Events and Our Hall
The Society of Apothecaries was incorporated by royal charter from James I in 1617. The Letters Patent gave the Society the right to "have, purchase, retain and appoint a certain Hall, or Counsel-House" in the City, but it was 15 years before it could afford one.
It is the oldest extant livery company Hall in the City, with the first-floor structure and arrangement of the Great Hall, Court Room and Parlour remaining as re-built between 1668 and 1670.
Entrance to Apothecaries' Hall from Black Friars Lane
Courtyard, Apothecaries' Hall
Contact: Verity Mitchell, Assistant Clerk
Telephone: 020 7236 1189
(Hall and room hire queries)
The Great Hall
The Irish oak panelling in the Great Hall dates from 1671. There is a carved screen at the south end of the room, a minstrels' gallery at the north end, and an oak floor
The central 24-branch candelabrum suspended from the ceiling was presented to the Society by Sir Benjamin Rawling, who was Sheriff of London and Master in 1736.
The windows on the east and west sides of the Hall contain stained glass Coats of Arms of Past Masters and former Officers of the Society, and portraits hang on the walls.