The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

On Thursday 4th April we saw over 1,300 guests arrive at Guildhall to enjoy a day packed with curry, silent auctions and prize draws, all in support of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

HRH The Duke of Sussex, who was this year’s Royal Guest of Honour, made a return visit to the Lunch this year after his appearance in 2016. The Duke was a delight to host and he spent his time talking with our beneficiaries and interacting with others around him.

We are pleased to announce that this year, the 12th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch, has raised an impressive £250,000. This milestone year brings the total amount raised since 2008 to more than an incredible £2.1 million. This is only the third time we’ve raised over £200,000 since it’s inception, the biggest year before being in 2016 when we raised £217,000.

The Lunch unites the City of London to show their support for members of her Majesty’s Armed Forces and Veterans through the three National Service Charities; ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The 2019, 2020 and 2021 Lunches will link with the Civic and Mayoral theme of employment and employability. As part of our giving we will provide financial support for veterans to take part in a Pain Management Programme at King Edward VII’s Hospital Centre for Veterans’ Health. This will assist with their transition into permanent, sustainable civilian employment. King Edward VII’s Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health has developed – and tested – a six-month long Pain Management Programme specifically for veterans.

The 2020 Lunch will be on 2nd April 2020 (subject to the Lord May’s diary commitments). To register your interest and to hear more sign up here.

Partners of The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity works in association with the other two national service charities, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines CharityRoyal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Silent Auction

The silent auction is now closed.

Bidding will resume at the live event on the Thursday 4th April for event attendees only.

Givery Silent Auction Tablet
An attendee at The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch places a bid on the silent auction

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Livery Companies

We are delighted to have been supported by the Livery Companies below.

The Worshipful Company of Actuaries The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars The Worshipful Company of Bakers The Worshipful Company of Barbers
The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers The Worshipful Company of Bowyers The Worshipful Company of Brewers The Worshipful Company of Broderers The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants
The Worshipful Company of Carpenters The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants The City Livery Club The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers The Worshipful Company of Constructors
The Worshipful Company of Curriers The Worshipful Company of Drapers The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
The Worshipful Company of Girdlers The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths The Worshipful Company of Grocers The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists The Worshipful Company of International Bankers The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers Worshipful Company of Marketors
The Worshipful Company of Mercers The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors The Worshipful Company of Musicians The Worshipful Company of Paviors The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers The Worshipful Company of Saddlers The Worshipful Company of Salters The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers The Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers
The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers The Worshipful Company of Turners The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers The Worshipful Company of Vintners
The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators The Worshipful Company of World Traders The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights The Watermen

Event sponsors

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Committee are very grateful to all of our past sponsors, and sponsors in-kind.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:

Major Sponsor


Associate Sponsor


Supporting Sponsor


Supporting sponsor


Sponsors In-Kind:

Noon Kerry Foods Private Cellar
Cobra Party Ingredients Coq d’Argent
Susannah Lovis Pinchbeck Gardeners
Capital Coffee Aramark Sodexo
City of London Club Country Life


Future Sponsors:

We are currently interested in hearing from companies and individuals who would be interested in sponsoring the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch. For more information on the different sponsorship packages available, please contact Polly Roberts at or on 0207 811 3202.

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Committee Membership 2019

We are very grateful to those on The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Committee for their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm.

2019 Committee Chairmen

  • The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Peter Estlin
  • Mr Michael Hockney

Vice Patrons

  • Sir David Lewis
  • Alderman Nick Anstee
  • Sir Michael Bear
  • Alderman Sir David Wootton
  • Alderman Sir Roger Gifford
  • Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf
  • Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow
  • Alderman the Lord Mountevans
  • Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley
  • Alderman Charles Bowman


  • The Lady Mayoress Mrs Lindy Estlin
  • Alderman and Sheriff Vincent Keaveny
  • Sheriff The Hon. Elizabeth Green
  • Mrs Fiona Adler
  • Mr Jeremy Archer
  • Mr David Batchelor
  • Mrs Katherine Bathurst
  • Mr David Beard
  • Brigadier Greville Bibby
  • The Lady Bilimoria
  • Mr James Bromiley-Davis
  • Mr Donald Brydon
  • Lady Catherine Carleton-Smith
  • Mr Bob Carnell
  • Lady Carter
  • Mrs Caroline Cary
  • Field Marshal Sir John Chapple
  • Sir Trevor Chinn
  • Ms Sarah Clarke
  • Mr Rafe Clutton
  • Mr John Coombe-Tennant
  • Mr Peter Cooper
  • Sir Michael Craig-Cooper
  • Mr Tim Cramp
  • Mr Andrew Cross
  • Dr Tim Cutler
  • Colonel Jane Davis
  • Mrs Xenia Dennen
  • Mr David Duncan
  • Mr Duncan Dunn
  • Mr Richard Fleck
  • Mr William Fraser
  • Mrs Susie Freeman
  • Alderman John Garbutt
  • Mr Sean Gavin
  • Mr Andrew Gordon
  • Alderman Alison Gowman
  • Alderman Prem Goyal
  • Alderman David Graves
  • Brigadier Tim Gregson
  • Mr John Griffith-Jones
  • Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie
  • Alderman Timothy Hailes
  • Mr Paul Herbage
  • Mr Michael Hockney
  • Mr Stan Hodges
  • Mrs Margie Holland Prior
  • Lady Houghton
  • Alderman Robert Howard
  • The Very Reverend Dr David Ison
  • Ms Vanella Jackson
  • Lady Jackson
  • Ms Fiona Jackson
  • Alderman Gregory Jones
  • Mrs Denise Jones
  • Lady Kent Noon
  • Mr Vaughan Kent-Payne
  • Mr James Kininmonth
  • Mrs Angela Knight
  • Miss Mei Sim Lai
  • Mr Mark Lancaster MP
  • Alderman Susan Langley
  • Lieutenant General David Leakey
  • Mr Michael Lewin
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Lisvane
  • Mrs Susannah Lovis
  • Alderman Nicholas Lyons
  • Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli
  • Mr Simon Martin
  • Miss Amanda Metcalfe
  • The Reverend Sally Muggeridge
  • The Right Reverend & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally
  • Lady Newall
  • Professor Philip Ogden
  • Sir Kenneth Olisa
  • Mr Richard Parsons
  • Mr Edward Plunket
  • Mr Martin Pope
  • Mr Richard Regan
  • Lord Howard of Rising
  • Mr Paul Rochford
  • Mrs Cheryl Roux
  • Mr Michael Bradly Russell
  • Alderman William Russell
  • Brigadier David Santa-Olalla
  • Alderman Baroness Scotland
  • Mr John Scott
  • Mr Nicholas Somers
  • Mrs Laura Taylor
  • Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon
  • Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers
  • Mr Adrian Waddingham
  • Lady Wall
  • Mr James Whitmore
  • The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP
  • Colonel Richard Winstanley


Enjoy the photographs from 2019’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch here.