The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

Join us on Thursday 4th April 2019 for the 12th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch held at the historic Guildhall in the heart of the City. 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.

Tickets are £100, which includes unlimited curry, beer, and wine. The Lunch will begin at midday -3.00pm and there will be three lunch sittings, at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm.

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As we move towards the 12th Lunch, we do so with great excitement and a renewed sense of purpose. For two reasons. Firstly, we hope that the proceeds from the 12th Lunch will take us to – and beyond – the figure of £2million contributed to serving soldiers, veterans and their families over the life of The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch. This has had a deep and lasting impact of the lives of thousands of servicemen and women who were affected by service in Afghanistan and Iraq. We thank you for your support.

Secondly, for the next three years, The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 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 programme designed to help them manage their pain and subsequently find meaningful work. One of the biggest inhibitors to veterans getting into the world of work and sticking at it is pain. The causal factors involved are complex, whether physical or psychological. King Edward VII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health has developed – and tested – a six-month long Pain Management Programme specifically for veterans. The Lunch will fund, as part of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity grant-giving, up to 18 veterans on this programme in each of the next three years.

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Why come along?

  • Be a part of one of the most hotly anticipated events in the City’s annual calendar
  • Rub shoulders with senior officers of the British Army and other Services
  • Indulge in delicious curries and unlimited beer and wine
  • Bid on money-can’t-buy prizes in our silent auction or try your luck with our prize draw
  • Visit the stalls run by the Livery Companies of the City of London
  • Purchase a glass of champagne or a delicious cocktail and be in with a chance to win either a diamond pendant or a pair of his and hers watches
  • Check out our ‘Authors Corner’ – we’ll have several renowned authors selling and autographing their books

We also have several new attractions and surprises planned for the day, so come along in April 2019 to find out!

Who will be there?

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch brings together over 1,300 key decision makers and influential leaders from organisations across the various business sectors of the City of London and beyond, hosted by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of the City of London and the Sheriffs and their consorts. Many of these individuals are also:

  • Members of the City of London’s Livery Companies and Ward Clubs
  • Senior officers, serving soldiers and veterans from the British Army and other services
  • Members of Parliament, including the Secretary of State for Defence

Each year we welcome a Royal Guest of Honour, who in the past has included HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Prince Henry of Wales and HRH The Princess Royal. We will be announcing the 2019 Royal Guest of Honour closer to the time of the Lunch.

Many of the charity’s beneficiaries will also be joining us, along with serving soldiers. We encourage you to introduce yourself to them and to learn about their experiences in the military.

“The Soldiers’ Charity is here to provide support to individual soldiers, veterans and their families when in need. Whilst a significant number of those needing our help are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, the three Armed Forces Charities provide a lifetime of support for all members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The eldest person we helped last year was a 107-year-old widow with her care home fees and the youngest was a two-year-old child. Thank you for supporting the 2018 Lunch. Please support the 2019 Lunch and help us to provide assistance to those who need it”

– General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO DL President, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Speaking at the Post-Lunch Thank You Party in May 2017

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

Ticket Options

There are two ticket options available depending on the number of tickets purchased for The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch.

Individual Tickets / £100 per person (plus booking fee)

To purchase individual tickets please click on the ‘Buy Tickets’ link above or contact Polly Roberts on 020 7811 3202 or

Each ticket holder receives:

  • All food (curry, desserts & chocolate)
  • Drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks & coffee)
  • Souvenir programme
  • Take-home bag

Ticket Packages (10 guests or more) / from £1,000 / Extra places at £100 person

To purchase ticket packages please contact Polly Roberts on 020 7811 3202 or

Ticket packages include:

  • Private entrance through Basinghall Street
  • Access to the reception area in the Livery Hall – exclusive use throughout the afternoon
  • Opportunity to display branding* in the reception area
  • Complimentary glass of champagne on arrival
  • All food (curry, desserts & chocolate)
  • Drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks & coffee)
  • Souvenir programme
  • Take-home bag

*Branding needs to be free standing

Please note that tickets and packages are exempt from VAT.

For more information please get in touch with Polly Roberts on or 020 7811 3202.

Silent Auction and Prize Draw

Check back in February 2019 to see the full range of prizes and start bidding before the day of the lunch.

To register for updates please contact Polly Roberts on

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 Apothecaries 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

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.

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.

2019 Organising Committee members

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

Committee Chairmen

  • Alderman Peter Estlin
  • Mr Michael Hockney

Vice Patrons

  • Sir David Lewis
  • Alderman Nick Anstee
  • Alderman Sir Michael Bear
  • Alderman Sir David Wootton
  • Alderman Sir Roger Gifford (Sponsoring Alderman in 2008)
  • Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf
  • Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow
  • Alderman the Lord Mountevans


Enjoy the photographs from 2018’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch below.

The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch 2018


I want to book several tickets, but don’t yet know the names of my guests – do I need to fill out all their details?

No – at this stage you can simply leave the guests names section blank. We will need their names by 22nd March 2019.

Do you need the addresses of all my guests?

No – we will send tickets out to the booker, simply put your details in the address section on your guests’ tickets

I want to book tickets for a group and take advantage of the corporate area. Can I do this directly?

Yes – call Polly Roberts on 0207 811 3202 or e-mail using

What do we need to bring on the day?

Each attendee will need to bring along their ticket and photo ID.