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Diary

This Diary is maintained and edited by Nigel Pullman, whom you may contact at nrpullman@btinternet.com to advise errors or omissions. Weblinks from event organisers to their own website are particularly welcomed.

Following the election of the Lord Mayor at Michaelmas, a number of ceremonies occur, leading to the LM Banquet on the Monday following the LM Show. All these (eg incl Silent Ceremony etc) are described at this note.


Lunches in Livery Halls. See note at foot of page.

To see the dates of  the Court of Common Council meetings, and other Guildhall committees etc, follow this link.

To view the Lord Mayor’s Appeal programme of events, click here.

To see the Lord Mayor’s programme of overseas visits, click here.

A note about all ceremonial relating to the installation of the new Lord Mayor (mainly aimed at livery masters) may be read at this link


DECEMBER 2018

Monday 3rd December - Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at Drapers' Hall

Friday 7th December - New Zealand Livery Dinner at the Northern Club, Auckland (organised by Paul Kennerly)

Saturday 8th December - Brigantes Winter Gathering in Chester Cathedral(email the Organiser)

Thursday 20th December - Red Cross Christmas Concert in St Paul’s Cathedral


JANUARY 2019

Saturday 5th January - Lord Mayor's Children's Party at Mansion House (by invitation)

Friday 11th January - City New Year Service at St Michael’s Cornhill

Tuesday 15th January - Clerks' Briefing at Guildhall (organised by the Livery Committee)

24th and 25th January - Inter Livery Ski Competition at Morzine (organised by the Ironmongers' Company)


FEBRUARY 2019

2nd February - Candlemas

Tuesday 5th February - City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

Monday 11th February - Playing Card Games Evening for Junior Wardens at Vintners' Hall (organised by the Makers of Playing Cards)

Tuesday 12th February - After Livery Dinner Speaking Course for Future Masters at Guildhall

Wednesday 20th February - The Ravenscroft Lecture 2019 – Crossing Boundaries, at Middle Temple Hall (organised by the Glass Sellers' Company)

Tuesday 26th February - City Food Lecture at Guildhall (by invitation only)

Thursday 28th February - Tacitus Lecture in Guildhall (organised by the World Traders' Company)

TBA February – City Water Debate at Launderers’/Glaziers’ Hall (organised by the Wet 10 group of livery companies)


MARCH
 2019

Monday 4th March - Inter livery Bridge Competition at Drapers' Hall (organised by the Makers of Playing Cards Company) 


Tuesday 5th March - Shrove Tuesday: Inter Livery Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard (organised by the Poulters' Company)

tba March -  Lynn Painter-Stainers Art Prize at the Mall Galleries, SW1 (Monday *th March – Private View and Prize Giving)

Thursday 7th March  - Spital Sermon at St Lawrence Jewry

Sunday 10th March - Dress Rehearsal - ‘Trial & Error’ review, see below.

Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th March - ‘Trial & Error’ review at the Old Bailey. Please email for ticket information.

Monday 18th March - Modern Companies Dinner at Watermen’s Hall (organised by the Hackney Carriage Drivers' Company

25th March - Lady Day

Tuesday 26th March - Fellowship of Clerks AGM at Cutlers' Hall (Secretary email)

Wednesday 27th March - Lord Mayor’s visit to Treloar’s, accompanied by invited Masters

Thursday 28th March - Lord Mayor's Banquet for Masters & Prime Wardens at Mansion House

Friday 29th March - United Guilds' Service at St Paul's Cathedral  [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder] 

Sunday 31st March - British Summer Time begins. Clocks spring forward

Sunday 31st March - Mothering Sunday


APRIL
 2019

Thursday 4th April (PROVISIONAL tbc) - Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall, in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity. Tickets

Monday 8th April - Zurich Sechseläuten Spring Festival

Wednesday 17th April - Treloar Talks at Glaziers' Hall (email Treloar’s for tickets

19th April - Good Friday

21st April - Easter Day

Sunday 21st April (tbc) - London Marathon

23rd April - St George’s Day - The City of London Branch of the Royal Society of St George 125th anniversary

