The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

Thursday 30th March 2023

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 His Majesty's Armed Forces.

Buy your ticket to the lunch here 

11.45 pm - The Lunch opens

Sponsor and Ticket Package guests arrive at Guildhall through the private entrance in Basinghall Street.

Drinks are available in the reception area in the Livery Hall, where a complimentary glass of champagne is served. Drinks are also available from the free bars, serving beer, wine and soft drinks.

For individual guests and smaller groups, enter Guildhall through the Art Gallery entrance and make their way to the Old Library for drinks, either at the free bars or from the Champagne and Cocktails bars.

There are many activities at the Lunch where guests can:

  • Bid in the Silent Auction
  • Take part in the Prize Draw
  • Visit the ‘Diamond and Champagne’ and ‘Watch and Cocktail’ bars for the chance to win a diamond necklace or a British handmade bespoke watch

Lunch: three sittings

Lunch takes place for all guests in the Great Hall and food is served buffet-style; seating is unreserved, so guests can  meet and network with others

12.30 pm: First sitting begins

1.15 pm: Second sitting begins (SOLD OUT)

2.00 pm: Third sitting begins


Once guests finish lunch in the Great Hall they are welcome to explore all the special extras offered throughout Guildhall. These include:

  • In the South Ambulatory, there are Livery Stalls selling a range of items, including flowers, fresh fruit, and baker goods. Also the three Charity's merchandise stalls and well-known authors signing their books.
  • Coffee and chocolates are available for all guests in the Print Room. The free bars in the Livery Hall and Old Library reception areas remain open for all guests.
  • Continue bidding in the Silent Auction.
  • Take part in the Prize Draw.
  • Re-visit the ‘Diamond and Champagne’ or ‘Watch and Cocktail’ bar for the chance to win a diamond necklace or a British handmade bespoke watch.
  • Enjoy the commemorative garden in Guildhall Yard, designed by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
  • Meet the In-Pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea as they collect donations at each exit to Guildhall.

2.45 pm Prizes are drawn in the Old Library for the ‘Diamond and Champagne’ and ‘Watch and Cocktail’ bar raffles by the Lady Mayoress

3.00 pm The Lunch closes