On Friday March 26, I attended the annual dinner of The Old Stationers Association, which was held in yet another 17th century building – Stationers Hall in the City of London. Stationers Hall dates back to 1606, but was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The present Stationers Hall was therefore rebuilt in 1673 and is today the headquarters of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, which began in 1403 and which received its Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1557. The dinner was held in the largest and grandest room in Stationers Hall, with oak floors and stained glass windows depicting Shakespeare and King Edward IV.
The photograph above shows the tables before the diners were seated.
Here I am, on the far left, enjoying a glass of champagne while waiting for dinner to be served.