London Footsteps

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Some of the customs and traditions of the City of London go on year after year and are rarely seen or understood by thousands of people who visit or work in the capital.  The KNOLLY'S ROSE CEREMONY is one of them and it takes place on Thursday, 14th June in Seething Lane close to All-Hallows-by-the-Tower Church.

Around mid-morning, a group of scarlet-cladded group of men from the Watermen and Lightermen Company parade from the church to the Pepys Garden where a red rose is cut, placed on a blue cushion and carried ceremonially to the Mansion House and presented to the Lord Mayor.

The origins of this story go back to the 14th century so have a look at the All Hallows website