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Turn again, Turn again, Dick Whittington . . .

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This immortal line is from a pantomime version of the well-known fairy tale, Dick Whittington and his Cat.  Dick did indeed turn back to London town, only to find fame and fortune as Lord Mayor of London.

Today the Lord Mayor of London’s annual election is in its way no less theatrical.  A display of traditional English pageantry, complete with fur-clad capes, gold chains of office, mace and sword-bearing Esquires and attendant City Livery company members will gather this year on 1st October at the City’s Guildhall to elect the next Lord Mayor.  Elected by the Court of Alderman, representing the City’s twenty-five wards, the new Lord Mayor will look forward to a year’s term of office where he can expect to meet over 10,000 people, to travel abroad for over 90 days and to make over 800 speeches.  His official residence is the Mansion House, an imposing 18th century Palladian style building in the City’s very heart, opposite the Bank of England and at the junction of original Roman roads criss-crossing London.

A title steeped in history, the first Lord Mayor took office in 1189 marking London’s emergence as an important trading centre.  The role today still reflects London’s global status, as the Lord Mayor’s “job” (unpaid and apolitical) is primarily to be an international ambassador for all UK-based financial institutions and professional services.  The role is separate from but complementary to that of the Mayor of (Greater) London, Boris Johnson.

But if the election was a colourful pageant, just wait to hear about the celebration for the Lord Mayor’s inauguration.  The Lord Mayor’s Show is certainly an event to be in London for!  This year the world’s largest parade of its kind will take place on Saturday 10th November.  Featuring around 6,000 participants from businesses, schools, Livery companies and charities, with over 60 floats, 20 marching bands and carriages, the procession will be like the pages of a fantastically illustrated history book. Commencing at 11 am with a flypast, the procession will wend its way around the Square Mile from the Mansion House.  En route, the new Lord Mayor will pause at St Paul’s Cathedral to be blessed before proceeding to the Royal Courts of Justice to swear an Oath of Allegiance before the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls.  The procession itself ends at 2.30 pm but the day finally concludes with a magnificent water-borne firework display.

The Procession is free to watch with the best vantage points likely to be around Queen Victoria Street and Fleet Street.  But get there early because the crowds gather quickly to see this annual spectacle.  The City is en fête for the entire day with free City guided walks, opportunities to visit the Guildhall museum, St Paul’s Cathedral or the absorbing Museum of London.

This is English pageantry at its best, so book your Loving Apartment NOW for a late Autumn trip to London to see the Show and perhaps do some early Christmas shopping.  Go on – spoil yourselves!

Strut your Stuff at the London Fashion Weekend

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Do you live and breathe fashion? Then London is the place to be in September for one of the most significant events in the fashion diary. Rub shoulders with some of the most established international top designers and emerging talent in the industry. If you’re lucky enough to work in the Fashion industry you may have the privilege of attending the week event, open only to the trade. London Fashion weekend is a public event taking place on the 22nd – 25th, with tickets available to purchase. This glamourous event is sure to impress, with visitors flocking far and wide in the name of fashion, eager to discover the latest trend developments for the autumn and winter season.

Now in its 27th year, London Fashion week continues to entice visitors, not just for the catwalk shows, fresh designs and shopping, but also for the glamour, prestige and social atmosphere that comes hand-in-hand with attendance. Although the main venue is Somerset House, after-show parties and networking extend much further into some of the capitals’ classiest bars and clubs.

London Fashion Week is a hot spot for celebrities, with the front seats often filled with musicians, actresses and socialites. And, in previous years, with top designers in attendance, it won’t be just be the famous faces in the audience that has you star-struck. In addition to the catwalk performance, make sure you allow time to explore the other areas of interest including the Vintage area, Shoe Studio and Boutique Street. It’s not all female-focussed so why not bring your man along too? New for this year is a dedicated menswear section on the catwalk, plus top male designer brands available to purchase. Once you’re exhausted by all the catwalk action, shopping and trying-on (yeah right), you can treat yourself to a pamper session at The Retreat, with massages, manicures and pedicures on offer.

Daily admission to the event starts from £16 for entry into the shopping area only, with tickets including access to the catwalk from £31.50. For more information on ticket prices and opening times visit visit the official event website.

There are many central London apartment rentals close to Somerset House. The venue is located across the Thames from Waterloo station with the closest tube station being Temple. When planning your visit to the London Fashion Weekend, click here to check out London Apartments close to Somerset House.