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Guildhall Art Gallery

See paintings that show pomp and pageantry of the 1780's and then go back further in time and experience life with the Romans.


Francis Wheatley and Richard Paton's painting 'The Lord Mayor's Procession by water to Westminster, November 9th 1789' shows the tradition behind the pageantry of the Lord Mayor's parade. It also shows how the skyline of London has changed - the tallest buildings are church spires.

The view is from Thames waterfront at Cuper's Bridge, Lambeth showing the procession of William Pickett up river to Westminster, where the Lord Mayor will be sworn in before the Lord Chief Justice.

Painting of the Lord Mayor's Procession to Westminster
See pomp and pageantry at the Guildhall Art Gallery with the Lord Mayor’s Procession, a tradition dating back to the 16th century © City of London Corporation


Discover London's Roman Amphitheatre
12pm, 1pm and 2pm

Free introductory tours with our resident archaeologist, incorporating one or both of the paintings featured above.

Part of the half term family programme, the tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Free. No booking required.
Meet in the Amphitheatre located under Guildhall Art Gallery


Guildhall Art Gallery
off Gresham Street

Open Wednesday 10am - 5pm

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