The Guild of Nurses

The City of London Guild of Nurses

For the Nursing Profession - past, present and future

Forthcoming Events

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Details of how to apply for events will appear on this web site approximately 6 weeks before the event.

Freedom Ceremonies

Two or three ceremonies will be held every year when members will have the opportunity to be granted Freedom of the Guild. Freedom of the Guild is a privilege that is conferred for life and demonstrates your commitment to the Guild of Nurses. These ceremonies will be advertised below and will usually be followed by a reception which is open to all Freemen and their guests.


Tuesday 9th April 2019

Informal Meet & Greet, 6-8pm

Davy’s at Woolgate, 25 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5HA

It has been suggested that some members of the Guild might like the option to attend an informal gathering of the Guild early one evening. We have therefore arranged a quieter area of a City Wine Bar to try out this idea. This will be an opportunity for any Freemen or members of the Guild to come along, meet some of the Court Assistants and committee members in an informal setting over a glass of wine and perhaps bring along colleagues or friends who might like to find out more about the Guild and its current activities. We hope that the ambience will be very relaxed, and prospective members attending on their own will find a ready welcome. Do spread the word! No need to book – just turn up. Davy’s at Woolgate is very near Guildhall. Nearest underground stations are Bank or Moorgate.  If you would like more information or detailed directions please email .


Wednesday, 1 May

Annual Assembly of the Guild of Nurses at Guildhall.

The agenda for this meeting has been circulated to Freemen of The Guild. Please email the Honorary Clerk if you wish to attend.


Friday, 10 May

Anniversary Banquet, 6.45pm for 7.15pm

The Master and Wardens are pleased to invite you to the Anniversary Banquet of The Guild of Nurses on board HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN.

To celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the Guild and to mark Florence Nightingale’s Birthday and International Nurses Day, we will be dining in the wonderful surroundings of HQS Wellington, the Livery Hall of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. The Banquet will be preceded by the Installation of the new Master.

We are delighted that Murray Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain's Court at the City of London Corporation has agreed to address us after dinner. This promises to be a fascinating evening as Murray will be relating anecdotes about some of the many celebrities he has admitted to the honorary Freedom of the City of London.

STOP PRESS: Thank you for your support for our anniversary banquet. Tickets for this event have all now been sold. We do occasionally have cancellations so if you are interested in attending and wish to be informed if tickets become available please email


Monday, 13 May

House of Commons Tour 12 Noon

We have a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes and have a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster. If you haven’t already been on one of these tours, please do take the opportunity now before the Palace closes for its major refurbishment which may take a few years. The tour will last for 75 minutes after which the group can have lunch in the Jubilee Café which is inside the House of Commons.  There may also be an opportunity for the group to take seats in the public gallery of the House of Commons for the afternoon session commencing at 2.30pm. This is to be confirmed. Further detail and information on how to book is [Word] [pdf].


Wednesday 15th May - 12 Noon

A Service to Commemorate the Life of Florence Nightingale and to mark the centenary of the funeral of Edith Cavell will be held at Westminster Abbey.

This year a joint ceremony is to be held by the Florence Nightingale Foundation and Cavell Nurses’ Trust. The service will honour the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell and importantly will mark the 100th anniversary of Edith Cavell’s body being returned to the United Kingdom and we are delighted that once again the Master and Wardens of The Guild of Nurses will join the procession to escort the lamp - symbolic of Florence Nightingale – being taken from the Florence Nightingale Chapel during the service to the Dean who will place it on the High Altar.  We have a limited number of tickets for Freemen who have made their declaration to join the congregation at this wonderful occasion in the nursing calendar.  If you would like to join us please email the Assistant Clerk   Tickets will be allocated on a first come-first-served basis.


Tuesday 21st May

Festival of the Sons and Friends of the Clergy at 5pm

Followed by optional three course supper at Côte Brasserie, Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7DR

We are honoured again this year to be involved with another traditional City event, the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral in May. This is an impressive occasion, full of pageantry and one of the City’s key events. We have been allocated a small number of free tickets for this service and these will be allocated to Freemen on a first come first served basis. We have also booked supper following the service at a nearby restaurant. The cost of the three-course supper including wine, a service charge for our group and a small donation to the Guild will be £35/head.

For further details and a booking form please click here [Word] [pdf]


Thursday 25th July 2019

Tour of the Royal Hospital Chelsea with lunch

This date is now confirmed. Please put it in your diaries. Details of how to book will be sent in May.


Thursday, 27 June

Education and Professional Development Forum. This is expected to include the History of Nursing.


Early July

A tour around the Royal Hospital, Chelsea with lunch included. Date to be confirmed in January.


Wednesday, 10 July
The second visit to London’s Air Ambulance Helipad at 14.00 at The Royal London Hospital with a curry lunch in Whitechapel before the tour.


Saturday, 21 September
A fascinating City walk around some of the City of London’s churches.


Thursday, 26 September
Education and Professional Development Conference.


Wednesday, 2 October
Tour of the Museum of Military Medicine, Keogh Barracks, Aldershot followed by lunch and a talk on nursing in a war zone by Guild Freeman Col. Jane Carey Harris.


Monday, 14 October
The Guild of Nurses Annual Church Service with a sermon by the Bishop of London, at St Lawrence Jewry Church, Guildhall Yard.


Monday, 18 November
Another opportunity to dine in the Palace of Westminster.


Friday, 29 November
Another chance to see the Tower of London’s famous Ceremony of the Keys at 21.30 preceded by supper at a nearby restaurant.