If you fancy a good lunch in one of the City of London’s ancient livery halls – it’s possible. Livery Halls are usually only open to members or hired out for events, but the Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, near the Barbican, holds monthly(ish) public lunches.

All things being well, they’ve confirmed dates for next year.

Butchers Hall (c) Butchers Company

Lunch starts with a drinks reception in the Foyer and the Carvery Lunch will be served in the recently refurbished Great Hall. You probably want to bring a coat, if only to have an excuse to go to the cloakroom – as you get to walk past the meat fridge with a viewing window into the larder.

The beef served at the Carvery Lunches comes from farms in the North West of Scotland and the South West of England, with some of it coming from Ballindalloch Castle itself, home to the oldest known Angus herd.

Pre-ordered dietary requirements are catered for, although as it’s Butchers Hall, it might be a bit awkward if you’re going vegetarian.

Three-course lunches cost £55 paid in advance, plus any additional drinks which you pay on the day. There is a dress code of business attire, as would be normal for a Livery Hall lunch.

The lunches take place on Wednesdays, with the bar opening at 12:30pm and lunch at 1pm on the following dates.

  • 13th January 2021
  • 27th January 2021
  • 10th February 2021
  • 10th March 2021
  • 31st March 2021
  • 14th April 2021
  • 19th May 2021
  • 16th June 2021
  • 14th July 2021
  • 8th September 2021
  • 13th October 2021
  • 10th November 2021

If due to you know what, they have to cancel, they get in touch closer to the date.

To make a booking, call the team at Life’s Kitchen on 020 7248 1163 or email [email protected] with numbers of guests and prefered dates.


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