25th April - ANZAC Day 


MAY 2019 

Wednesday 1st May -  Distillers’ City Debate at Bank of America Merill Lynch, EC1A 1HQ (organised by Assistant Clerk, Kim Lyons)

Monday 6th May - Early May Bank Holiday

Wednesday 8th May - Barts View Day Service at St Bartholomew the Great, and at the Hospital 
 (organised by the Barts Charity)

Wednesday 15th May -  City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

tba - Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace

15th-16th May - Inter livery Clay Shoot at Holland & Holland ground (organised by the Environmental Cleaners' Company)

Wednesday 15th May - City Briefing at Livery Hall in Guildhall 

Thursday 16th May tbc  - Inter livery Golf at Walton Heath "Prince Arthur Cup" (organised by the Coachmakers' Company

[Note, there are  several other inter livery golf events arranged through the year]

Saturday 18th May - Inter livery Regatta at Cowes (organised by the City Livery Yacht Club

Monday 20th May - Fellowship of Clerks Spring meeting at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall. (Secretary email)

Tuesday 21st May - Festival of the Sons of the Clergy at St Paul's - for tickets, apply to the Festival Co-ordinator [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd May - Pewter Live at Pewterers' Hall (organised by the Pewterers' Company

Monday 27th May - Spring Bank Holiday

Thursday 30th May - Ascension Day. Beating the Bounds at All Hallows by the Tower

Friday 31st May -  Inter livery Rifle Shooting Meet at Bisley (organised by the Bakers' Company)

tba May - Red Cross collection on London Bridge. Masters meet at Fishmongers’ Hall (organised by the Red Cross 020 7877 7602)

JUNE 
2019

Saturday 1st June - Great XII Sailing Challenge at Seaview, IoW

6th June - 75th Anniversary of D Day

Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June Ironbridge Livery Weekend 
(organised by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum[For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Masters & Past Masters folder]

Tuesday 18th - Wednesday 19th June - Livery Showcase Event at Guildhall (organised by Livery Schools Link)

TBA June - Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace

TBA June  - Admiral of the Port’s Challenge


TBA June - Knollys Rose Ceremony (organised by the Watermen & Lightermen)

TBA June - "Jailed & Bailed" at Mansion House and Tower of London (organised by British Red Cross, City of London Sector)

TBA June - Armed Forces Flag Raising Day in Guildhall Yard

Monday 24th June  - Election of Sheriffs at Guildhall (detailed guidance for masters)

JULY 2019

Thursday 25th July  - Northern liverymen Brigantes Breakfast  at  Whitworth Hall, Manchester (email the Organiser)

TBA July  - City Beerfest, in Guildhall Yard

TBA July  - Cart Marking, in Guildhall Yard

TBA July - City of London Church Walk (organised by the Constructors' Company)

Third week in July - Swan Upping, on River Thames

TBA July- Doggett's Coat & Badge Race (organised by the Fishmongers’ Company)

TBA July - Ray Jeffs Golf competition at Hartley Wintney (organised on behalf of Livery Schools Link)

TBA July - The Fire Lecture at The Insurance Hall (organised by the Firefighters' Company)

Wednesday 30th July - Annual Spirits Tasting and Master Classes at Vintners' Hall (organised by the Distillers' Company)

AUGUST 2019

Monday 26th August - Summer Bank Holiday


SEPTEMBER 2019

Monday 9th September (tbc)  - Modern Companies Dinner at *** Hall (organised by the Management Consultants' Companyfollow the link for background about Modern Companies

Friday 13th September - Children’s Magical Taxi Tour send-off from Canary Wharf, (organised by the Hackney Carriage Drivers' Company)

tba th September - Inter Livery Tennis, at Queen's Club (organised by the Feltmakers' Company

tba th September - Walk of All Livery Halls for Masters  (organised by the Environmental Cleaners' Company)

Friday 20th September TBC - Sheriffs’ Ball at Guildhall (to reserve tickets email the Lord Mayor’s Appeal)

21st-22nd September - Open House London weekend, more at https://openhouselondon.org.uk・ 

Monday 23rd September to Sunday 29th September Goldsmiths’ Fair week 1

Tuesday 24th September - Actuaries' Lecture at Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn (organised by the Actuaries' Company)

