Fishmongers' Hall, London Bridge, EC4R 9EL

Price: £25 per person (Members Only)

Numbered amongst the ‘Great Twelve’ of the City of London’s 110 livery companies, the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers records an unbroken existence for over 700 years, although it likely predates its first Royal Charter of 1272. The Company’s wealth and influence reached its height in the Middle Ages when it had the power to convene its own court of law; however, it remains integral to the monitoring of salmon and fresh water fishing as well as shellfish catching throughout UK waters today.

Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will enjoy an exclusive tour of one of the capital’s most ancient City Guilds. With a glorious riverside location and spectacular architecture, Fishmongers’ Hall has a fascinating heritage. Destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, rebuilt twice in subsequent years, then devastated during World War II, the Hall has now been restored to its original magnificence.

The current ‘Fish Hall’, which opened in 1834, was designed by Henry Roberts from drawings by his assistant Sir Gilbert Scott and restored by Austen Hall after damage during the Blitz. The interior contains a wealth of treasures, including 17th and 18th century silver, an exquisite 15th century embroidered funeral pall, paintings by George Romney and Samuel Scott and the dagger with which Lord Mayor William Walworth killed Wat Tyler – the leader of the Peasant’s Revolt – in 1381.

Join this tour to gain fascinating insights into the Hall’s history as you visit the Court Room – where refreshments will be served, Fish Passage, the Banqueting Hall, the Court Dining Room and the Court Drawing Room.

Tickets for this event are available exclusively to Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and their guests, to book tickets or to become a member call our Membership Officer on 020 7881 5516.

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