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Our administrative body is known as the Court of Assistants, and since 1942 our Headquarters has been in Tallow Chandlers' Hall, where we hold our regular Court meetings, AGM and Installation ceremony as well as a number of social events.

Our membership limit is set at 3500 and this makes us the largest organisation of its kind in the City of London.

We have close relationships with other Guilds and Livery Companies in the UK and North America, and with the Corporation of London.  The Lord Mayor honours us as our Patron during his year in office.

We are a very active Guild, providing a programme of around 30 events each year.

The responsibility for the administration and activities of the Guild rests with the Master and Wardens, who hold office for one year, and the Court of Assistants, which includes Past Masters, Court Assistants and Guild Assistants. The Court meets 5 times a year to manage the Guild's business and to admit and welcome new members.

The Guild is a Company Limited by guarantee without share capital, with Company Number 109150. Members of the Court who are below the age of 80 are Directors of the company. You can read our Articles of Association here.



The Court of Assistants has set up a number of Committees to attend to the detailed affairs of the Guild:

  • The Past Masters' Committee is responsible for defining the Guild's policies and for providing medium and long term strategic direction.
  • The Court Nominations' Committee reports to the Past Masters' Committee, the Board and the Finance and General Purposes Committee. It is responsible for recommending Guild members for election to serve on the Court, and Court members to fill the appointments of Master and Wardens. It is also responsible for making recommendations regarding the appointment of Guild employees.
  • The Finance & General Purposes Committee is responsible for the Guild's financial affairs.
  • The Membership Committee is responsible for the recruitment and retention of members.
  • The Investment Sub Committee is appointed by the Finance Committee to look after the Guild's investments and reserves.
  • The Editorial Committee is responsible for the publication of the Guild's annual journal 'The Freeman'.
  • The Advertising Committee is responsible for securing advertising to support the Guild's publications.

Drawing on the recommendations of the Past Masters' Committee, the Court of Assistants also appoints members of the Court to serve as Trustees to the Guild of Freemen of the City of London's Charity (formerly The Guild of Freemen Benevolent Fund) and to the British Humane Association.

Our Members

""Reception and Supper at Grocers' Hall
"My guests and I really really enjoyed the Ceremony and the dinner at Grocers’ Hall last evening, I am still on a high with sheer pleasure, you, everyone there so kind and welcoming". Mrs A R

"It was good to meet you at last and on such an excellent evening in one of the nicest Livery Halls in the City.  Thank you for making it such a special evening for M and me.   It was so well organised and enjoyable.   The food was first class and the company good as well". Mr D B

RNLI Demonstration and Supper at the Little Ship Club

"Thank you SO much for arranging a most enjoyable evening. Once again, I was able to catch up on friends and make new acquantainces - all thanks to you for the excellent place settings.  The weather was kind to us, the food was amazing and everybody around our table was very happy with the service and the meal."  Ms V H

"Following the interesting demonstration Guild Members and their guests retired back inside the Little Ship Club for a stunning two-course supper with some excellent wine and tremendous companionship discussing the RNLI’s great work being achieved on the tidal Thames.​" Mr D K


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Admissions Ceremony 23rd January 2019

Published - Friday 25th January 2019

The Master was delighted to welcome 14 new members to the Guild at their Joining and Welcoming Ceremony at Tallow......continue reading

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Reception and Dinner Vintners' Hall

Published - Wednesday 23rd January 2019

The Master and his guests, Sir Neil and Lady Thorne, welcomed 72 Guild members and their guests to the first......continue reading

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Carol Service at St Vedast alias Foster and Reception at Dion

Published - Tuesday 18th December 2018

The Guild’s Annual Carol Service was held in the Church of St Vedast alias Foster and more than 80 members......continue reading

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