United Guilds’ Service and Lunch – Liverymen ONLY

1st April 2022 from 10:45am — 3:30pm • St Paul's Cathedral and Farmers and Fletcher's' Hall

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Friday 1 April 2022 at 11.15 am

(to be seated no later than 10.45 am)


Origins of the United Guilds’ Service

At a meeting of the Masters and Prime Wardens of the Twelve Great Companies, held at Goldsmiths’ Hall on 1 February 1943, it was decided to hold a service in St Paul’s Cathedral for the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City of London, the idea being to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War.

Having regard to the religious origins of the Companies, the service is held each year on Lady Day, being the first day of the year according to the Julian Calendar.  Along with the Sheriffs and Court of Aldermen, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Samuel Joseph, attended the first service at which the Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of London, Dr G F Fisher preached the sermon

As far as records show, this was the first occasion on which all the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City combined to hold a religious service.  Since then, it has become an annual event and remains one of the few occasions in the calendar at which the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City can gather together as a whole.


Tickets for the Service

We have a limited number of reserved seats for the Court and unreserved seats for Liverymen of the Company – at the United Guilds’ Service.  If you would like a ticket for the service, please contact mellissa@wcit.org.uk or call 020 7600 1992 (opt 1).


Lunch following the Service

This year we will be offering tickets for lunch at the Worshipful Company of Farmers and Fletchers’ Hall, 3 Cloth St, Barbican, London EC1A 7LD

Cost is £68 per head including VAT.

If you would like a ticket for the lunch, then please book via the Members’ Portal.


PLEASE NOTE:  Places for the service and lunch will be issued on a “first-come-first-served” basis with no bookings being taken after Thursday 24 March 2022.

Refunds for the lunch will not be issued after this date.