The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

On Wednesday 11th April 2018, the 11th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch will be held at London’s Guildhall. The Lunch supports members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan through the British Army’s national charity ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and in association with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The Lunch is hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London and since 2008 has contributed over £1.7m to The Soldiers’ Charity.

Tickets are £100, which includes unlimited curry, beer and wine. The Lunch will begin at midday and there will be three lunch sittings, at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm. It will finish at 3.00pm.

The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch takes place in London's historic Guildhall
The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch takes place in London’s historic Guildhall

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 and other Services
  • Indulge in delicious curries and unlimited beer and wine
  • Bid on money-can’t-buy prizes in our silent auction or try your luck with our prize draw
  • Visit the stalls run by the Livery Companies of the City of London
  • Purchase a glass of champagne or a delicious cocktail and be in with a chance to win either a diamond pendant or a pair of his and hers watches
  • Check out our ‘Authors Corner’ – we’ll have several renowned authors selling and autographing their books

We also have several new attractions and surprises planned for the day, so come along in April to find out!

Who will be there?

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch brings together over 1,000 key decision makers and influential leaders from organisations across the various business sectors of the City of London and beyond, hosted by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of the City of London and the Sheriffs and their consorts. Many of these individuals are also:

  • Members of the City of London’s Livery Companies and Ward Clubs
  • Senior officers, serving soldiers and veterans from the British Army and other services
  • Members of Parliament, including the Secretary of State for Defence

Each year we welcome a Royal Guest of Honour, who in the past has included HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Prince Henry of Wales and HRH The Princess Royal. We will be announcing the 2018 Royal Guest of Honour closer to the time of the Lunch.

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


“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 107-year old widow with her care home fees and the youngest was a two-year-old disabled child. Please support the 2018 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. Speaking at the Post-Lunch Thank You Party in May 2017

Partners of The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

From 2018 onwards the Lunch will be drawing in the active support of the other two national service charities, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines CharityRoyal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Tickets

Tickets for the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch on Wednesday 11th April 2018 are now on sale! Click on the link below to purchase yours now!

Buy tickets

Ticket options

There are two ticket options available depending on the number of tickets purchased for The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch.

1) Individual Tickets / £100 per person (plus an Eventbrite booking fee of £2.82 per ticket)

To purchase individual tickets please click on the ‘Buy Tickets’ link above or contact Polly Roberts on 020 7811 3202 or proberts@soldierscharity.org

Each ticket holder receives:

  • Entrance to the Lunch
  • All food (curry, desserts & chocolate)
  • Drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks & coffee)
  • Souvenir programme
  • Take-home bag

2) Ticket Packages (15 guests or more) / from £1,500 / Extra places at £100 person

To purchase ticket packages please contact Polly Roberts on 020 7811 3202 or proberts@soldierscharity.org

Ticket packages include:

  • Entrance to the Lunch
  • Private entrance through Basinghall Street
  • Access to private reception area in the Livery Hall – exclusive use throughout the afternoon
  • Opportunity to display branding* in the private reception area
  • Complimentary glass of champagne on arrival
  • All food (curry, desserts & chocolate)
  • Drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks & coffee)
  • Souvenir programme
  • Take-home bag

*Branding needs to be free-standing

Please note that tickets and packages are exempt from VAT.

For more information please get in touch with Polly Roberts on proberts@soldierscharity.org or 020 7811 3202.

 

Silent auction

Check back in January 2018 to see the full range of prizes and start bidding before the day of the lunch.

For more information please get in touch with Polly Roberts on proberts@soldierscharity.org or 020 7811 3202.

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

Draw prizes

Details of the prizes in the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 2018 draw are not yet available. Please check back in January 2018.

For more information please get in touch with Polly Roberts on proberts@soldierscharity.org or 020 7811 3202.

Event sponsors

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Committee are very grateful to all of our past sponsors, and sponsors in-kind.

We are currently interested in hearing from companies and individuals who would be interested in sponsoring the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch. For more information on the different sponsorship packages available, please contact Polly Roberts on proberts@soldierscharity.org or 020 7811 3202.

Sponsors in kind

Noon FoodsPrivate CellarCobra BeerParty IngredientsCoq D'Argent
Harold PinchbeckSusannah LovisWorshipful Company of GardenersCity of London ClubCapital Coffee
Cocoa BombonCountry LifeThe Week

2018 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.

