About the Trust

Promoting architecture in the Square Mile through talks and tours, managing Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar and supporting diversity in architecture


The TBT has been set up as a stand-alone Company of Limited Guarantee registered with the Charity Commission by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, a modern Livery Company. The Architects Company promotes quality architecture in the City of London and the architectural profession globally; it supports education through awards and prizes as well as a range of charities related to the City.

Royal Patron

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO


Sir Michael Bear
Sir Christopher Benson OAM DL
Lady Finch
Alderman Nicholas Lyons
Sheriff Christopher Hayward
Sir Peter Hendy CBE
Alderman William Russell President of Bread Street Ward
Sir Michael Savory


Peter Murray OBE | Chairman
Philip Cooper
Barry Munday
Geoffrey Purves
Richard Brindley
Andrew Reynolds
Michael Stiff
Lucy Bullivant
Martha Grekos
Nicholas Waring


The charitable objectives of the Temple Bar Trust are simply:

To advance for the public benefit by:

  • Education, knowledge and research in respect of the practice, science, art, history, conservation and preservation of architecture;
  • Education in respect of the architecture and history of the City of London; and
  • Education in respect of the historic structure of Temple Bar, including education as to the importance of its preservation and use and its heritage as the architectural gateway to the City of London.

Charitable Activities

The Temple Bar Trust will manage the both spaces leased from the Corporation of London and will use its surplus funds initiating architectural events at the Temple Bar and within the City. The Trust will specifically focus on supporting diversity in the architectural profession and promoting architecture to a wider public. Temple Bar was the traditional gateway to the City of London and will once again become a metaphorical gateway, a place where people can learn about the architecture and heritage before embarking on their visits and tours of the places and buildings of the Square Mile.

The Trust will host a regular programme of talks about architecture in the City aimed at a general audience and young people.

Capital and running expenses will be financed without borrowing by patronage, sponsorship and using the spaces for fine dining serviced by partnered caterers, business meetings, regular lectures on City architecture both historic and modern aimed at the public and tourists, and as a base for regular City guided tours.

Available Spaces

The Wren Room

Capacity: 34-50

The modern first floor accommodation in Paternoster Lodge, with is three tall windows also gives a splendid view of St Paul’s Cathedral. This space can be  used flexibly and can comfortably seat 34 in a meeting format or up to 50 in a lecture arrangement. 

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Temple Bar

Capacity: 16 people

The historic room above Temple Bar, which can dine up to 16 people around a single table with great views of St Paul’s Cathedral. This space is adaptable for private and corporate fine dining as well as meetings and small receptions in what is a unique space in a unique location.

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