City Livery Club

The City Livery Club
Founded 1914
Home Page www.cityliveryclub.com
Address Bell Wharf Lane, Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3TB
Clubhouse occupied since 2010
Club established for The City
Club motto Uniting the Livery, promoting fellowship

The City Livery Club is a Members-only Club located in London, which was established in June 1914. It is currently based at Bell Wharf Lane, Upper Thames Street, in the City of London on a site by Southwark Bridge which overlooks the River Thames.

The Club was founded "to bind together in one organization liverymen of the various guilds in the bond of civic spirit, in service to the Ancient Corporation and in the maintenance of the priceless City Churches," and serves primarily as a social and lunching club for those working in the City. While membership was originally open only to Liverymen of the City of London, it has since grown to include Liverymen and Freemen of City Livery Companies, as well as assorted categories of Associate Membership. The incumbent Lord Mayor of London is automatically elected Patron of the Club.

It has led something of a peripatetic existence, occupying the Royal de Keyser Hotel on the Victoria Embankment from 1914 to 1923. It then moved to Williamson's Hotel on Bow Lane, Cheapside until 1927, when it moved to the Chapter House in St Paul's Churchyard. This site was bombed during the Blitz in 1940, and temporary lodgings were occupied in Butcher's Hall, Bartholomew's Close between 1941 and 1944 until that to was bombed. Its postwar situation was somewhat more permanent, with the 1944 move to Sion College on the Victoria Embankment. The 1996 closure of much of the college meant that new premises had to be found in the Insurance Hall, Aldermanbury, and the Club moved again to the Baltic Exchange at St Mary Axe in 2003. The Club is now based in the premises of the Little Ship Club by Southwark Bridge and overlooking the Thames.

References

  • Anthony Lejeune, The Gentlemen's Clubs of London (Macdonald and Jane's, London, 1979) pp. 102–3

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