The Lord Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Big Curry

Thursday 7th April 2022

Get your tickets for the city's hottest event - raising funds to meet the current urgent need to support veterans of HM Armed Forces into employment

Created in 2007 and first taking place in 2008, The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch is the City of London's hottest annual event.

Be part of an incredible series of events that raise money to help those who have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As you know the 2021 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry became a series of virtual events and activities rather than our usual Lunch at Guildhall, due to Covid-19 restrictions in place this year. This series of online events and activities ran from March to May 2021. 

Despite the challenges that faced us we are extremely happy with the financial outcome.  As a result, we're able to support 18 veterans of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces take part in the Pain Management Programme at the King Edward VII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health. Beyond that, we raised enough money to help the three national service charities with their work in other areas of veteran employment.

The Virtual Lord Mayor's Big Curry raised £205,000


Our Online Raffle

12 great prizes

Beginning on 1st March 2021 and drawn on 21st May 2021 by the Lady Mayoress 

£10 a ticket.

Five Virtual Evenings With Well-Known Authors

 Authors include Professor Saul David, Tim Gosling, Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall, Sir Michael Palin, Alan Titchmarsh

Discussing and reading from their latest books

Each one hosted by a well-known journalist or writer

Interactive Q & A

Tuesday evenings in March to May 2021 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm

 Champagne Masterclass with Pol Roger

A masterclass with James Simpson MW on champagne, its history, the making process and the wines of Pol Roger

The evening of Thursday 17th March 2021 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm

Interactive Q & A Each one hosted by a well-known wine writer

The facility to pre-order the wines to be tasted


The Wines of Moueix

An evening with Edouard Moueix on the history and making of the wines of Moueix

The evening of Thursday 25th March 2021 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm

Interactive Q & A Each one hosted by a well-known wine writer

The facility to pre-order the wines to be tasted


Four Curry Cook-A-Longs With Celebrity Masterchefs

Chefs include Prue Leith, Matt Tebbutt and Cyrus Todiwala talking about and cooking curries with you

Leading wine experts Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW, Jane MacQuitty and Ollie Smith talking about what wine to pair with curry you cooked

The top mixologist from the Coq d’Argent showing you how to make the Lord Mayor’s and Lady Mayoress’s cocktails

Interactive Q & A Each one hosted by a well-known food or wine writer

The evenings of Tuesday 6th April, Thursday 22nd April and Thursday 6th May 2021 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm

The facility to pre-order a food and wine boxes


Our Amazing Online Auction

Over 60 prizes - including sporting events, holidays, UK ceremonial occasions, ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences and much more

Running from 1st March 2021 to 21st May 2021


It was with great sadness that in March 2020, the Co-Chairmen, the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Willam Russell and Mr Michael Hockney, in consultation with the Remembrancer, made the disappointing but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Lunch.

At that time, it was looking as if the 2020 Lunch might exceed the record sum raised at the 2019 Lunch. As a result of this, the Committee was quietly confident that we might well exceed the 2019  record sum of £250,000 to hand over to the three national service charities for onward distribution to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

Despite the unfortunate turn of events as the Covid-19 virus struck the UK and we were forced to cancel the 2020 Lunch. We are truly grateful to the generosity of our 2020 Sponsors and the Livery Companies and Ward Clubs, which has meant the Co-Chairmen were able to announce that we had sufficient funds to be able to commit to funding up to eighteen veterans on the PMP. This was one of our principal ambitions for the 2020 LMBCL. That’s eighteen veterans who will now be able to go on the PMP in the coming months; the impact on them and on their families will be truly transformational.

In total £168,000 was raised, which meant that we were able to support the three service charities in their work in supporting veterans into employment.




1) Garden Launch 

2) Lord Mayor's Reception 

[Pol-Roger sponsors]