The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

On Wednesday 11th April 2018, the 11th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch was 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 was hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London and since 2008 has contributed over £1.7m to The Soldiers’ Charity.

Tickets were £100, which included unlimited curry, beer and wine. The Lunch began at midday and there were three lunch sittings, at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm. It finished 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

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

Livery Companies

We are delighted to have been supported by the Livery Companies below.

The Worshipful Company of ActuariesThe Worshipful Company of ApothecariesThe Worshipful Company of ArbitratorsThe Worshipful Company of Arts ScholarsThe Worshipful Company of Bakers
The Worshipful Company of BarbersThe Worshipful Company of BasketmakersThe Worshipful Company of BowyersThe Worshipful Company of BrewersThe Worshipful Company of Broderers
The Worshipful Company of Builders MerchantsThe Worshipful Company of CarpentersThe Worshipful Company of Chartered AccountantsThe City Livery ClubThe Worshipful Company of Clothworkers
The Worshipful Company of ConstructorsThe Worshipful Company of CurriersThe Worshipful Company of DrapersThe Worshipful Company of Framework KnittersThe Worshipful Company of Fruiterers
The Worshipful Company of GardenersThe Worshipful Company of GirdlersThe Worshipful Company of GoldsmithsThe Worshipful Company of GrocersThe Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
The Worshipful Company of HaberdashersThe Worshipful Company of Information TechnologistsThe Worshipful Company of International BankersThe Worshipful Company of LeathersellersThe Worshipful Company of Lightmongers
Worshipful Company of MarketorsThe Worshipful Company of MercersThe Worshipful Company of Merchant TaylorsThe Worshipful Company of MusiciansThe Worshipful Company of Paviors
The Worshipful Company of PewterersThe Worshipful Company of PlaisterersThe Worshipful Company of SaddlersThe Worshipful Company of SaltersThe Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers
The Worshipful Company of Tax AdvisersThe Worshipful Company of Tin Plate WorkersThe Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe MakersThe Worshipful Company of TurnersThe Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers
The Worshipful Company of VintnersThe Worshipful Company of Water ConservatorsThe Worshipful Company of World TradersThe Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights

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 2019 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch. For more information on the different sponsorship packages available, please contact Polly Roberts on or 020 7811 3202.

Major Sponsors (2018)

British American Tobacco

Associate Sponsors (2018)

LME - An HKEX Company

Sponsors in kind (2018)

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


  • 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


Enjoy the photographs from 2018’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch below.

The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch 2018

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