About Us

The tradition of Freemen goes back many centuries, when the citizens of towns and cities would be granted valuable rights to trade, and other privileges conceded by royal charters.​

The system was also shared by Livery Companies, associations of craftsmen developed to control the admission to the trade by apprenticeship, and founded on the triple bases of commerce, benevolence
and religion.

 

From mediaeval times the City of London worked together with Livery Companies to control acceptance of Freemen. However in the nineteenth century it became possible for people to apply for the Freedom of the City of London without belonging to a Livery Company, and this created the need for an organisation to which all Freemen could belong to pursue the interests of the City.

This led to the foundation, in 1908, of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, to bring together free men and women, for the purposes of charity, benevolence, education and social interaction.

Membership is open to all Freemen of the City of London, regardless of nationality, gender or religion, and our membership is drawn from all over the world, bound by a common interest in the City of London and the welfare and education of its citizens.

In 2008 the Guild was 100 years old, and during this year the Guild celebrated its Centenary, with Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal as the Centenary Master. Although the Guild is a fairly young organization, particularly when compared with many of the City's Livery Companies, the Guild nevertheless is steeped in the mediaeval traditions of Freemen and trade societies set up for mutual support and protection

On this site you can find information about our organisation, our charitable activities and social and educational events for our members.

We are also list forthcoming City events, please login to our Members' area for details.

Photos taken by the Guild photographer, Peter Holland, at Guild events can be viewed and ordered through this website. Please see the photo galleries for details.

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Our Members

""Forman's Smokery Visit
"That was a fabulous visit" - Ms. A.L.
"We wanted to say thank you for arranging  such a lovely event. We had a great time and something we would probably never have done on our own account" - Ms F.P.
"Just a line to say thanks to everybody for a most enjoyable and instructive outing today. Please pass on my thanks to the Master; it was a splendid way to launch his year of office!" - Mr R.B.

 

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Annual Service 2018

Published - Thursday 3rd May 2018

The Master was delighted that the Dean of St Paul's The Very Revd Dr David Ison conducted the Guild's Annual Service......continue reading

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Supper & World of Faberge

Published - Thursday 3rd May 2018

The Master invited his good friend Sarah Faberge, great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Faberge the Russian jeweller, famous for his Faberge eggs, to......continue reading

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Master's Lunch and The Royal Collection - RAC Club

Published - Tuesday 24th April 2018

The Master, having a passion for all thing motoring, took 50 Guild members and their guests to the RAC club......continue reading

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