These robes are made for walking

Masters and Wardens Livery Halls Walk

14 September 2017

On a dry and pleasantly cool September day our Deputy Master, Kevin Moore, and Middle Warden, Gavin Ellwood, joined 50 other Masters and Wardens from 28 of the City’s Livery Companies for the fundraising 12th Annual Livery Halls Walk.

Following a sustaining breakfast of bacon rolls, tea, coffee and pastries onboard HQS Wellington at Embankment, the group, resplendent in gowns and badges (what is the collective noun for such a gathering?) set off for the circa 10 mile walk around the City’s 40 livery halls.

Deep in EC1 we arrived at the Information Technologists’ Hall to be greeted by their Master Chris Histead with a tray of port! Despite the early hour it was very welcome and widely enjoyed. The newly refurbished Salters’ Hall hosted everyone for a late morning coffee and biscuit break.

In time for a welcome lunch, the group arrived at the splendid Armourers’ Hall for much needed sustenance and a glass or two of wine. Throughout the day, the sight of our gowned group was catnip to tourists who often stopped for selfies with the assembled Masters and Wardens.

By mid-afternoon everyone enjoyed more tea and biscuits at The Dutch Church in Austin Friars, located opposite Furniture Makers’ Hall before moving on to complete the final stage of 9 Halls.

Our walk finished in the grandeur of Fishmongers’ Hall by London Bridge where everyone enjoyed a final and well earned glass of wine.

The walk as tracked by GPS
The walk as tracked by GPS

Thank you to Master Jack Broadley and Senior Warden Darren Marston of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners for organising a highly successful, and extremely enjoyable walk.