Great Hall

  • Great Hall

    Great Hall

    The medieval jewel in Guildhall's crown

  • Great Hall

    Great Hall

    The medieval jewel in Guildhall's crown

  • Great Hall

    Great Hall

    The medieval jewel in Guildhall's crown

  • Great Hall

    Great Hall

    The medieval jewel in Guildhall's crown

  • Great Hall

    Great Hall

    The medieval jewel in Guildhall's crown

  • Great Hall

    Great Hall

    The medieval jewel in Guildhall's crown

Guildhall's largest space, Great Hall is meant to impress

The spectacular setting for the annual Lord Mayor's Banquet since 1502, Great Hall is a vast space with soaring, high-arched ceiling and 5ft thick walls. Natural light floods in at each end through two huge, Gothic stained glass windows with the names of past Lord Mayors emblazoned on each side.

In between hang the banners of London's twelve great Livery Companies, and monuments to Britain's national heroes — Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill— line the walls. The colossal figures of London's legendary giants, Gog and Magog, said to have founded London, watch over proceedings.

With its distinctive and evocative features, Great Hall can be adapted to a variety of events, styles and numbers.

More about Great Hall


  • Taking place (almost) entirely in silence, each Lord Mayor takes office at the centuries-old Silent Ceremony held in Great Hall
  • Henry Fitz Ailwin was the first Lord Mayor of London in 1189, during the reign of King Richard I
  • The current and 689th Lord Mayor is Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley
  • A tablet on the wall recalls Great Hall's most significant trials for treason between 1548 and 1615, including Lady Jane Grey and Archbishop Cranmer
  • While the giants of Gog and Magog wear traditional costumes and weapons, the eagle on Magog's shield has been replaced by a phoenix, symbolising rebirth after fire
  • Great Hall still sees regular City governance - the Court of Common Council (the governing body of the City Corporation) meets every month and the Liverymen elect the new Lord Mayor each year

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