The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries lies at the heart of the early foundations of modern-day medicine and remains an important, active and innovative medical institution today. The Society plays a key role in the advancement of specialist areas of medicine, and in the ongoing post-graduate education and qualification of practitioners.

Steeped in history and tradition, the Society was founded by Royal Charter in 1617 and is one of the few livery companies in the City of London to remain professionally based with over 85 per cent of its membership belonging to professions allied to medicine.


Events & Venue Hire


Charitable activities

We support a student from every medical school and some schools of pharmacy. We also support a student at the Guildhall School of Music and offer prizes at the London medical schools, Christ’s Hospital School and the City of London Academy, Southwark.

Other minor grants are given to City of London, medical and children’s charities.
If you would like to support our students, please click here on our justgiving page

Gideon de Laune lecture 2018

Gideon de Laune lecture given on 22 November 2018 Lecture title: Apothecaries, Advertisements and Antidotes in the Sun King’s Paris Speaker: Dr Emma Spary (Left-right) Dr Jonthan Holliday, Mr Nicholas Wood (Curator), Professor Martin Rossor (Master), Dr Emma Spary (Speaker), Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe (President), Dr Robert Bethel, Dr Michael Spencer, Mr Nick Royle (Clerk) (Left-right) […]