The Guild is very privileged to offer its members the opportunity to take an active part in the City of London’s Livery Calendar. The extensive programme of events changes year on year to reflect the Master’s theme and Livery Company. Please find below the details of our events for the coming year along with booking links:

Events Programme 2022 – 2023

June 2022

Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
9:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday 25th June 2022

The Inter-Livery Cask Race is an exciting new event run by the Coopers' Company, where teams from across the Livery will race off to be crowned cask race champions. Participating teams of four persons will roll barrels provided by Hook Norton Brewery in Guildhall Yard in heats, before a thrilling race for the crown. Entries will raise money towards the Coopers' Charity, primarily supporting those in hardship in Greater London and Surrey.

Members of the Guild will act as marshalls on the day, assisting the Coopers in organisating participants and spectators. The role of the marshalls is vital to the success of the event, so members can be assured of a rewarding day of charity work at this new inter-livery competition.

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The Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD
7:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday 30th June 2022

Join other members of the Guild for an informal evening of drinks and welcome newly admitted members to the Guild family. Booking is not required for our informal drinks, and prospective members/guests are more than welcome to attend.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
Tickets are not required for this event.

July 2022

Horse Guards Parade, London W1D 5BR
6:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday 5th July 2022

Join other members of the Guild to watch 'The Sword & The Crown - a Military Musical Spectacular': a new setting of the annual Household Division Beating Retreat on the parade grounds at Horse Guards. Featuring the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company, the Band of the Royal Yeomanry, The Pipes & Drums of the London Scottish Regiment, and the Corps of Drums of The Honourable Artillery Company, this will be an evening of military pomp and precision not to be missed!

The dress code for this event is jacket and tie for gentlemen and an equivalent level of formality for ladies (smart dress or separates); no jeans or sports shoes.

Please Note: we have limited tickets for this event, so they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If we are unable to provide you with a ticket you will not be charged.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
12:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday 7th July 2022

The City Music Foundation hosts this celebration of beer, music, and food to support gifted musicians in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Brewers, with proceeds going to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

For full details please visit the City Beerfest Website

Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ
6:45pm for 7:30pm till late, Friday 8th July 2022

This year's Annual Banquet will be held at Apothecaries' Hall by kind permission of the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries - we expect tickets will sell out fast for this event so book early to avoid disappointment.

The evening will consist of a drinks reception, followed by a sumptuous 3 course dinner with wines, port, coffee, and chocolates. The dress code is black tie with livery badges and decorations, national dress, or mess dress for serving officers. As with all Guild banquets, the evening is open to partners and guests. We encourage all our livery guests to wear their Livery Badges and other decorations.

For those who have never been to a City dinner before and are unfamiliar with some of the traditions, we encourage you to take a look at this page on our website for a handy guide: https://youngfreemen.org/a-beginners-guide-to-attending-a-banquet/

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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The Church Gardens of St. Michael's Cornhill, London EC3V 9DS
1:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday 30th July 2022

Join other members of the Guild at our annual garden party in the grounds of the Guild's church, with a guest judge from the Bakers’ Company for the charity bake-off. Lawn games and Pimms accompany this relaxing event, alongside the hotly anticipated bake-off.

Entries to the competition are £5.00 per entry with all proceeds going directly to the Guild's Charity.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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August 2022

The Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD
7:00pm - 8:00pm, Wednesday 10th August 2022

Join other members of the Guild for an informal evening of drinks and welcome newly admitted members to the Guild family. Booking is not required for our informal drinks, and prospective members/guests are more than welcome to attend.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
Tickets are not required for this event.

September 2022

Fishmongers' Hall, 110 Upper Thames St., London EC4R 3TJ
8:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday 25th September 2022

The Sheep Drive is a major City event involving some 600+ Freemen of the City of London crossing the bridge with their sheep, raising tens of thousands of pounds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the Woolmens' Charitable Trust, and the Guild has a vital part to play in this event. As marshals the Young Freemen will be the public face of the Sheep Drive, leading people across the bridge, dressed in their scarlet robes. Coverage of the event is global with images syndicated across the world.

Please note, for those who have not attended a Sheep Drive before or are bringing guests: participation in this event is as a volunteer marshall, rather than to do a single drive. You (and your guests) will be expected to volunteer for the full duration of the event. Tickets for drive bookings can be made on the official Sheep Drive website: https://sheepdrive.london/

The event is free for Young Freemen and their guests, and includes breakfast and a hot lunch. A standout event in our year, this event is truly one of a kind and not to be missed.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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October 2022

City University Club, 42 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AP
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Thursday 27th October 2022

The Guild is delighted to join the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers at the City University Club for an evening reception, and the next of our in-person Meet the Livery events. Tracing their Company back to the seventeeth century, the Needlemakers' have a fascinating history and an equally bright future ahead. Members and their guests will hear from several speakers for what promises to be a fascinating evening. Nibbles and wine will be provided.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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November 2022

The Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD
7:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday 3rd November 2022

Join other members of the Guild for an informal evening of drinks and welcome newly admitted members to the Guild family. Booking is not required for our informal drinks, and prospective members/guests are more than welcome to attend.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
Tickets are not required for this event.

