History of

The Beadles of London

History of The Beadles of London

Our Friends in the City

Part stage-manager, part Ringmaster, the Beadle is at the centre of all major events within Livery Company life in the City.

His role is to co-ordinate the various and varied contributors to Company functions, to act as Toastmaster and ensure that the ceremonial is carried out to the smallest detail as prescribed by years of tradition.

Around him, caterers, hall managers, toastmasters, florists, musicians, photographers, guards of honour all come together to produce a seamless and dignified event.

The Beadles of London do appreciate the contributions of the many organisations and individuals who go to make up a grand evening. The following is just a small selection of our friends but we do want to hear from anyone who would like to be linked to this site:

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The Cook & The Butler

The company was established in 2004 by founding managing director Mark Grove. Working alongside him is talented French signature chef Jean Deillon, who takes great pride in sourcing fresh foods daily from London’s markets and tailoring quotations to precise customer briefs, creating menus to suit budgets and ensuring an innovative and stylish culinary occasion.



Just Flowers of London

Innovative floral displays

This small family firm are the City's most original and innovative florists, providing top-class displays tailored to suit each individual event. For many years Lorraine has been providing stunning displays for civic functions in and around the City. Please call/fax 01689 825555 to discuss your requirements and to get an obligation-free quotation.



The London Banqueting Ensembles

Professional musicians for all occasions

The London Banqueting ensembles specialise in providing top-class musical entertainment or background music for almost any function or event. Whether you are planning a formal banquet, corporate dinner function, dignified civic event or any other occasion, the LBE musicians can offer that little bit extra to help ensure the success of your function.


Erika Gundesen

Pianist and Music Director

Erika Gundesen is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She currently works as a freelance pianist and MD in London, performing as a soloist as well as a collaborator or music director in recitals, events, opera and theatre productions.


Edward Dye

Edward is a pianist and composer living and working in London.

The music he usually plays is Gershwin, Cole-Porter and popular songs from the 20s and 30s through to the 60s. His repertoire also includes light classical music, the Great American song book and Brazilian hit songs.


Miss Iona Thomas


Tel: 07743 826418


Iona Thomas - Harpist


David Wylie

David is Beadle to 3 City of London Livery Companies:

Worshipful Company of Tyler’s & Bricklayers
Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects


Ted Prior

Ted Prior is a Member of the National Association of Toastmasters and is available for functions throughout, London, the South East, the U.K. and International Events.


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