Despite its updated look and facilities, Butchers’ Hall has a history dating back to 975AD, with the location having moved several times over those years and most recently being refurbished in 2019. From the crystal chandeliers in The Great Hall and modern finishes in the Reception Room to the elegant Mezzanine and exclusive terrace, planning a memorable event at Butchers’ Hall is made easier thanks to its versatility.
The versatile venue, just a stone’s throw away from St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Museum of London and Smithfield Market, is bringing culture and history together. If you aren’t phased by a short walk, Butchers’ Hall is nearest to the St Paul’s and Barbican Tube stations. And, if you prefer taking the bus, hop off at Little Britain or the Museum of London (Stop BD).
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Butchers’ Hall
1. One of the oldest City of London Livery Companies
The Worshipful Company of Butchers follows the motto “Omnia Subjecisti Sub Pedibus, Oves et Boves” which translates into “Thou hast put all things under his feet, all Sheep and Oxen”. And it has been following this motto since its formation in 975 AD. The Company is one of the oldest of 110 City of London Livery companies. It has found its home in several locations across the city during its time, but found its place at Butchers’ Hall and was originally opened by the Bishop of London.
2. Multi-million pound refurbishment
Built in 1960, Butchers’ Hall closed in 2015 to undergo an extensive, and costly, refurbishment. Designed by an award-winning team from Architects dMFK, the work involved a complete internal renovation without sacrificing the significant, original features of the building. Accessibility was improved thanks to the addition of two new lifts, and the historic hall gained breathtaking views thanks to the rooftop garden.
3. Ties to royalty
In March 1976, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother was named an Honorary Freeman of the Company. She would often lunch with The Court and took an active interest in “Her Butchers”. Following the death of The Queen Mother, HRH The Princess Royal was admitted as an Honorary Freeman of The Company and, like her grandmother, takes a constant interest in The Company.
What can you do at Butchers’ Hall?
Book your seat at one of Butchers’ Hall’s carvery luncheons at 87 Barts Close. While absorbing the beautiful surroundings, you can enjoy a three-course meal, with the roast beef proving to be the main attraction. What’s more, you can make a reservation through their official website for one of the set dates.
As well as Butchers’ Hall’s famous carvery lunches and the annual Ladies’ Banquet, it’s home to an array of more City Livery events and societies. Liverymen come together through a number of societies, including shooting, golfing, poker, and a car driver’s club. Members enjoy a sense of fellowship while on different shooting grounds or fighting for the Prince Arthur Cup.
Butchers’ Hall offers a meeting place for Liverymen, but it also provides the setting for weddings and corporate events. This impressive venue has also hosted a series of Candlelight concerts. Candlelight invites everyone to listen to some of their favourite music in a new light surrounded by hundreds of flickering candles, and it is taking place at several stunning venues across the city.