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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 URL are particularly welcomed.

An explanation of the principals determining inclusion or exclusion of events in the Diary may be read at this link.

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, follow this link.

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

To see the Lord Mayor’s programme of overseas visitsclick here.


City/Livery Diary 2022 - 2023

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


NOVEMBER
 2022

1st November - All Saints’ Day

Tuesday 1st November - Inter-Livery Real Tennis Tournament at Queen's Club.  

Monday 7th 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 Clerks' Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

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

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

3rd November - City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

Friday 11th November - Silent Ceremony at Guildhall - swearing in of the new Lord Mayor. Ticket applications on line during te month of August only or email

Saturday 12th November - Lord Mayor's Show 

Sunday 13th November - Remembrance Sunday. Livery masters’ involvement at St Paul’s/Royal Exchange coordinated by the Fruiterers’ Company

Monday 28th November - Lord Mayor's Banquet 


Mon-Tues 21st -22nd November - British Red Cross Christmas Market at Guildhall CANCELLED

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

Wednesday 23rd November - Lord Mayor's Briefing to Masters and Prime Wardens, and their Clerks, at Mansion House 

tba November - Help Musicians UK’s annual celebration of music (previously known as the Festival of Saint Cecilia) at TBC (11am) (organiser) [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Clerks' Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder] 


DECEMBER 2022

Monday 5th December - Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at Drapers’ Hall  

Saturday 11th December - Brigantes Northern Liverymen Winter Gathering in Bradford, (email the Organiser)

Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day

Monday 26th December - Boxing Day 

Tuesday 27th December  Christmas Day (substitute holiday)


JANUARY 2023

Friday 13th January  - City New Year Service at St. Michael's Church Cornhill (Vestry Clerk)

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

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

 25th-27th January - Inter Livery Ski Championships at Morzine (organised by the Ironmongers' Company)

31st January - Jailed & Bailed, at Old Bailey and Tower of London (organised by the Red Cross 020 7877 7603) 

FEBRUARY 2023

2nd February - Candlemas

tba February - City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

tbc February -  Wardens & Court Assistants Course   at Guildhall

Monday 6th February Young Livery Inter-Livery Quiz at Stationers’ Hall (organised by the Guild of Young Freemen)

Monday 13th February - Playing Card Games Evening for Junior Wardens (organised by the Makers of Playing Cards

Tuesday 21st February - Shrove Tuesday: Inter Livery Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard (organised by the Poulters' Company)

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

Wednesday 17th May - Tacitus Lecture in Guildhall (organised by the World Traders' Company)


MARCH
 2023

Monday 6th 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 - Lord Mayor’s visit to Treloar’s, accompanied by invited Masters

Thursday *th March  - Spital Sermon at St Lawrence Jewry

Monday 13th March - Modern Companies Dinner at *** Hall  (organised by the Tax Advisers' Company)

Sunday 19th March - Mothering Sunday

Thursday 23rd March - Lord Mayor's Banquet for Masters & Prime Wardens at Mansion House

Friday 24th March - United Guilds' Service at St Paul's Cathedral [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Clerks' Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]  


25th March - Lady Day

Sunday 26th March - British Summer Time begins. Clocks spring forward

Thursday 30th March - Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall, in aid of Armed Services charities. Tickets

tba March - Fellowship of Clerks AGM (Secretary email)


APRIL
 2023

7th April - Good Friday

9th April - Easter Sunday


Monday 17th April - Zurich Sechseläuten Spring Festival

23rd April - St George’s Day

25th April - ANZAC Day 


MAY 2023

Monday 1st May - Early May Bank Holiday

Monday tba May - Playing Card Games Evening for Junior Wardens at Drapers' Hall (organised by the Makers of Playing Cards

Saturday 6th May 2023 -  The Coronation of His Majesty The King at Westminster Abbey.

Tuesday 9th May  - Clergy Support Trust Festival  -  book tickets online here

Wednesday 10th May - Barts View Day Service at St Bartholomew the Great, and at the Hospital 
 (organised by the Barts Charity)

Wednesday 17th May - Tacitus Lecture in Guildhall (organised by the World Traders' Company)

17th & 18th May - Inter livery Clay Shoot at Holland & Holland grounds (organised by the Environmental Cleaners' Company)

Thursday 18th May - Ascension DayBeating the Bounds at All Hallows by the Tower

19th-20th May - Inter livery Regatta at Cowes (organised by the City Livery Yacht Club

 May -  City Briefing

Thursday  May - 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]  

16th-18th May - Pewter Live at Pewterers' Hall (organised by the Pewterers' Company

Monday  29th May - Spring Bank Holiday

May/June - Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace 


JUNE 
2023

Friday 2nd June -  Inter livery Rifle Shooting Meet at Bisley (organised by the Bakers' Company)

