We are the only City of London Livery company dedicated to eye health.
We are the oldest existing optical body in the world.
Founded in 1629, our purpose is the same now as it was then. We support better vision for all.
In the 21st Century we believe that nobody should be held back because of impaired vision.
Rooted in tradition, we bring the best of our experience to bear on very modern professions. We seek to inspire future generations committed to visionary eye care, building on our rich heritage of almost 400 years.
We’re interested in everything that can be done to prevent unnecessary sight loss, increase access to work and leisure for people with partial or full sight loss and enhance active living.
You don’t have to make spectacles or work in eye health to join our Company. Our members come from a wide range of professions. Their reach spreads far out from the City of London, right across the world.
Find out more – even better, come and join us!
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United Guilds Service at St Paul’s Cathedral
A blast of colour and an expression of thanksgiving for the Livery Companies of the City. Please contact the Clerk for more information – we have only a very small number of tickets.
Eye-to-Eye: tbc, 6.30-7.30pm via Zoom
The Livery Dinner
The 2023 Livery Dinner promises a fabulous evening in a glittering Livery Hall. Booking opens early in the New Year. Cost £175 per head.
June Court Luncheon
There’s no better place in the City in Summer than Apothecaries’ Hall Courtyard in sunshine. Booking will open in late April for Liverymen to reserve seats for the June Court Luncheon.
The Spectacle Makers’ Golf Day, Burford Golf Club, Oxfordshire
Open to Journeymen, Freemen, Liverymen and their families and friends. Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll add you to the list!
The Master’s Weekend
The Master invites Freemen, Liverymen & their guests to spend a weekend together – or just opt in for one or more of the activities organised between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. The main event is a black-tie dinner on Saturday evening. This year we will be based in Surrey. More details to follow in […]
Annual Presentation Ceremony
A highlight of our calendar! We’ll be making awards and welcoming new Journeymen, Freemen, Freemen of the City and Liverymen. Invitations will go out over the summer. Please contact the office for more details.
Annual Service, Installation of the Master and Wardens and Court Luncheon
Our Annual Service of Remembrance, Thanksgiving and Rededication, during which the new Master and Wardens make their Declarations and are installed in office, will take place at St Bride’s Church, Fleet St, at 11.30am. The Service is open to all. The Installation Court Luncheon will follow straight afterwards at Apothecaries’ Hall (seats bookable only by […]
In 2020, the then Guild of Human Resource Professionals helped our Court to develop a new Code of Conduct. It supports our 4 core values: Integrity, Inclusivity, Impartiality & Improved Vision for All. In 2022, we were delighted to see the Guild become the Company of Human Resource Professionals.
Contact us by calling +44 (0) 20 7236 2932.