Huge crowds lined the streets of central London today, despite the rain - to see the Lord Mayor's show. The spectacular event celebrated the inauguration of Fiona Woolf. She's become the 686th Lord Mayor of the City and only the second woman to have held the position, as Clare Reynolds reports.
Several roads are closed until 7pm due to the Lord Mayor's Show:
- Victoria Embankment closed both directions between Bridge Street & A3 Arthur Street / Swan Lane
- A1 Goswell Road closed both directions between Old Street & Montague Street / London Wall
- London Wall both directions between St Martin's Le Grand & Bishopsgate
- Blackfriars Bridge closed between Southwark Street & Queen Victoria Street/Tudor Street.
- Farringdon Road closed between Blackfriars Bridge/Victoria Embankment & Clerkenwell Road.
- A4 New Fetter Lane closed between A40 High Holborn/Charterhouse Street/Hatton Garden/St Andrew Street & Fleet Street.
Crowds have lined the streets of London to watch the celebrations for the newly-elected Lord Mayor of London. The procession got under way this morning at Mansion House and the march will finish at the Royal Courts.
The Lord Mayor's show has paraded through the streets of London for just shy of 800 years. The spectacle has survived the blitz, the great fire and the black death to become a world famous event.
Tomorrow there will be the usual pomp and ceremony, but this year there will also be a break with tradition. Fiona Woolf has become the new Lord Mayor - only the 2nd woman in history to hold the title. Lucrezia Millarini got the chance to meet her.
Many bus routes will divert, terminate early, or run to an altered timetable.
Trains won’t stop at London Bridge and will divert via Elephant & Castle.
Some of the docking stations in closed roads will not be in use. Check before you travel.
Fireworks will take place at 5pm to bring the Lord Mayor's Show to an end tomorrow.
The following roads will be shut, between 4pm and 6pm, so there is plenty of room for people to watch the display.
- Waterloo Bridge
- Southwark Street
- Stamford Street
- Blackfriars Road
- York Road
Many roads will be shut due to the procession tomorrow.
Closures will start at 7am. Roads will reopen between 4pm and 5pm. The following will be shut:
- Aldersgate Street
- London Wall
- St Martins Le Grand
- Princes Street
- Mansion House Street
- Queen Victoria Street
- Ludgate Circus
- Fleet Street
- Temple Place
- Blackfriars Bridge
The new Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf, has been talking about women in the workplace on the day she takes office.
Ms Woolf said: "The captains of industry really want women to succeed."
"Women need to get out of their comfort zones," she explained, "and ask for promotion".