The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

On 7th April 2016, the ninth annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch will be held at London’s Guildhall to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The Lunch, which is hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London has raised over £1.4m for The Soldiers’ Charity since 2008, with this money being used to support soldiers and veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

London Guildhall during the Lord Mayor's Big Curry
The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry takes place in London’s prestigious Guildhall

The Royal Guest of Honour – HRH Prince Henry of Wales

HRH Prince Henry of Wales
HRH Prince Henry of Wales, who served in the British Army, will be attending the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch as our Royal Guest of Honour

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is delighted to announce that HRH Prince Henry of Wales will be joining us as the Royal Guest of Honour at the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry.

Speaking of his attendance, President of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO DL, said: “We are delighted that His Royal Highness Prince Harry – who has himself served in the British Army – can join us on this occasion. His support means a great deal to the Charity and to those it supports.”

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 & our Royal Guest of Honour
  • Indulge in delicious curries and unlimited beer and wine

Always a fun event, bring your friends, catch up over a curry and take part in the many activities taking place. These include the Diamond Draw, giving you a chance to win a diamond necklace designed by Susannah Lovis and the opportunity to bid on exclusive “money can’t buy” prizes in the Silent Auction and Draw. New for 2016, you will also have the chance to win a pair of his and hers watches, courtesy of Harold Pinchbeck.

Also attending the Lunch will be senior officers of the British Army; members of both Houses of Parliament; the Ministry of Defence ministerial team and a wide cross-section of City professionals and business leaders. Each year we welcome a Royal Guest of Honour, whom in the past has included HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Princess Royal. We will be announcing this year’s Royal Guest of Honour closer to the time of the Lunch.

HRH The Princess Royal at the 2016 Lord Mayor's Big Curry
HRH The Princess Royal attended the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry lunch in 2015

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

The lunch starts at 12 noon and finishes at 3pm. Tickets are £95, which includes fabulous curries, as well as beer and wine.

“ABF the Soldiers’ Charity is here to provide support to individual soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when in need. Whilst a significant number of those needing our help are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, we provide a lifetime of support; the eldest person we helped last year was a 109-year old widow with her care home fees and the youngest was a one-year-old disabled child. Please support the 2016 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.

Purchase tickets

Tickets for the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch are now available! To book your tickets, please fill in the form below. Alternatively you can call Amy Kenyon on 020 7811 3960, or email to make your booking.

Ticket packages for large groups of 20 or more are also available, which come with a branded champagne reception. For details please contact Bernie Critchley on or 020 7811 3201.


Silent Auction

An attendee at the Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch places a bid on the silent auction in 2015
An attendee at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch places a bid on the silent auction in 2015

Givergy logoThe 2016 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Silent Auction is now open! Bid on a range of exclusive items via Givergy.

Prizes include:

  • A tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for two, with lunch
  • A lunch and tour of Windsor Castle for six
  • A pair of Wimbledon Centre Court tickets
  • A commissioned individual portrait by renowned artist Joseph Galvin
  • Tickets to the Royal Salute for the Duke of Edinburgh

Visit to place your bid!

Draw Prizes

Details of the prizes in the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 2016 Draw are not yet available. Please check back later.

To register for updates contact Amy on

Event Sponsors

The Soldiers’ Charity are very grateful to Noon Foods, The Cobra Foundation, Private Cellar Wine Merchants, Lanson, Capital Coffee and Prestat for sponsoring the food and drink for the 2016 Lunch.

We are currently interested in hearing from companies and individuals who would be interested in sponsoring the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch. For more information on the different sponsorship packages available, please contact Bernie Critchley at or on 0207 811 3201.

