked around the clock for 48 hours to set the display up. Impressively, the display also included over half a tonne of industrial fireworks, many of which rocketed to heights of more than 600ft into the city’s skyline, before exploding in all their twinkling, glistening glory for onlookers to marvel at.

It’s one of London City’s most incredible spectacles, and no matter where you are in London, you were sure to catch a glimpse. However, for the very best vista in town, we headed down to Victoria Embankment, where we took our place and watched the celebration of Guy Fawkes night with hundreds of other excited onlookers.

It was such a big event that the London Borough council closed the road off this year, so there was plenty of space to mingle and watch the display with your family and friends without feeling the crush of the crowds.

And if you couldn’t make it down to Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges also provided a spectacular viewing platform, although there was apparently a lot less space there and, for reasons of health and safety, the police had to continually move onlookers on to ensure that the road and pedestrian traffic kept a steady flow.

London Fireworks
[Image courtesy of gluemoon via flickr creative commons]

The Lord Mayor’s office and the Metropolitan Police produced a detailed map of the area, which showed where you could see the display from and which areas had been cordoned off for onlookers especially for the event as well as where to head for and where to avoid as well as the usual streets and landmarks. And for those with iPhones, the Lord Mayor’s office also released an interactive map app for download in early November.