A private visit to the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London since 1752.
Walbrook, London EC4N 8BH (Underground stations Bank and Mansion House)
Arrive at 10:45 Dress code business
The visit offers a unique opportunity to see “behind the scenes” at the Mansion House.
The Lord Mayor is elected every year, and the current holder of the office is Charles Bowman – the 690th Lord Mayor. As Lord Mayor he is responsible for the City’s governmental, civic and, (as the chief magistrate of the City), judicial functions with its own court of law. Within the City (the “square mile”) only the Sovereign takes precedence over the Lord Mayor. Outside the City his status is equal to that of a Cabinet Minister. During his year in office the Lord Mayor is an international ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services sector.
The tour includes the fabulous gold and silver plate in the Plate Room which is one of the finest collections in the world. It houses the Pearl Sword which according to legend was used by Elizabeth I at the opening of the first Royal Exchange in 1571, the Fire Cup of 1662 the only example of City of London plate to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Sword and Mace used on ceremonial occasions. You will also see the priceless art collection and the famous Egyptian Banqueting Hall, although there is nothing Egyptian about the decoration. Whilst having coffee you can admire the Harold Samuel Collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings dating from the 17th century.
The Cadogan Hall have agreed to act as our Box Office, and you can book by phone on 0207-730-4500 or send a cheque for £12 payable to Cadogan Hall, or book in person at their Box Office at Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ during office hours Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 6.00. There is a small charge for card payments. Tickets are not available online.
Numbers are limited, so please book early