Drinks will be held in the East & West Crypts: The crypts lie immediately beneath the Great Hall, in the oldest parts of Guildhall. Dating back to Edward the Confessor (1042) and divided into two rooms, the East and West Crypts are individually breath-taking and yet completely different in style. The East Crypt survived the Great Fire and boasts a stunning vaulted ceiling decorated with carved bosses of heads, shields and flowers resting upon stone and marble pillars. The West Crypt, believed to date from the thirteenth century, was completely sealed off after collapsing under the weight of Great Hall’s fallen roof in 1666. It was reopened in 1973, following extensive restoration.
Dinner will be held in the Great Hall: The spectacular setting for the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet since 1502. The 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.