Cart Marking - A simple very enjoyable, free event - held mid July each year

Organised by the Worshipful Company of Carmen, a Livery company of the City of London, this traditional annual event sees a procession of weird and wonderful vintage vehicles - from lorries and buses to trucks and tractors - line up along Gresham Street ready to go into the historic Guildhall Yard to be 'marked' with a red hot iron by the Company's Master and the Lord Mayor.

This ancient tradition is carried out to demonstrate that the Carmen of today are still the carriers of the nation's goods, and that the City retains the right of marking.

Knollys' Rose
Watch a small procession leave All Hallows by the Tower and go to "Seething Gardens" to pick 1 rose - this will then be excorted through the City to the Mansion House to be presented to the Lord Mayor. This tradition goes back to 1381 when the wife of Sir Robert Knollys knoked down a building and replaced it with a Rose Garden and a bridge - she did not have planning consent!
The court decide that a rent of 1 rose should be payable. Although the bridge no longer exisits the tradition continues.

Lord Mayor's Show November 
The longest unrehearsed Parade in the world - three miles long, 6,500 people, 200 vehicles and 70 floats and music all the way. Princes Street, passing Mansion house at 11.00 pm going towards St Pauls Fleet Street and the Strand, returns from Temple along the Embankment towards Bank, leaving Temple at 1.00pm
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This show may be said to be "unrehearsed", which is the case BUT the management of the Parade under its Pagentmaster, Dominc Reid is certainly not "unrehearsed". Dominic has been pagentmaster for at least the past 20 years taking over on the death of his father Ian Reid, who I think was Pagentmaster for around 25 years.

Attention to detail - When the Ward Club took part in the Lord Mayors Show Nov 2005 (Sir John Stuttard our Alderman and Club President became Lord Mayor) we were fortunate to be allowed to use Double Decker Bus (Michelin). The theme we chose was "Education through the ages. On the Upper Deck we had a class from St Trinians! with a  Blackboard , tied to the front of the Bus. Before we moved off, one of Dominic's Team stood staring for quite a long time at the Blackboard - then nodded and moved off. On the return leg we got though an overhang with about 5cm to spare!! - phew!

71st Service of the United Guilds of the City of London - St Pauls
If you are a Liveryman and can get a ticket - a fantastic event. St Pauls Cathedral Full, Organ and Choristers in full voice - Lord Mayor, full procession. A special occasion. If cannot attend be outside between 10.30 and 11.15 - lots of action.