Committee Chairmen

  • The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Alderman Charles Bowman
  • Mr Michael Hockney

Vice Patrons

  • Sir David Lewis
  • Alderman Nick Anstee
  • Alderman Sir Michael Bear
  • Alderman Sir David Wootton
  • Alderman Sir Roger Gifford (Sponsoring Alderman in 2008)
  • Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf
  • Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow
  • Alderman the Lord Mountevans
  • Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley

Committee

  • Mrs Samantha Bowman
  • Alderman & Sheriff Timothy Hailes
  • Sheriff Neil Redcliffe
  • Mr Anthony Abrahams
  • Mrs Fiona Adler
  • Mr Jeremy Archer
  • Mr Nick Arkell
  • Mr Antony Andrew Barrow
  • Mrs Katherine Bathurst
  • Mr Steven Beharrell
  • Brigadier Greville Bibby
  • The Lady Bilimoria
  • Mr Richard Boggis-Rolfe
  • Baroness Boothroyd
  • Dr Carolyn Boulter
  • Lady Brewer OBE
  • Mr Donald Brydon
  • Mrs Ann Buxton
  • Mrs Catherine Carleton-Smith
  • Mr Bob Carnell
  • Lady Carter
  • Mrs Caroline Cary
  • Mr Marcos Castro
  • Field Marshal Sir John Chapple
  • Sir Trevor Chinn
  • Mr Richard Christou
  • Mr Michael Cole-Fontayn
  • Sir Michael Craig-Cooper
  • Mr Tim Cramp
  • Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon
  • Mr Duncan Dunn
  • Alderman Peter Estlin
  • Dr Stefan Fafinski
  • The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP
  • Mr Nigel Fenner-Fownes
  • Mr Richard Fleck
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford
  • Mr William Fraser
  • Mrs Susie Freeman
  • Alderman John Garbutt
  • Mr Sean Gavin
  • Mr Andrew Gordon
  • Mr Tim Gosling
  • Alderman David Graves
  • Brigadier Tim Gregson
  • Mr John Griffith-Jones
  • Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie
  • Mr Gordon Haines
  • Alderman Peter Hewitt
  • Lady Houghton
  • Alderman Robert Howard
  • The Lord Imbert
  • The Very Reverend Dr David Ison
  • Ms Vanella Jackson
  • Ms Fiona Jackson
  • Lady Jackson
  • Alderman Gregory Jones
  • Alderman Vincent Keaveny
  • Lady Kent Noon
  • Miss Mei Sim Lai
  • Mr Mark Lancaster MP
  • Lieutenant General David Leakey
  • Mrs Susannah Lovis
  • Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli
  • Mr Julian Malins
  • Mr Simon Martin
  • The Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith
  • Ms Amanda Metcalfe
  • The Reverend Sally Muggeridge
  • Mr William Murray
  • Lady Newall
  • Mr Kenneth Olisa
  • Mr Martin Pope
  • Mr Richard Regan
  • Dr Christine Rigden
  • Lord Howard of Rising
  • Mr Paul Rochford
  • Alderman William Russell
  • Mrs Fiona Sanders
  • Brigadier David Santa-Olalla
  • Alderman Baroness Scotland
  • Mr John Shepherd
  • Mr Nicholas Somers
  • Mr Dennis Surgeon
  • Mrs Laura Taylor
  • Ms Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
  • Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers
  • Mr Adrian Waddingham
  • Lady Wall
  • Mr John Warner
  • Colonel Richard Winstanley

Media

Enjoy the video or browse photographs from last year’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch below.

FAQs

I want to book several tickets, but don’t yet know the names of my guests – do I need to fill out all their details?

No – at this stage you can simply leave the guests names section blank. We will need their names by 16th March 2018.

Do you need the addresses of all my guests?

No – we will send tickets out to the booker, simply put your details in the address section on your guests tickets

I want to book tickets for a group and take advantage of the corporate area. Can I do this directly?

Yes – call Polly Roberts on 020 7811 3202 or e-mail using lmbc@soldierscharity.org

What do we need to bring on the day?

Each attendee will need to bring along their ticket and photo ID.

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