About Us

About our Venue

Do you have an important client reception or staff party to arrange? Perhaps the responsibility for a major conference sits on your shoulders. A training awayday for key personnel. A roadshow. An awards dinner, or the chance to push the boat out for a gathering of very special friends. Whatever the event, you’ll know exactly what you want to achieve. And bringing it all together perfectly is what we’re good at.

From 10 people to 700. Tailored to your vision and budget. Organised with flair and precision. An unforgettable event at Merchant Taylors’ can start right now with a call to 020 7450 4445.

Timeline

1327

In 1327, King Edward III’s Royal Charter established the Fraternity of Tailors and Linen Armourers, later known as The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors’.

1300's

Linen Armourers who originally belonged to the Guild made the padded tunics known as Gambesons worn under armour.

1347

The threads and needles representing the trade of The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors’ may have given the name to Threadneedle Street where The Livery Company has been based since 1347.

1400

The Great Kitchen at Merchant Taylors’ has been producing fabulous food for over 500 years.

1450

The original 14th century floor of the Hall was made of beaten clay covered with rushes…and can still be seen today.

1503

Henry VII first recognised the Guild by the name of Merchant Taylors’ in 1503.

1607

In 1607, God save the King. was conducted by John Bull and sung for the first time at a private musical event at Merchant Taylors’.

1607

James I enjoyed dining in private at Merchant Taylors’ in 1607 in the room known today as the King’s Gallery

1666

In 1666, Merchant Taylors’ Hall was gutted in the Great Fire of London, but the Library and its books survived.

1814

Alexander I of Russia and Frederick William III of Prussia dined in the Hall in 1814.

1900's

The Duke of Wellington an Honorary Freeman of Merchant Taylors’.

Today

Over its history, Merchant Taylors’ has evolved from a medieval Guild responsible for the tailoring trade, to a society of global merchants, and finally to an association with an educational and charitable focus.