The Vestry of St. Michael's Cornhill, London EC3V 9DS
8:30am breakfast for 9:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 12th November 2022

The Lord Mayor’s Show is the world’s oldest civic procession and the Guild is very privileged to play such a prominent role by escorting the giant statues of Gog and Magog, the ancient defenders of the City, under the watchful eye of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

The day will begin with an early breakfast in the Vestry of St Michael's Cornhill (8:30am sharp), after which members and guests will robe and make their way to the float for the Procession which will pause on the Embankment for some much needed libation around midday, before returning to the Guildhall where the Giants are displayed. After this, there will be an opportunity to watch the end of the parade whilst we make our way back to the vestry to deposit robes before rounding off what is expected to be a superb day with a two-course hot buffet and drinks reception at the City University Club.

Tickets include breakfast, entry to the parade (which includes a light lunch at Embankment), as well as a two-course buffet with wine at the reception. Places are limited owing to the unprecedented size of the procession and demand for tickets, so do please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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December 2022

St. Michael's Cornhill, London EC3V 9DS
6:00pm - 7:00pm followed by drinks, Tuesday 6th December 2022

The final event of 2022; the service will commence at 6:00pm in the Guild church, St Michael's Cornhill, and will conclude at 7:00pm with mulled wine and mince pies. The Master will deliver a traditional reading along with other City dignitaries, with the wonderful church choir singing a selection of carols.

The service will be followed by a drinks reception at the Counting House next door, with nibbles and drink provided for members and their guests. We very much hope that you will be able join us to celebrate Christmas and our last event of the calendar year in the festive good cheer only Young Freemen know!

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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January 2023

Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
2:00pm - 3:30pm, Saturday 28th January 2023

To welcome our members into the New Year and to catch up on each of your festive frolics, we hope you will join the Master in having a thoroughly enlightening private tour of a City gem, the historic Guildhall. Many of you will have, no doubt, seen the Chamberlain's Court at your Freedom ceremony - but this will be an opportunity to see behind the scenes of parts of the Guildhall not normally available to the public.

Following the 90-minute guided tour and ample viewing opportunity for exploring further individual interests, plans are to extend the afternoon discussions in a local bar. For members who are observing dry-January this will also be an ideal opportunity to enjoy a few non-alcoholic cocktails or saintly beverages.

Please note: as we have a limited number of tickets for this tour you will be notified if a ticket has been allocated to you, or if you are on the waiting list.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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February 2023

Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD
6:30pm for 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday 6th February 2023

The Guild of Young Freemen invite you to join us for an evening of tremendously fun and friendly competition at the annual Young Livery Inter-Livery Quiz. All proceeds will be donated to the Company charity of the winning team, or a charity of their choice if their Company/Guild does not have an official charity.

Teams of up to six will battle for quizzing domination in a professionally run quiz by Quiz Coconut, competing for the ultimate prize of fame and glory. With the kind permission of the Worshipful Company of Stationers, we will once again be in a City Livery Hall for this highlight of the Young Inter-Livery year.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please note: you must be a member of a Livery Company or Guild to attend this event.
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March 2023

St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD
11:00am for 11:30am - 12:30pm, Friday 24th March 2023

The annual service celebrating the Guilds' and Liveries' contribution to the City, with a colourful procession of Masters and the Lord Mayor in State; a truly memorable event. First run at the suggestion of the Liveries after the Blitz it was hoped that the pageantry of the City would lift the spirits of the people, and the service has become a yearly fixture ever since.

Those attending will be loaned ceremonial robes for the occasion. This service provides an incredible opportunity to see St. Paul's Cathedral in action with it's superb organ and choir. Due to the limited provision of tickets we encourage you to book early to ensure your place.

This event is only open to Members of the Guild of Young Freemen.
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April 2023

SEC Newgate, 14 Greville St, London EC1N 8SB
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Wednesday 19th April 2023

The Guild is delighted to join the Company of Communicators at the offices of their Master for an evening reception, and the next of our in-person Meet the Livery events.

The Communicators' are currently a Company Without Livery, and are a 'Modern' Company. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about the newest companies, and what it takes to become a Livery Company. Members and their guests will hear from several speakers for what promises to be a fascinating evening. Nibbles and wine will be provided.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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