The City Livery Club was founded in 1914 and is privileged to count the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor as Patron and HRH The Princess Royal as an Honorary Member. His late Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was also an Honorary Member. The Club offers a private daytime Club for Liverymen and members of related City organisations where they can meet, dine, and exchange views in heritage premises close to the Tower of London and within easy distance of Mansion House and Guildhall.

The Club also provides a broad programme of events both formal and informal, with various special interest “Sections” for History & Antiques, Investments, Motoring, Music, Wine, Golf, Aero, Photography, Under 40s and Women in the Livery.

A series of “City Face2Face talks” by VIPs e.g. both our current Sheriffs are informal discussions with City movers and shakers.

The Club has a number of reciprocal arrangements with other fine Clubs in London, across the UK and around the world.

Due to the pandemic, members are presently enjoying a range of virtual events e.g.  May 20th, 2021: Gin Tasting with Stephen Marsh of Pinksters Gin, organised by Debbie Johnson, our Assistant Clerk:


The Club reopened for dining on 17th May. Please reserve tables for lunch on weekdays, or for dinner from 6pm on Thursdays only, in advance via Hasita as usual on or via 020 7167 6682. The Events Programme page in the Members area shows our forthcoming virtual events, and any of those of the City University Club that they notify us about.

Our part-time Clerk, Steven Wilson, can be reached on Tuesdays – Fridays 09:00 –  16:30 on 07808 646936 and in accordance with HMG instructions is working from home at present. Debbie Johnson, Assistant Clerk is also working from home, her working hours each week are: Monday 09:00 – 16:30 and Tuesday 09:00-14:00 each week. She is is available via or 07519 703404

HRH The Princess Royal presents Tom Ilube CBE with the inaugural Root and Branch Award in 2014

©Clive Totman 2014

City Livery Club Annual Root and Branch Award 2020

We are pleased to announce that in this exceptional year the City Livery Club will grant the Root and Branch 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to HRH The Princess Royal.

Whilst the general Award this year has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Club is keen to honour the work of The Princess Royal over her lifetime of engagement with the City Livery Companies.  She had indicated her willingness to receive the Award prior to the current outbreak. We are therefore announcing this now by way of celebration of her work over 35 years.

The Princess Royal is a member or honorary member of no less than 11 City Livery Companies and has served as Master or Prime Warden of 9 of them. There has been a momentous acclaim from them to support her being honoured in this way.  Her “Mother Company” is the Farriers where she became the second only female Master of any Livery in 1984/5. Since then she has served as Master of the Carmen,  Loriners, Woolmen, Farmers, Master Mariners, Butchers, Saddlers and most recently as  Prime Warden of the Fishmongers in 2017/8.

The accolades given to her include comments that she was extremely conscientious and a no nonsense leader. Without exception she has remained closely in touch with these companies, continuing an active engagement in their work and attending events to celebrate anniversaries or present prizes. She has spoken of her  admiration for the way that the Livery bridge the gap between traditional skills and business.

For more information about the Club’s activities please see our annual review covering November 2019-October 2020,City Livery Annual Review 19-20_Hyperlinks

For a complete list of Livery Companies, and plenty of information about the Companies and the City Civic, please see: 

The next deadline for applications is 31 March 2021. For more information see the membership page.


Dining Room bookings: when the Clubhouse can reopen, suitably socially distanced tables can now be booked at our new premises at the City University Club. Please call 020 7863 6689 or email  to make a reservation or for further advice.

Telephone: 020 7248  0620