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UK £45.00
US $80.00
Hardback with jacket
280 pages
450 illustrations and plans, 1 map
30.5 x 25 cm (12.25 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4670-2
The Livery Halls of the City of London

Anya Lucas and Henry Russell

Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel

For some 800 years, Livery Companies have played a leading role in commercial activities and social and political life in the City of London. These trade associations, each representing a particular craft or profession, were originally responsible for controlling, for example, wages and working conditions. Their headquarters – the Livery Halls – evolved from large medieval town houses to become an identifiable building type paralleled only by the guild houses of northern European mercantile cities and the Venetian scuole. This beautiful book is the first major exploration of these architecturally significant buildings. Dr Anya Lucas, who has studied the Halls in depth, provides an introduction and an illustrated history of the buildings that have been lost over the centuries, while Henry Russell surveys each of the 40 present-day Halls, from HQS Wellington, the headquarters of the Master Mariners, in the west to the Proof House, the home of the Gunmakers’ Company, in the east. The existing Livery Halls have been photographed especially for the project by the renowned interiors photographer Andreas von Einsiedel, making this a truly outstanding publication.

A landmark celebration of the remarkable Livery Halls – both extant and lost – of the City of London

With specially commissioned imagery by the leading interiors photographer Andreas von Einsiedel

Features in-depth entries on the 40 existing Halls, as well as an illustrated history of the lost Halls


Published in association with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects

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Author Profiles

Anya Lucas (née Matthews) is an art and architectural historian who has researched and written widely on the Livery Halls, including contributing a chapter on the subject to Court, Country, City: British Art and Architecture, 1660–1735 (2016).


Henry Russell is a historian who has contributed to numerous newspapers and periodicals, including The Times and Financial Times magazines. He is the author of more than 20 books on subjects ranging from Wren’s Royal Hospital Chelsea to interior design.


Andreas von Einsiedel is an internationally renowned interiors photographer, specializing in historic buildings, private residences and hotels. He is a regular contributor to such periodicals as World of Interiors, House & Garden and Architectural Digest.


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A valuable and beautifully presented book on a surprisingly neglected subject … Andreas von Einsiedel's views capture the companies' interiors and furnishings in great detail, in many cases for the first time in book form … a worthy tribute to [the Livery Halls'] extraordinary longevity

London Topographical Society Newsletter

A great addition to reference works on the architecture of the City of London

Context, Journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation

Henry Russell discusses every hall with great clarity … Every hall glows in von Einsiedel's breathtaking photography

SPAB Magazine

There is an excellent introduction by Anya Lucas … Henry Russell's descriptions of the halls as they are today and Andreas von Einsiedel's impressive photographs are of the same quality

The Art Newspaper
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