Liverymen, Freemen and Guests are invited to experience the beautiful scenery of Hampstead Heath – one of the most famous open spaces in London. If you enjoy tranquil landscaped gardens and open spaces then make sure this date is in your diary.
Our Clerk Virginia Rounding is the Chairman of the Hampstead Heath Management Committee and has organised a leisurely afternoon walk over parts of the Heath, accompanied by the Superintendent.
The walk leads to Kenwood House – one of London’s hidden gems – for well-earned tea and cake! The House, a former stately home, is renowned for its Robert Adam interiors.
Contact The Clerk on 0207 329 2189 to book your place.
Each year a summer event is organised for Liverymen, Freemen and Guests and this year it will take the form of a Ball – the first of its kind!
The setting couldn’t be more perfect than Skinners’ Hall – a Grade 1 listed building nestled in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1670 the Hall is steeped in rich history and tradition.
A drinks reception on the roof terrace makes for a perfect start to the evening, followed by a Black Tie dinner.
Members and guests can then dance the night away to music by a top class band.
A perfect occasion for entertaining guests in fantastic surroundings, members can either purchase a table of ten, or single tickets.
Look out for more details in the New Year. In the meantime, make sure the date is in your diary!
Dress code: Dinner Jackets (Black tie)
No matter how many times you see or take part in it, the ceremony and election of the Lord Mayor is a unique and impressive event.
Liverymen are summoned to vote and Builders’ Merchants are among them. The Election is a popular event and you need to turn up at least an hour early to secure a seat.
Following the Election, the WCoBM is among many Livery Companies invited by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers for lunch in their Hall.
Liverymen only and dress code is Lounge Suits.
The installation of a new Master is the highlight of our social calendar and this year it takes place at Mansion House – home to the Lord Mayor of London and WCoBM’s Honorary Liveryman Dr. Andrew Parmley.
The evening starts with a formal ceremony in the Court at 5.00p.m. where the new Master and Wardens are installed. The ceremony also acknowledges the role of other Court Assistants. This part of the evening is open to Liverymen & Freemen only while guests enjoy a tour of Mansion House. Subject to Election, our next Master will be Senior Warden Brian Blanchard.
Following the election, the new Master, Liverymen and Freemen join their guests for a champagne reception at 7.00p.m., followed by a black tie Dinner at 7.30p.m. with the Lord Mayor as Guest of Honour.
Dress Code: Dinner jacket (Black Tie. White Tie optional)
The Lord Mayor’s Show is unique. It’s the longest, oldest, most popular procession in the world. A spectacular Show with over 150 very colourful and creative Floats, and crowds of people lining the City streets to welcome the new Lord Mayor of London.
Last year we entered our own Float in support of our Honorary Liveryman Dr. Andrew Parmley, who was elected as the new Lord Mayor of London. The wet weather did not dampen spirits or attendance, with many supporters in the Grand Stand cheering our Float, and crowds of people lining the streets.
We won’t be entering a Float this year, but tickets will be available from The Clerk for those wishing to attend.
Tickets are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment!
Christmas Carol Service: St. Peter ad Vincula, H.M. Tower of London
We always end the year on a high with our annual Christmas Carol Service at the Tower of London in the historic Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, followed by Supper. The Service starts promptly at 6.00p.m. accompanied by a superb choir who lead the traditional Carols. It’s a unique experience to attend a service in such an historic chapel, and a fantastic occasion for Liverymen and Freemen to enjoy with guests, family and friends.
Dinner at The Old Hall, Lincoln’s Inn
Following the Service, transport will be arranged to Lincoln’s Inn, which provides a magical setting for our celebrations. This event is extremely popular and for the first time last year we moved it to a new venue to accommodate a larger number. It was sold out within days so book early!
Dress code: Lounge Suits