Goldsmiths' Hall

Foster Lane

Goldsmiths' Hall is the headquarters of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the livery companies of the City of London. The Company has been based at this location since 1339, the present building being their third hall on the site. Little is known about the first hall but the second hall was built circa 1634-36 and restored after the Great Fire of London in 1666; it was eventually demolished in the late 1820s. The third and present hall was designed by Philip Hardwick. The hall is entirely detached, and occupies an entire block. Those present at the opening dinner in 1835 included the Duke of Wellington and Robert Peel. In 1941 a bomb exploded in its south-west corner, but amazingly the building largely survived and it was possible to restore it after the Second World War. It is Grade I listed. Wikipedia/CTGuides