Wednesday 25th September -  Wardens & Court Assistants Course at Guildhall

tba September - Gala Dinner for Treloars at Mansion House (email here to receive an application form

Friday 27th September tbc - Admission of Sheriffs at Guildhall

Sunday 29th September - Sheep Drive across London Bridge (organised by the Woolmen's Company)


OCTOBER
 2019

Monday 30th September to Sunday 6 October - Goldsmiths’ Fair week 2

Wednesday 2nd October - Election of Lord Mayor at Guildhall (detailed guidance for masters)

Wednesday 2nd October - Musicians' Company Evensong at St Paul's (organised by the Musicians' Company[For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]  

7th-9th October (tbc) - Art in the City 2019 at Painters' Hall, Free entry 11am – 4pm (organised by the Painter-Stainers' Company)

Wednesday 16th October -  Mithras Lecture at Bloomberg European HQ (organised by the Arts Scholars' Company)

Monday 21st October - City Briefing at Livery Hall in Guildhall 

tba October - Inter-Livery Real Tennis Tournament at Queen's Club.  (organised by the Brewers’ Company)

tba October - Quit Rents ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice

Monday 21st October - Fellowship of Clerks Autumn meeting at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall (Secretary email)

Sunday 27th October - British Summer Time ends. Clocks fall back.


NOVEMBER 2019

Monday 4th November - Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's Churchyard (organised by the Royal British Legion[For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Thursday 7th November - Ralph Anderson Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine London W1G 0AE (organised by the Horners' Company)

Friday 8th November - Silent Ceremony at Guildhall - swearing in of the new Lord Mayor 

Saturday 9th November - Lord Mayor's Show 


Sunday 10th November - Remembrance Sunday 

Monday 11th November - Lord Mayor's Banquet 


Thursday 14th November  tbc - Entrepreneurs’ Lecture at tba Hall (organised by the Guild of Entrepreneurs)

Tuesday 19th November - City Briefing at Livery Hall in Guildhall

Wednesday 20th November - Help Musicians UK’s  Festival of Saint Cecilia at Westminster Abbey (11am) (organiser) [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Monday, Tuesday 25th, 26th November - Red Cross Christmas Market at Guildhall (preview tickets or for information email

tba November - Lord Mayor's Briefing to Masters and Prime Wardens, and their Clerks, at Mansion House 

tba November - New Zealand Livery Dinner at the Northern Club, Auckland (organised by Paul Kennerly)


DECEMBER 2019

Monday 2nd December - Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at Drapers’ Hall

Friday **th December - Brigantes Winter Gathering – Reception and Early Dinner, followed by Christmas Concert in ** (email the Organiser)

NB All 2020 dates below are TBC


JANUARY 2020

Saturday 4th January tbc - Lord Mayor's Children's Party at Mansion House (by invitation)

Friday 10th Januarytbc  - City New Year Service at St. Michael's Church Cornhill

Monday tba January - Clerks' Briefing at ** Hall (organised by the Livery Committee)

tba January - Inter Livery Ski Competition at Morzine (organised by the Ironmongers' Company)


FEBRUARY 2020

2nd February - Candlemas

tba February - Lord Mayor’s visit to Treloar’s, accompanied by invited Masters (contact Treloar’s)

tba February - Livery Showcase Event at Guildhall (organised by Livery Schools Link)

tba February - City Briefing in Livery Hall in Guildhall 

Tuesday 25th February - Shrove Tuesday: Inter Livery Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard (organised by the Poulters' Company)

tba February - Playing Card Games Evening for Junior Wardens at Vintners' Hall (organised by the Makers of Playing CardsOnline booking here

tba February - After Livery Dinner Speaking Course for Future Masters in Guildhall

Thursday 27th February - Tacitus Lecture in Guildhall (organised by the World Traders' Company)

tba February - City Food Lecture at Guildhall (by invitation only)

MARCH
 2020

Monday 2nd March - Inter livery Bridge Competition at Drapers' Hall (organised by the Makers of Playing Cards Company) 


tba March -  Lynn Painter-Stainers Art Prize at the Mall Galleries, SW1 (Monday th March – Private View and Prize Giving)

tba March - Spital Sermon at St Lawrence Jewry [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Monday 9th March - Modern Companies Dinner at ** Hall (organised by the International Bankers' Company) - follow the link for background about Modern Companies

tba  March - Dress Rehearsal - ‘Trial & Error’ review, see below.

