Cycling Concours d’elegance

The Architects’ Company organised the Concours on June 4  as part of the Annual Mr Porter City Nocturne to promote considerate cycling in the City. As the number of people using the streets increases, all road users have to treat each other with due consideration. The...

Master’s April Blog

On April 5 we held a joint lecture with the Carpenters’ Company in their splendid hall. Dr Anya Matthews gave a most erudite presentation on the destruction of Livery Halls during the Great Fire. This formed part of series of talks on my theme of ‘Rebuilding the City’...

Master’s Blog March

On March 7th I was pleased to attend The Worshipful Company of Plumbers’ banquet in Mansion House. Impeccably organised and suitably formal it was the epitome of a proper Livery ‘do’ – although it broke with tradition in one significant respect – Erica...

February Blog

On Shrove Tuesday I lined up in Guildhall Yard for the Annual Livery Pancake Race  organised by the Poulters’ Company. The races included a series of heats for the Masters, for Freemen and a special fancy dress category. The races were started by a gun provided by the...

January Blog

The year began with the The City of London New Year Service at St Michael’s Cornhill. The annual event is held for those working in the City and members of the City livery companies. It was lead by the Rector of St Michael’s, Bishop Stephen Platten, and the lessons...

Master’s December Diary

  For the past eight years The Lord Mayor has hosted a Big Curry Lunch in Guildhall. The event has raised nearly £1.4 million for The Soldiers’ Charity, helping soldiers and veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. On December 7 I attended a reception at...