Common Council, with the Lord Mayor (Jan 2016)

Guildhall, Gresham Street, The City, London 51.515564 -0.09205
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1 PM to 2 PM (approx)
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The Court of Common Council is a monthly meeting held inside the historic Guildhall. It is the main decision making body of the City of London, and is attended by the Lord Mayor and Aldermen in all their finery.

Whilst the contents of the meeting itself can be quite dry (and boring), it is well-worth attending anyway just to see inside the medieval Guildhall.

The meeting will start with the Lord Mayor processing in from the back, and once the questions begin you can pass the time by looking at the grand statues of Churchill, Nelson, Wellington and Pitt, plus the huge golden statues of Mog and Magog glaring down from the balcony. The hall is hung with lots of ancient flags and shields, representing the City's Guilds.

Craig has been to this meeting himself, and suggests combining it with a tour of the Guildhall beforehand. You can read his review of the tour on his blog, plus a review of the Common Council meeting too.

Note: In order to get into the Great Hall, you do not enter Guildhall through the front. If you stand in the courtyard and look to the left, you will see some glass doors next to a small pepperpot-shaped building. Head through there and past security, and you will be led around to the Guildhall.

If you enjoy this, then you might like to attend some political debates inside Parliament as well. You can watch the MPs inside the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and even get an invite to Prime Minister's Questions.

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