Furniture Makers Masters' & Clerks' Lunch

Thursday 5th October 2017

Furniture Makers' Hall

In the order of Livery Companies' precedence, the Furniture Makers' Company immediately follows our Company at number 83. In 2005, the Furniture Makers became only the fourth Livery Company to acquire its first Hall since the Apothecaries in 1632. The Hall is a gem, tucked away in Austin Friars, a stones throw from Throgmorton Avenue. The Learned Clerk and I received a very warm welcome (and glass of cold champagne) from Master Furniture Maker, Dr Tony Smart. The Hall has a magnificent circular staircase rising from the hallway where we enjoyed our champagne. At lunch, I was entertained by three of the Company's past masters and Rev George R Bush, Chaplain to the Master. The Master proposed a toast to the guests and Paul Wells, Master Brewer responded on our behalf. During the lunch, I admired the contemporary and very tasteful furnishings. It was a treat to be invited to such an entertaining lunch.