6th June -  Anniversary of D Day

 June - Fellowship of Clerks Spring meeting at . (Secretary email)

**th June - Northern liverymen Brigantes Breakfast (organiser email)

TBA June  - Admiral of the Port’s Challenge

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

Monday 26th June  - Election of Sheriffs at Guildhall (detailed guidance for masters)

26th June tbc - Armed Forces Flag Raising Day in Guildhall Yard


JULY 2023

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

tbc July  - Cart Marking, in Guildhall Yard

Thursday 6th July  - City Beerfest, in Guildhall Yard

Wednesday 19th July - Doggett's Coat & Badge Race (organised by the Fishmongers’ Company)

Third week in July - Swan Upping, on River Thames

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


AUGUST 2023

tba August -  Summer Music Festival at St Lawrence Jewry

Monday 28th August - Summer Bank Holiday


SEPTEMBER 2023

 September - Jailed & Bailed, at Old Bailey and Tower of London (organised by the Red Cross 020 7877 7603) 

Monday 11th September - Modern Companies Dinner at tba (organised by ) 

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

Friday 22nd September - Sheriffs’ Ball at Guildhall (to reserve tickets email the Lord Mayor’s Appeal)

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


tbc September - Gala Dinner for Treloars at Mansion House (online booking

tba September - Open House London weekend

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

September -  Wardens & Court Assistants Course at Guildhall

Sunday 24th September - Sheep Drive across London Bridge (organised by the Woolmen's Company)

 September Goldsmiths’ Fair week 1

Thursday 28th September - Admission of Sheriffs at Guildhall

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

Friday 29th September - Children’s Magical Taxi Tour send-off from Canary Wharf, (organised by the Hackney Carriage Drivers' Company)

OCTOBER
 2023

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

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

October - Goldsmiths’ Fair week 2

 October - Quit Rents Ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice

 October -  Mithras Lecture at Bloomberg European HQ, 3 Queen Victoria Street (organised by the Arts Scholars' Company)

 October -  City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

Sunday 29th October - British Summer Time ends. Clocks fall back.

NOVEMBER 2023

1st November - All Saints' Day

 November - Inter-Livery Real Tennis Tournament at Queen's Club.  

Monday 6th November - Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's Churchyard 

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

Friday 10th November - Silent Ceremony at Guildhall - swearing in of the new Lord Mayor. Email

Saturday 11th November - Lord Mayor's Show 


Sunday 12th November - Remembrance Sunday 

Monday 13th November - Lord Mayor's Banquet 


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

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

 November - Fellowship of Clerks Autumn meeting at  (Secretary email)


DECEMBER 2023

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

x December  - Entrepreneurs’ Raleigh Lecture at Drapers’ Hall (organised by the Guild of Entrepreneurs)

Saturday x December - Brigantes Winter Gathering   (organiser email)

25th December - Christmas Day


JANUARY 2024

Friday  January  - City New Year Service at St. Michael's Church Cornhill (Vestry Clerk)

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

tba - Clerks' Forum in the Livery Hall in Guildhall (organised by the Livery Committee

Wednesday - Friday  January - Inter Livery Ski Championships at Morzine (organised by the Ironmongers' Company

 January - Playing Card Games Evening for Junior Wardens at Drapers' Hall (organised by the Makers of Playing Cards


FEBRUARY 2024

2nd February - Candlemas

Tuesday13th February - Shrove Tuesday: Inter Livery Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard (organised by the Poulters' Company)

February - City Briefing in the Livery Hall in Guildhall

February - Young Livery Inter-Livery Quiz at Bakers’ Hall (organised by the Guild of Young Freemen)

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

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


MARCH 2024

Monday 4th 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)

Thursday  March - Spital Sermon at St Mary-Le-Bow [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Clerks' Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]

8th March - International Women’s Day 

Sunday 10th March - Mothering Sunday

Monday 11th March - Modern Companies Dinner at ** Hall (organised by the **Company

 Thursday 14th March - Lord Mayor's Banquet for Masters & Prime Wardens at Mansion House

Friday 15th March - United Guilds' Service at St Paul's Cathedral [For a backgrond note on this event, please visit the Clerks' Almanac, and look in the Church, Sport, Trade folder]  

March - Fellowship of Clerks AGM at ** Hall (Secretary email)

 March - Treloars Gala Dinner at Mansion House (email Treloar’s for tickets) 

 March - ‘Advocacy, Trial & Error’ review at the Old Bailey, in aid of the Sheriffs' & Recorder's FundRequest a booking form

tba March – City Water Debate at Guildhall (organised by the Water Conservators’ Company)

25th March - Lady Day

29th March - Good Friday

31st March - Easter Sunday

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

 - Clerks' Forum in the Livery Hall in Guildhall (organised by the Livery Committee)


APRIL 2024

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

April - Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall, in aid of Service Charities.

