Open House Festival

Ancient Livery Companies in the City of London


Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, EC2V 7HH

On this walk we shall discover some of the livery companies, learn about their ancient traditions and ceremonies, which are repeated every year. Also hear about their important role in the City. Free walks led by City of London Guides

Getting there


Bank, Moorgate, St. Paul's


Cannon Street


11, 21, 76, 141



Accessibility notes

Please note: This is a walking tour; during this tour there are some uneven surfaces and steps.


Ancient Livery Companies of the City of London

There are over 100 livery companies in the City, comprising London's ancient and modern trade associations and guilds. These livery companies play a significant part in the life of the City of London, providing charitable-giving, supporting trade, education, charity and fellowship, Liverymen retain voting rights for the senior civic offices, such as the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs.

About the City of London

The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is the financial district of London. It has been a centre for settlement, trade, commerce and ceremony since the Roman period, producing a unique historic environment of exceptional richness and significance. Only around 8000 residents live in just over one square mile. On weekdays more than half a million people work in the City. Additionally, it has 10m annual visitors. The City boundaries stretch from Temple to the Tower of London, on the River Thames including, from west to east Chancery Lane and Liverpool Street

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