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Livery Companies and Halls

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Livery Companies and Halls - Latest news, articles and photos

Crowdfunding campaign to save HQS Wellington
Crowdfunding campaign to save HQS Wellington

Crowdfunding campaign to save HQS Wellington

The former HMS Wellington, the large white ship moored on the Thames in central London, is 90 years old this year but has had to launch a fundraising campaign to ensure it sees out its centenary.

Mar
11
Lunches in the City of London’s livery halls
Lunches in the City of London’s livery halls

Lunches in the City of London’s livery halls

A couple of the City of London’s grand and normally private livery halls hold public livery lunches typically once a month, and dates for the rest of the year and next year have been released.

Oct
26
2023
Tickets Alert: Pewterers’ Hall open day
Tickets Alert: Pewterers’ Hall open day

Tickets Alert: Pewterers’ Hall open day

One of the City of London's grand Livery Halls will be open to the public for one day later this month.

Oct
05
2023
Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths’ Hall
Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths’ Hall

Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths’ Hall

One of the grandest of the City’s livery halls, the Goldsmiths is open a few days a year for public tours and the dates for… next year have been announced.

May
03
2023
Lunches in the City of London’s livery halls
Lunches in the City of London’s livery halls

Lunches in the City of London’s livery halls

Several of the City of London's grand and normally private livery halls hold public livery lunches typically once a month, and dates for the rest of the year have been released.

Aug
30
2022
Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths Hall
Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths Hall

Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths Hall

One of the grandest of the City’s livery halls, the Goldsmiths is open a few days a year for public tours and the dates for… next year have been announced.

Aug
17
2022
London’s Butchers Hall resuming its Carvery Lunches
London’s Butchers Hall resuming its Carvery Lunches

London’s Butchers Hall resuming its Carvery Lunches

Lunch starts with a drinks reception in the Foyer and the Carvery Lunch will be served in the recently refurbished Great Hall.

Nov
24
2021
Pewterers’ Livery Hall to open for monthly public lunches
Pewterers’ Livery Hall to open for monthly public lunches

Pewterers’ Livery Hall to open for monthly public lunches

Another of the City of London's Livery Halls has cracked open the usually closed doors a bit and will be hosting a monthly lunch which is open to the public.

Aug
27
2021
Exhibition of woodwork marks the 450th anniversay of the Joiners and Ceilers
Exhibition of woodwork marks the 450th anniversay of the Joiners and Ceilers

Exhibition of woodwork marks the 450th anniversay of the Joiners and Ceilers

A room inside the Guildhall is currently filled with woodworking tools, as this year marks the 450th anniversary of the granting of a Royal Charter to one of the City of London's livery companies

Jun
25
2021
Have a carvery lunch in the Butchers Hall
Have a carvery lunch in the Butchers Hall

Have a carvery lunch in the Butchers Hall

Lunch starts with a drinks reception in the Foyer and the Carvery Lunch will be served in the recently refurbished Great Hall.

May
07
2021
Tickets Alert: Lunches in London’s Livery Halls
Tickets Alert: Lunches in London’s Livery Halls

Tickets Alert: Lunches in London’s Livery Halls

The City of London has a number of grand Livery Halls dotted around the Square Mile, and three of them are going to be open for lunches this summer.

Mar
19
2021
A carvery lunch in Butchers Hall
A carvery lunch in Butchers Hall

A carvery lunch in Butchers Hall

If you fancy a good lunch in one of the City of London's ancient livery halls - it's possible.

Nov
03
2020
Covid-19 themed playing cards released for charity
Covid-19 themed playing cards released for charity

Covid-19 themed playing cards released for charity

This is topical and nice, a special set of playing cards has been released as a charity fundraiser, with all the court cards as medical staff.

Jun
05
2020
Approval granted for London’s tallest Green Wall – 26 floors high
Approval granted for London’s tallest Green Wall – 26 floors high

Approval granted for London’s tallest Green Wall – 26 floors high

A new 36-storey high skyscraper has been given planning permission, and it will have a green wall from the 10th floor all the way to the very top.

May
14
2020
Book review: The Livery Halls of the City of London
Book review: The Livery Halls of the City of London

Book review: The Livery Halls of the City of London

Within the City of London are a number of grand livery halls, and as they are mostly private, a richly illustrated book lets us peek behind locked doors.

Apr
17
2020
Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths Hall
Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths Hall

Tickets Alert: Tours of Goldsmiths Hall

One of the grandest of the City’s livery halls, the Goldsmiths is open a few days a year for public tours and the dates for… next year have been announced.

Mar
11
2020
Take tours of London’s grand Livery Halls
Take tours of London’s grand Livery Halls

Take tours of London’s grand Livery Halls

Dotted around the City of London are a number of very grand buildings, and while normally private, some are open to the public if you book a tour.

May
15
2019
Tickets Alert: Tours of Stationers’ Hall
Tickets Alert: Tours of Stationers’ Hall

Tickets Alert: Tours of Stationers’ Hall

Long hidden behind other buildings, Stationers’ Hall is one of the largest and most opulent of City livery halls, and they now hold regular public tours.

Mar
21
2019
Have you ever seen the Mercers’ Maidens around London
Have you ever seen the Mercers’ Maidens around London

Have you ever seen the Mercers’ Maidens around London

If you've ever seen them, you might think they're just old decoration, but many buildings in London are adorned with the bust of an anonymous woman.

Dec
23
2018
Exhibition – 450th anniversary of the Tylers and Bricklayers
Exhibition – 450th anniversary of the Tylers and Bricklayers

Exhibition – 450th anniversary of the Tylers and Bricklayers

This year marks the 450th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I granted a monopoly to the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers to control the market in London.

Jul
14
2018
The ancient Stationers’ Hall opens up for public tours
The ancient Stationers’ Hall opens up for public tours

The ancient Stationers’ Hall opens up for public tours

Long hidden behind other buildings, Stationers' Hall is one of the largest and most opulent of City livery halls, and they've just started holding regular public tours.

Mar
27
2018
London’s Pocket Parks – Tallow Chandlers Hall
London’s Pocket Parks – Tallow Chandlers Hall

London’s Pocket Parks – Tallow Chandlers Hall

A curious delight can be found around the corner from Cannon Street station - a small garden cut out of the side of an office building.

Oct
31
2017
Inside the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Livery Hall
Inside the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Livery Hall

Inside the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Livery Hall

Sitting very much overlooked on a very small side street near the building site that is Blackfriars train station lies one of the oldest of the City's Livery Halls, belonging to the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London.

Oct
30
2011
The History of Beeswax in London
The History of Beeswax in London

The History of Beeswax in London

As part of the soon to finish City of London Festival, there was a talk the other evening at the Wax Chandlers Hall all about their trade - bees and beeswax.

Jul
08
2010