Membership

Eligibility

All Freemen of the City of London are eligible to apply for membership of the Guild (please note that Freedom of the City is granted only by the City of London )

To join the Guild, applicants must already be Freemen of the City of London.

The object of the Guild is to bring together Freemen of the City of London for the purpose of Charity, Benevolence, Education and Social Activities. A prestigious journal, “The Freeman”, sent to all members in April each year (or on joining), includes reports on the previous year’s activities and gives details of the forthcoming year’s programme. The Guild’s programme of events ranges from historical evenings, dinners and receptions in historic locations, to an Annual Banquet with the Lord Mayor at Guildhall and an Annual Service in the City. The programme affords members and their guests the opportunity to meet fellow Freemen and to visit places not generally accessible to the public. Visits are arranged privately, with experts on hand to explain surroundings and history. Members have no obligations with regard to the programme. They may apply to attend any of the functions which are of interest, either on their own or with guests.  Members of the Guild are also eligible to apply for membership of the City Livery Club and the City Livery Yacht Club.

Membership applications are considered by the Court of Assistants every 2 weeks. Successful applicants are invited to a subsequent Court Meeting to participate in the Ceremony of the Loving Cup and to receive their Warrants of Membership; they can participate in Guild activities as soon as their application is approved.

Our Members

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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
"Just a line to say how much we enjoyed the dinner last night, super seat thank you! Please convey our thanks to the Master for a wonderful evening, superb food and company and thank him for all his events over the past year, we have had great times.
We now look forward to the next year, different venues and events." - Mr P.B.

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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