FAQs
What is the Drapers’ Company?
The Drapers’ Company is a Livery Company in the City of London. The Company’s roots go back to the 13th century, when as its name indicates, it was involved in the drapery trade. While it is no longer involved in the trade, the Company has evolved acquiring a new relevance. Its main role today is to be the trustee of the charitable trusts that have been left in its care over the centuries.  The Company also manages a thriving hospitality business. 

Is the Company still involved in the drapery trade?
The Company’s involvement in the drapery trade started to reduce in the 17th century when the trade moved out of the City of London and livery companies’ powers of regulation declined. The Company has been seeking to restore links with the textile industry through its support of technical textiles.

How long has the Company owned a Hall?
The first Drapers’ Hall was built in the 15th century in St Swithin’s Lane.  It bought a Hall on the present site in Throgmorton Street in 1543 from King Henry VIII for £1,200 (about £350,000 in today’s money). 

What is the Company’s connection with Thomas Cromwell?
The Hall that the Company purchased from King Henry VIII in 1543 had been the private residence of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex until his execution in 1540, when it was confiscated by the Crown.

Can I apply for charitable funding?
You are welcome to apply for funds from the following Drapers’ Company trusts:
 

The Head of Charities will be happy to provide further details:

Head of Charities
The Drapers’ Company
Drapers’ Hall
Throgmorton Avenue
London
EC2N 2DQ
Tel: 020 7588 5001
Email: charities@thedrapers.co.uk

Can I apply to live in a Drapers’ Company almshouse?
Yes, if you are eligible, but please note there is a waiting list. The Drapers’ Company is trustee of an almshouse charity with three London sites in Greenwich, Tottenham and Southwark.

Find out more about the Drapers’ Company almshouses.

For more information and an application form, please contact:

Hanover Housing
South East Region
Hanover House
1 Bridge Close
Staines
Surrey
TW18 4TB
Tel: 01784 446100
www.hanover.org.uk

Can I become a member of the Drapers’ Company?
Anyone can apply to become a member subject to meeting the criteria. Once admitted to the Freedom of the Company, members are known as Freemen and are entitled to apply for the Freedom of the City of London.

Find out more about how to become a member

For enquiries about membership of the Drapers’ Company please contact:

The Archivist
The Drapers’ Company
Drapers’ Hall
Throgmorton Avenue
London
EC2N 2DQ
Tel: 020 7448 1308 (Direct Line)
Fax: 020 7628 1988
Email: heritage@thedrapers.co.uk

Are rooms available to hire at Drapers’ Hall?
Drapers’ Hall offers a selection of spectacular rooms for hire, suitable for a variety of special occasions. Our prices are highly competitive when compared with other central London venues.

The Court Room and Court Dining Room are ideal for smaller gatherings, while the Livery Hall can seat up to 270 for lunch or dinner; serve up to 350 buffet guests; and accommodate up to 450 for a cocktail party.
 
Find out more

Can I visit Drapers’ Hall?
We are happy to arrange tours of our historic building, silver collection and works of art.

For more information about arranging a tour, please contact:

Events
The Drapers’ Company
Drapers’ Hall
Throgmorton Avenue
London
EC2N 2DQ
Tel: 020 7448 1304
Fax: 020 7448 1307
Email: banqueting@thedrapers.co.uk

Can I consult the archives held at Drapers’ Hall?
The Drapers’ Company holds a unique collection of historic documents in its archives

We are open to the public for research, Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm. If you wish to visit, please book in advance by contacting the Archivist:

The Archivist
The Drapers’ Company
Drapers’ Hall
Throgmorton Avenue
London
EC2N 2DQ
Tel: 020 7448 1308 (Direct Line)
Fax: 020 7628 1988
Email: heritage@thedrapers.co.uk

Can I consult the Company’s Northern Ireland archives?
The Company’s documents relating to its former estate in Northern Ireland are held at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The catalogue reference for the collection is:  D3632.  The catalogue and a guide to collection can be found on the PRONI website: www.proni.gov.uk

What are the images on the Company's coat of arms?
The Company’s coat of arms symbolises its patron saint, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It features triple crowns on a darkened cloud from which golden sunbeams emanate.  

Where is Drapers’ Hall?
The Draper’s Company is in the heart of the financial district of the City of London and close to the Bank of England. Public transport links are excellent, with nearby tube services running from Bank, Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations.

There are two NCP car parks close by in Finsbury Square and London Wall, as well as parking meters in Finsbury Circus.