The Carol Service this year will be held at the President’s Chaplain’s church of St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside at 11:00 am on Thursday 13 December.
Founded in or around 1080 as the London headquarters of the archbishops of Canterbury, the medieval church of St Mary-le-Bow survived three devastating collapses before being completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, it was destroyed once more in 1941 but was again rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1964.
According to tradition a true Cockney must be born within earshot of the sound of Bow Bells. The sound of the bells of St Mary's persuaded Dick Whittington to turn back from Highgate and remain in London to become Lord Mayor, and the bells are also referred to in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.
Afterwards luncheon will be served in the Livery Hall at Guildhall. At this festive time of year, this is a splendid occasion for family and friends to enjoy, with excellent music and rejoicing and fine food and wine to follow!
The cost of the luncheon has been held at £90. Please book your party no later than Tuesday 4 December.