• Posted:Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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London goes off with a bang

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London goes off with a bang
If you're on holiday in England and staying in a hostel in London, then you're probably hoping to be able to catch up with a bit of the city's history. Walking around the town certainly does offer some perspective on the area's past - even the cobblestones you're stepping on have probably been there for hundreds of years - but there's nothing quite like actually taking part in a tradition or two while on vacation.

If you're in the region on November 14th, make sure you're awake for the Lord Mayor's Show, the procession of which has been taking place for centuries, throughout almost 800 years of London's legacy in fact. Apparently, it's managed to wind its way through major periods of chaos and upheaval, including the blitz and the black death - although it was slightly hampered in the 17th century with the construction of St Paul's Cathedral.

These days, millions of people crowd in front of their television sets to watch it go on - and half a million or thereabouts head to the streets to watch the newly elected mayor walk to the Royal Courts of Justice to pledge allegiance to the Crown.

The end of the procession reaches its climax with one of the city's finest firework displays at 17:00 GMT, lighting up the Thames.

While in London, you might also like to visit the Natural History Museum, which has come over all Christmassy and provided the townsfolk with the opportunity to go ice skating on a 1,050 metre rink.

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