Monday ** - Wednesday ** March - ‘Trial & Error’ review at the Old Bailey. Please email for ticket information.

22nd March - Mothering Sunday

25th March - Lady Day

Thursday 26th March - Lord Mayor's Banquet for Masters & Prime Wardens at Mansion House

Friday 27th March - United Guilds' Service at St Paul's Cathedral [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Sunday 29th March - British Summer Time begins. Clocks spring forward.

tba March - Fellowship of Clerks AGM at

tba March - Treloar Talks at Glaziers' Hall (email Treloar’s for tickets) 


APRIL 2020

10th April - Good Friday

12th April - Easter Day

tba April  - Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall, in aid of ABF The Soldiers' CharityTo book provisionally

Sunday 19th April (tbc) - London Marathon

Monday 20th April - Zurich Sechseläuten Spring Festival

23rd April - St George's Day

25th April - ANZAC Day 

tba April - Cobham Lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society, by invitation (organised by the Air Pilots' Company)


MAY 2020

Monday 4th May - Early May Bank Holiday

Tuesday 12th May tbc  - Festival of the Sons of the Clergy at St Paul's - for tickets, apply to the Festival Co-ordinator [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Wednesday 13th May tbc - Barts View Day Service at St Bartholomew the Great, and at the Hospital 
(organised by the Barts Charity)

Wednesday 13th May tbc - Inter livery Clay Shoot at Holland & Holland ground (organised by the Environmental Cleaners' Company)

Thursday 14th May tbc  - Inter livery Golf at Walton Heath "Prince Arthur Cup" (organised by the Coachmakers' Company

[Note, there are  several other inter livery golf events arranged through the year eg see 11th & 28th July]

Saturday 16th May tbc - Inter livery Regatta at Cowes (organised by the City Livery Yacht Club

Thursday 21st May - Ascension DayBeating the Bounds at All Hallows by the Tower

Monday 25th May - Spring Bank Holiday

tba - Fellowship of Clerks Spring Business meeting at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall

tba - City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

tba May - Milo Lecture (organised by the Chartered Architects’ Company)

tba May - Pewter Live at Pewterers' Hall (organised by the Pewterers' Company

tba May - Northern liverymen Brigantes Breakfast at The Royal Armouries Leeds (email the Organiser)

tba - Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace

tba May - Distillers' Company Annual City Debate  (organised by the Distillers' Company) 

tba May - Red Cross collection on London Bridge. Masters meet at Fishmongers’ Hall (organised by the Red Cross 020 7877 7602)


JUNE
 2020

Friday 5th June to Sunday 7th June Ironbridge Livery Weekend 
(organised by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum[For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Masters & Past Masters folder]

tba June -  Inter livery Rifle Shooting Meet at Bisley (organised by the Bakers' Company)

tba June - Great XII Sailing Challenge at Seaview, IoW

tba June - Inter Livery Croquet (organised by the Founders' Company)

tba June - Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

tbaKnollys Rose Ceremony (organised by the Watermen & Lightermen)

tba June - Livery Education Conference at Staple Inn, followed by LSL AGM (organised by Livery Schools Link)

Wednesday 24th June  - Election of Sheriffs at Guildhall  (detailed guidance for masters

tba June - Armed Forces Flag Raising Day in Guildhall Yard  from 3:15pm 

tba June - Admiral of the Port’s Challenge (organised by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association TTRA)


JULY 2020

tba July - City Beerfest in Guildhall Yard

tba July - Jailed & Bailed in aid of the Red Cross, at Old Bailey and Tower of London (organised by Claire Conroy 020 7877 7603)

tba July - The Fire Lecture at The Insurance Hall (organised by the Firefighters' Company)

tba July  - Cart Marking, in Guildhall Yard

Third week in July - Swan Upping, on River Thames

tba July - Annual Spirits Tasting and Master Classes at Vintners' Hall (organised by the Distillers' Company)


