Patron: The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor

The City Livery Club was founded in 1914 and is privileged to count the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor as Patron, and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Royal as Honorary Members. The Club offers a private daytime Club for Liverymen and members of related City organisations where they can meet, dine, and exchange views in comfortable premises overlooking the Thames. The Club premises are within easy walk of Bank, Mansion House and Cannon Street stations.

The Club also provides a broad programme of events both formal and informal, with various interests represented by Sections for History & Antiques, Investments, Motoring, Music, Wine, Golf, Aero, Photography, Under 40s and Women in the Livery. The City Face2Face events are informal discussions with City movers and shakers followed by a lunch.

The Club has a number of reciprocal arrangements with other Clubs in the UK and abroad.

Rabbi Helen Freeman gives the principal speech at the Installation Dinner, November 2019

photo credit Mark Fox

Tour of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir, February 2020

The Mandir was built in just three years, by volunteers, and has its 25th anniversary in 2020.

 We are pround to sponsor a taxi in the Hackney Carriage Livery’s annual Magical Taxi Tour taking sick children to Disneyland Paris



The Club is monitoring the Government’s information and advice at Covid-19 regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.  In the interests of the safety and health of all members, our events due on or before 6 July 2020 have been cancelled, and we are emailing members regularly with news and virtual events.  The Little Ship Club has closed the premises for the time being. Further updates will be posted here regarding the reopening of the premises, and of the City University Club, as soon as the information is available. More detailed updates for members will be posted on the members’ home page. Please contact the clerk at if you require a reminder re the password.  The Club’s office is also closed and the Clerk can be reached on Tuesdays – Fridays 09:00 – 04:30 on 07808 646936.

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 2018-October 2019, The Liveryman 2018/19

All Liverymen are welcome to book fish & chips lunch in the restaurant on Fridays.

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

The next deadline for applications is 30 June 2020. For more information see the membership page.


Restaurant bookings: tables cannot be booked while the club is closed. Once it re-opens, members may reserve a table here (via the Little Ship Club’s website), or you can ring 020 7248 2800.

Telephone: 020 7248  0620