City Beerfest returns to Guildhall with leading breweries and live music

Visitors to the City of London’s historic Guildhall Yard on Thursday 5 July will be able to enjoy some of the UK’s finest ales, beers and ciders, and soak up the sunshine as City Beerfest returns for the sixth year running.

Now an established City tradition and opened by Lord Mayor Charles Bowman, City Beerfest welcomes a wide range of UK breweries and live musicians to Guildhall Yard to raise money for City charities.

All proceeds from City Beerfest will go to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which supports the Lord Mayor’s dedicated charities, and City Music Foundation, which helps young musicians gain valuable entrepreneurial skills for successful careers.

The sale of beer tokens, which can be purchased in advance for £12 (plus booking fee) or £15 on the day, raises money for good causes, and pays for four tokens (i.e. 1 token = ½ pint) and a City Beerfest glass. The event is free-of-charge to enter.

This year’s line-up of performers and bands features several female artists, as part of the City of London Corporation’s Women: Work and Power season.

Lord Mayor Charles Bowman said:

“Over the last six years, City Beerfest has become one of the most enjoyable events in the City’s calendar.

“As well as sampling some of the beers and ales on offer, I am certainly hoping that I will be allowed to pull a few pints for customers.

“I am very pleased that City Beerfest raises money for good causes – City Music Foundation and the charities supported by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.”

Dr Clare Taylor from City Music Foundation, said:

“We are thrilled that the City Beerfest, founded by City Music Foundation and Lord Mayor Roger Gifford in 2013, has become a traditional fixture in the City of London calendar.

“Last year, we had more beer, more sunshine, more music, and more people than ever and we know that this year, it will be even better still!

“CMF is proud to be providing the music and we are delighted that the proceeds will be divided between the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and CMF.”

Paul Wells, Master, The Worshipful Company of Brewers, said:

“The Brewers’ Company is delighted that so many of our member breweries are, once again, supporting the City Beerfest to raise money for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and City Music Foundation.

“For over 600 years, we have made sure that the people of London have access to great beer, and this event in the heart of the City is a fantastic way to continue this long tradition.

“I would encourage everyone to come along and sample the wonderful array of beers that will be available.”

The City of London Corporation, which owns Guildhall Yard and supports City Beerfest, invests over £100m every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds. It is the UK’s largest funder of cultural activities after the government, the BBC, and Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is also developing Culture Mile between Farringdon and Moorgate – a multi-million-pound investment which will create a new cultural and creative destination for London over the next 10 to 15 years. This includes £110m funding to support the Museum of London’s move to West Smithfield and £2.5m to support the detailed business case for the proposed Centre for Music.


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Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer, City of London Corporation

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City Beerfest 2018 will be held in Guildhall Yard, EC2, from 12.30pm to 9pm on Thursday 5 July. See for further details.

About the City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

About City Music Foundation

City Music Foundation (CMF) turns talent into success by equipping gifted musicians with the entrepreneurial skills needed today to achieve a successful musical career. Through this 21st century internship, musicians are mentored by key industry professionals, attend professional development workshops and are given support in the everyday business of music.

About the Worshipful Company of Brewers

The Brewers’ Company is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London and ranks fourteenth in order of precedence. The Company received its first charter from Henry VI in 1438 when the brewers were incorporated as “The Wardens and Commonalty of the Mystery or Art of Brewers of the City of London.”