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The Master arranged a day out at the Mansion House, the home of the Lord Mayor of the City of London. In the morning we had a private tour of the magnificent Palladian Grade 1 listed building, taking in the Drawing rooms, Long Parlour and the sumptuous Egyptian Hall. The tour concluded with a visit to the plate room where we were in awe of one of the largest and finest gold and silver plate collections in the world, including the Sword and Mace - symbols of the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation's authority.
In the afternoon we were joined by guides from the Guildhall Art Gallery who selected their favourites from the Harold Samuel collection of Dutch and Flemish 17th century paintings that are displayed in the house. We learned how to "read" a painting and had a real insight into 17th century life as painted by the likes of Brueghel and Frans Hals. Now - do you know about the fireplace in the gent's loo at Mansion House? No? Ah well, you'll have to join us another time to find out...

Photos, courtesy of Peter Holland Photography, can be found here https://www.guild-freemen-london.co.uk/gallery/home/mansion-house-tours-lunch-at-browns-brasserie

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Annual Banquet at Guildhall

"A veritable tour de force; stunning atmosphere, seriously impressive food and a funny judge..what’s not to like!
Well done everyone" - Mrs J.D.

"A triumph" - Mr A.W."

"..a brilliant evening at Guildhall last night. The event was spectacular and we, our guests and everyone around us enjoyed it tremendously. A great highlight of a fantastic year" - Mr J.H.

"A magnificent evening was had by all" - Mr K.B.

"It really was the most wonderful and unforgettable evening " - Mrs K.J.

"It was a great privilege to be present of Friday evening on such a splendid occasion.  What a truly stunning and memorable evening. The organisation, the pageantry and the attention to detail was remarkable. A and I enjoyed it all enormously" - C H.C.


Master's Final Dinner at Fishmongers' Hall
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We now look forward to the next year, different venues and events." - Mr P.B.

Reception and Supper at Grocers' Hall
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"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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