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Mansion House - Grade I listed building. Designed by George Dance in the Palladian style

The Lord Mayor of the City of London

The role of the Lord Mayor of the City of London

The Lord Mayor of the City of London is the head of the City of London Corporation, the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

Elected annually, the Lord Mayor of the City of London is an international ambassador for the UK's financial and professional services sector and works closely with the Mayor of London.

About the current Lord Mayor, Michael Mainelli

Professor Michael Mainelli started his career as a research scientist in aerospace and computing, and co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, a leading City think-tank. With a diverse background, he serves as the 695th Lord Mayor of the City of London, focusing on the theme "Connect to Prosper." In this role, he aims to strengthen economic ties, identify business opportunities, and position the UK as a top global destination for foreign investment. The initiative highlights the City's role as an innovation hub, leveraging its vast knowledge ecosystem across various sectors.

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Mansion House

The magnificent Grade I listed Mansion House built in 1739 has been the home and office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London for over 250 years. Today it is still in use as the home and office for each Lord Mayor during their one-year term in office.

While not normally open to the public, visitors can explore the 18th century rooms by joining a guided tour of Mansion House.

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Knowledge Miles: The 695th Lord Mayor's Lecture Series

Learn more about the Square Mile's connections and its role as "The World's Coffeehouse" at this online webinar series, an initiative of Lord Mayor Professor Michael Mainelli.

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Explore the City with VeraCity

VeraCity is a freely accessible information and navigation portal designed by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists for the City of London.

Residents, employees, and visitors to the City can use their smartphones to point at landmarks and gain instant insights, enhancing their knowledge of the city's history and operations. Sponsored by the 695th Lord Mayor of London, VeraCity aligns with his vision of 'The Knowledge Mile - Connecting to Prosper.' The portal provides details about City landmarks, spaces, individuals, and communities, along with initiatives aimed at fostering the sustainable growth of the future City.

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The Lord Mayor's Show

A big date in the City’s calendar, the Lord Mayor's Show is an annual event that dates back over 800 years. The original purpose of this historic event was to welcome the new Lord Mayor, and to "show" them to the people of the City. During the procession the Lord Mayor will swear an oath of allegiance to the sovereign at the Royal Courts of Justice. This year the Lord Mayor’s Show will take place on Saturday 9 November.

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