Major sponsor

Supporting sponsors

  • Sir Trevor Chinn
  • Cheeswrights Notaries Public
  • Sir David Lewis
  • Fenchurch Advisory Partners LLP
  • Macfarlanes
  • Golden Bottle Trust
  • Barnett Waddingham LLP
  • Prem Goyal OBE JP

Sponsor’s in Kind

Capital Cobra Gardeners Lanson champagne
Noon foods Party ingredients Pinchbek Private Cellar
 Susannah Lovis
  • Noon Foods
  • Private Cellar Wine Merchants
  • Cobra Foundation
  • Lanson
  • Party Ingredients
  • Capital Coffee
  • Susannah Lovis
  • Harold Pinchbeck

Livery Companies

  • Actuaries
  • Brewers
  • Carpenters
  • Clothworkers
  • Coleman Street Ward Club
  • Curriers
  • Gardeners
  • Goldsmiths
  • Grocers
  • Information Technologists
  • Leathersellers
  • Lightmongers
  • Marketors
  • Mercers
  • Musicians
  • Pewterers
  • Plaisterers
  • Skinners
  • Spectacle Makers
  • Tin Plate Workers
  • Tobacco Pipe Makers
  • Turners
  • Tylers and Bricklayers
  • Vintners
  • World Traders

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.

2016 Committee Chairmen

  • Alderman the Lord Mountevans
  • Mr Michael Hockney

2016 Committee Members

  • Mrs Fiona Adler
  • Mr Jeremy Archer
  • His Honour Sir Gavyn Arthur
  • Mr Jean-Claude Banon
  • Alderman Sir Michael Bear
  • Mr Anthony Belchambers
  • The Lady Bilimoria
  • Mr Richard Boggis-Rolfe
  • Alderman and Sheriff Charles Bowman
  • Ms Sophie Bragg
  • Sir David Brewer
  • Dame Alison Carnwath
  • Mrs Caroline Cary
  • Field Marshal Sir John Chapple
  • The Rt. Revd. and Rt. Hon. Richard Chartres
  • Sir Trevor Chinn
  • Sir Anthony Cleaver
  • Sir Michael Craig-Cooper
  • Brigadier Sean Crane
  • Mr Billy Dove
  • Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon
  • Mr Philip Dunne MP
  • Alderman Peter Estlin
  • Mrs Mary Fagan
  • The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP
  • Mr Nigel Fenner-Fownes
  • Mrs Daryl Fielding
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford
  • Mr William Fraser
  • Mrs Susie Freeman
  • Alderman John Garbutt
  • Mr John Giffard
  • Alderman Sir Roger Gifford
  • Mr Andrew Gordon
  • Mr Tim Gosling
  • Alderman David Graves
  • Brigadier Tim Gregson
  • Mr John Griffith-Jones
  • Ms Sascha Grimm
  • Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie
  • Mr Melville Haggard
  • Alderman Timothy Hailes
  • Mr Timothy Haywood
  • Alderman Peter Hewitt
  • Mr David Hitchcock
  • The Lord Imbert
  • The Very Reverend Dr David Ison
  • Lady Jackson
  • Alderman Sir Paul Judge
  • Alderman Vincent Keaveny
  • Miss Miranda Kennett
  • Lieutenant General David Leakey
  • Mr Simon Leschallas
  • Alderman Sir David Lewis
  • Mr Michael Llewelyn-Jones
  • Mr Alistair Macdonald QC
  • Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli
  • Mr Simon Martin
  • Mr Charlie McAndrew
  • Mr Andrew Morris
  • Reverend Sally Muggeridge
  • Mr William Murray
  • Lord Howard of Rising
  • Mr Kenneth Olisa
  • Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley
  • Mr David Pearson
  • Mr Martin Pope
  • Mr Nigel Pullman
  • Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden
  • Alderman William Russell
  • Mr Charles Samek QC
  • Brigadier David Santa-Olalla
  • Mr Timothy Schroder
  • Miss Mei Sim Lai
  • Mr Mark Spofforth
  • Mrs Laura Taylor
  • Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers
  • Mr Hanif Virij
  • Mr Adrian Waddingham
  • Mr John Winter
  • Alderman Sir David Wootton


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