AUGUST 2020

tba August -  Summer Music Festival at St Lawrence Jewry

Monday 31st August - Summer Bank Holiday


SEPTEMBER 2020

tba September - Doggett's Coat & Badge Race (organised by the Fishmongers’ Company)

tba September - Inter Livery Tennis, at Queen's Club (organised by the Feltmakers' Company) 


tba September - Walk of All Livery Halls for Masters  (organised by the Environmental Cleaners' Company)

Monday 14th September - Modern Companies Dinner at tba Hall (organised by the Tax Advisers' Company)

tba September - Fellowship of Clerks Bi-annual Workshop at the Guildhall Club (Secretary email)

tba September - Open House London weekend, more at https://openhouselondon.org.uk

tba September – Lord Mayor’s Charity Golf Day, Moor Park GC (organised by the Chartered Accountants Company)

Friday tba September - Sheriffs’ Ball at Guildhall (to reserve tickets email the Lord Mayor’s Appeal)

tba September - Gala Dinner for Treloars at Mansion House (book tickets) 

Wednesday 26th September -  Wardens & Court Assistants Course 

Sunday 27th September - Sheep Drive across London Bridge (organised by the Woolmen's Company)

Friday tba September - Children’s Magical Taxi Tour send-off from Canary Wharf, (organised by the Hackney Carriage Drivers' Company)

Monday 28th September - Admission of Sheriffs at Guildhall

Tuesday 29th September  - Election of Lord Mayor at Guildhall  (detailed guidance for masters)

tbc September -  City Giving Day

tbc September -  - Goldsmiths’ Fair

tba September - Actuaries' Lecture at Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn WC1V 7QJ (organised by the Actuaries' Company)


OCTOBER 2020

A note about all ceremonial relating to the installation of the new Lord Mayor (mainly aimed at livery masters) may be read at this link

tba October - Musicians' Company Evensong at St Paul's (organised by the Musicians' Company)

tba October - City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

tba October - Art in the City at Painters' Hall, Free entry 11am – 4pm (organised by the Painters’ Decorative and Fine Art Society (PDFAS)

tba October - Quit Rents ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice

tba October -  Mithras Lecture at tbc (organised by the Arts Scholars' Company)

tba October - Inter-Livery Real Tennis Tournament at Queen's Club.  (organised by the Brewers’ Company)

tba October - Fellowship of Clerks Autumn Business meeting at tba (Secretary email)

Sunday 25th October - British Summer Time ends. Clocks fall back.


NOVEMBER 2020

Monday 2nd November - Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's Churchyard (organised by the Royal British Legion[For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Sunday 8th November - Remembrance Sunday 

Thursday th November - Ralph Anderson Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine London W1G 0AE (organised by the Horners' Company)

Friday 13th November - Silent Ceremony at Guildhall - swearing in of the new Lord Mayor. Ticket application. "Applications for public tickets will close on 31st August 2018.”

A note about all ceremonial relating to the installation of the new Lord Mayor may be read at this link

Saturday 14th November - Lord Mayor's Show 
 Note re Guard of Honour

Sunday 15th November - Remembrance SundayArmistice

Monday 16th November - Lord Mayor's Banquet 


Wednesday 18th November - Help Musicians UK’s  Festival of Saint Cecilia at Westminster Cathedral (11am) (organiser) [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

Tuesday th November  – Denny Lecture at Barber-Surgeons’ Hall (organised by the Barbers’ Company, in alternate even numbered years)

Thursday th November - Entrepreneurs’ Lecture (organised by the Guild of Entrepreneurs)

th November - City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

Wednesday  November - Lord Mayor's Briefing to Masters and Prime Wardens, and their Clerks, at Mansion House 



Lunches in Livery Halls

There are several halls which offer regular weekly or monthly lunches for liverymen or freemen and their guests, of any company. They need to be booked in advance, and details of some are below:

Little Ship Club & City Livery Club, every Friday, book on 020 7248 2800 or online

Ironmongers' Hall, every Monday Book here

Painters' Hall, monthly, contact Life's Kitchen for details

Watermen's Hall, mid Friday each month from The Cook & The Butler - Date Details here

Butchers' Hall,  now closed for refurbishment

© Nigel Pullman 2018