2020 Sponsorship

Why become a sponsor of Reflections of The Lord Mayor?

Reflections of The Lord Mayor is a unique new London tradition that celebrates both the capital’s heritage and contemporary London life. Established in 2014, it is an opportunity to hear a former Lord Mayor of the City of London reflect on their year as holder of one of the oldest continuously elected civic offices in the world, with a history dating back to the 12th century. In 2020, our Reflections speakers are Sir Charles Bowman and Sir Peter Estlin, the 690th and 691st Lord Mayors of London. This is a first for Reflections, and we are privileged to welcome two former office holders for an evening of wide-ranging recollections in the stunning and historic setting of Guildhall.

Reflections is a non-profit event, with surplus from ticket sales, advertising and sponsorship going to charities nominated by our Lord Mayor speakers. As such, Reflections of the Lord Mayor offers a range of opportunities to align your brand with an event that celebrates both an important part of the capital’s heritage and its contemporary business and community life.  

While the event has the office of Lord Mayor at its heart, another important element is celebrating professional talent and inspiring young people to engage with their community and heritage. In 2017, the first professional Roundel competition was held, helping to celebrate the ancient art of stained-glass painting and design, and stimulate interest in its contemporary practice. This has been expanded to engage with young people via separate amateur competitions for Primary age children and Sea Cadets in the London region. In both cases, we have been privileged to have the support of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass and Barley Studios, a leading exponent of contemporary stained and painted glass.  

This year, once again, musicians from Royal College of Music Junior Department will be performing for guests. We will be introducing the 2020’s recipient of the  Reflections of The Lord Mayor Junior Musician Award in Music who will be performing several pieces at this Gala Evening.  

The combination of contributions to Lord Mayor-nominated charities (this year three have been nominated) and competition with prizes for schools, Junior Sea Cadets and professional practitioners of stained glass adds a ‘giving back’ element to proceedings that meets Reflections’ aim to celebrate civic life and the life of the capital.

A unique and intimate London event

The 2020 event takes place in June at the Old Library and Print Room at the Guildhall London – the City’s ancient town hall. With awe-inspiring architecture and and a real sense of history, this location is the background for an evening like no other. Alongside a networking reception, fine dinner and engaging speeches, the occasion is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the contemporary relevance of the Lord Mayor’s role, and on the value and global reach of London’s civic and community life.

The atmosphere and ambience is relaxed and convivial, with the audience maintained at a size that ensures guests feel party of an intimate gathering. Our atmosphere is enhanced by the rich diversity of our attendees. Alongside key representatives from City banks and businesses, academia, and industry, guests include distinguished representatives of London Embassies, High Commissions and Livery Companies.

Roundel Competitions

The Roundel Competitions have become an important element of Reflections of the Lord Mayor and provide unique mementos of each year’s event as well as an opportunity to encourage engagement with civic life and inspire artists.

The first Roundel Competition was introduced in 2017. It came about as a result of our wish to provide a unique keepsake to our Lord Mayor speaker. With the blessing of former Lord Mayor and then Master Glazier, Sir David Wootton and the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass, an open competition was launched, attracting talented professional stained and painted glass artists from across the UK. We had wholehearted support, too, from Helen Whittaker of Barley Studios, York, our Chair of Judges for the Roundel Competition and a distinguished practitioner with an international reputation.

The following year, we set out to engage young people in both the civic life of London and this ancient art form, launching Schools and Sea Cadets competitions. Young people were asked to design a roundel on paper as their competition entry. While winning professional stained glass artists had the opportunity to create a roundel that would be presented to the Lord Mayor, for young artists the prize was to see their design interpreted in stained glass by Barley Studios.

The competition goes from strength to strength and we are delighted to have ongoing support from a City Livery Company and a leading stained glass studio to help us inspire talented artists and young people alike.

Sponsorship benefits

The event’s success year after year ensures that we draw an affluent and influential audience, providing excellent exposure for sponsors and supporting organisations. It is the perfect opportunity to:


Support London civic life

The event has been praised for its contribution to the legacy of the Mayoralty and to the fabric of the City of London. The event’s founder, Chris Seow, is himself a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London.

Raise your brand profile

Sponsors and supporters have the opportunity to associate their brand with this prestigious new London tradition, with exposure in all in event-related marketing collateral before, during and after Reflections.


The intimate nature of the guest list makes this a golden opportunity to network with business and civic leaders from the City.

Other supporter opportunities

We offer other opportunities to support this event, from advertising in the Reflections programme given to all attendees to gifts for guests’ goody bags. Please contact us for more information.

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