The Guildhall

The Guildhall

The Great Hall*, Art Gallery, Roman Amphitheatre & St Lawrence Jewry.

What to expect

The Great Hall is the jewel in the crown of the Guildhall complex. Built between 1411-1440, the Great Hall has been the centre of the City’s governance ever since.

On this tour we hear how the Great Hall has been the setting for magnificent ceremonies, visits by world leaders, the annual Lord Mayor’s banquet and its role as a court for high-profile state trials, including the trials of an archbishop and a Queen for treason.

 

The Guildhall
The Guildhall Art Gallery

The Guildhall Art Gallery is a hidden gem and home to the City of London’s art collection. Key amongst the treasures is a fine collection of Victorian art and The London Collection which takes visitors on a journey through the City’s colourful past.

During redevelopment of the gallery in the 1980s, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre were discovered. The amphitheatre dates from around 70AD.

St Lawrence Jewry is the official church of the City of London Corporation. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London and sympathetically restored in the 1950s, it is widely regarded as one of the finest City church restorations.

* Please note that the Great Hall can be subject to closure at short notice and while all efforts will be made to check in advance, this is occasionally unavoidable.

 

Church Exterior

Key Information

Meeting Point : At the front of the Guildhall Art Gallery

Map of meeting point

Duration : approx 2 hours

 

The Guildhall Art Gallery – Meeting Point

Photo of meeting point Exterior of The Guildhall Art Gallery