Friday 15th April - Good Friday

Sunday 17th April - Easter Day

April - Cobham Lecture at the RAF Club, by invitation (organised by the Air Pilots' Company)

23rd April - St George's Day

25th April - ANZAC Day 

April - Zurich Sechseläuten Spring Festival

Sunday xx April  - London Marathon 

MAY 2024

Monday 6th May - Early May Bank Holiday 

Thursday 9th May - Ascension DayBeating the Bounds at All Hallows by the Tower

 May - Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace 

 May -  City Briefing in Livery Hall at Guildhall

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

 May - Fellowship of Clerks Spring meeting at TBA (Secretary email)

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

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

[Note, there are many other inter livery golf events arranged throughout the year]

May - Young Inter Livery & Freemen’s Shoot at Holland & Holland ground (organised by the Environmental Cleaners' Company)

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

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

Tuesday  May  - Clergy Support Trust Festival at St Paul's Cathedral - book tickets online here

May - Red Cross collection on London Bridge. Masters meet at Fishmongers’ Hall (organised by the Red Cross 020 7877 7604) 

May - Great XII Sailing Challenge at Seaview, IoW

Monday 27th May - Spring Bank Holiday 

JUNE
 2024

 6th June -  80th Anniversary of D Day

Friday 7th June -  Inter livery Rifle Shooting Meet at Bisley (organised by the Bakers' Company)

Friday  June to Sunday  June Livery Masters’ Weekend 


 June - inter-Livery Cask Race in Guildhall Yard Entry form  (organiser email)

**th June - Milo Lecture (organised by the Chartered Architects’ Company)

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

**th June - Northern liverymen Brigantes Breakfast (organiser email)

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

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

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

24th June tbc - Armed Forces Flag Raising Day, in Guildhall Yard at 3.15pm

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

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


JULY 2024

tbc July - City Beerfest in Guildhall Yard (organised by the Brewers’ Company)

tbc July - Inter-Livery Chess Challenge at the Lansdowne Club (organised by the Tax Advisers’ Company)

Wednesday 19th July - Doggett's Coat & Badge Race (organised by the Fishmongers’ Company)tbc July  - Cart Marking, in Guildhall Yard

tbc July - Spirits Tasting and Master Classes at Vintners’ Hall  (organised by the Distillers’ Company)

tbc July Inter-Livery Pétanque Competition at The London Pétanque Club (organised by the Distillers’ Company)

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

tba July - City of London Church Walk (organised by the Plumbers' Company)

Third week in July - Swan Upping, on River Thames

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


AUGUST 2024

tba August -  Summer Music Festival at St Lawrence Jewry

Monday 26th August - Summer Bank Holiday


SEPTEMBER 2024

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

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


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


Friday 20th September tbc - Children’s Magical Taxi Tour send-off from Canary Wharf, (organised by the Hackney Carriage Drivers' Company) 

Monday th September - Modern Companies Dinner (organised by the xx Company

September - City Briefing in Livery Hall in Guildhall 

September - Jailed & Bailed at the Old Bailey (organised and in aid of the Red Cross)

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

Friday September - Sheriffs’ Ball at Guildhall (reserve tickets online here)

tba September - Open House London weekend

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

tba September -  City Giving Day

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

tba September  - Tymms Lecture at the RAF Club  (organised by the Air Pilots' Company)

September -  Wardens & Court Assistants Course  

Friday 27th September TBC - Admission of Sheriffs at Guildhall

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

Monday 30th September TBC - Election of Lord Mayor at Guildhall (detailed guidance for masters)


OCTOBER
 2024

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

tbc October - Quit Rents Ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice

 October -  Mithras Lecture at Bloomberg European HQ, 3 Queen Victoria Street (organised by the Arts Scholars' Company)

tbc  October - Fellowship of Clerks Autumn meeting. (Secretary email)

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



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

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

Butchers' Hall,  telephone 020 7248 1163 or  e-mail Sarah Levy Date Details here


How to remember the dates of the Quarter Days:

Assuming one knows they fall in March, June, September and December, then a way of getting the exact day is to count the number of letters in each month.

So Lady Day in March – five letters in March, so 25th

Similarly Midsummer Day in June – four letters in June, so 24th (election of Sheriffs)

And Michaelmas in September – nine letters in that month, so 29th (election of Lord Mayor)

However it doesn’t work in December, but we all know when Christmas Day is!

© Nigel Pullman 2022