Carol Service and Drinks

St Mary-Le-Bow Cheapside, London

This years service will be held in St Mary le Bow Church, off Cheapside with led by the Choristers from the Bread Street Choir of St Paul's Cathedral School. The church is of Saxon origins, with a Norman crypt, that was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 by Sir Christopher Wren. It was badly bombed from enemy aircraft during the Blitz in 1941, and restored between 1956-1964. The sound of the bells of St Mary's is prominent in the story of Dick Whittington in which the bells are credited with having persuaded him to turn back from Highgate and remain in London to become Lord Mayor. Traditionally, people living within earshot of Bow Bells are considered to be "Cockney”. The church itself is beautiful inside as well as light, airy and a perfect setting for the annual Carol Service, which for many members marks the real start of the festive season. After the service, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy drinks and canapes in the stunning, ancient crypts below the church. A lovely opportunity to enjoy some festive music and celebrate the season with fellow Livery Company members. Tickets go on sale shortly, so put this date in your diary.

Winter Dinner

Drapers' Hall Throgmorton Avenue, London

The Annual Winter Dinner follows a court meeting and is an opportunity for the whole Livery Company to come together for a Black Tie dinner in a beautiful City venue.   Set beneath the dramatic ceiling paintings, depicting Shakespearean scenes by 19th Century artist Herbert Draper, the Livery Hall is one of the City's finest event spaces. Having been used in films as a double for Buckingham Palace, the room displays the Drapers’ Company’s collection of royal portraits and some of the larger pieces from its silver collection. The speaker for the evening will be the famous and famously frank, Jon Moulton, who will regale us with tales of his life as a venture capitalist and maybe share a few tips on successful investing.   Tickets go on sale shortly.