The Guildhall - This building serves as a place of assembly to the different officers and liverymen of the city of London. The lord mayor gives a ball and entertainment there, in the month of November, to celebrate his election; and in this hall the king dines with that magistrate on his coming to the throne.—It is 150 feet in length, 48 wide, and 60 in height. In a kind of gallery are the figures of two giants of an enormous size, who represent an ancient Briton, and a Saxon. The walls are adorned with the portraits of William the III. queen Mary and queen Anne, of George I George II. queen Caroline, and their present Majesties. There are also the portraits of 22 judges, which were placed there as a memorial of their signal services performed by them to the city.
There is also, a noble statue in marble of William Beckford, who died during his second mayoralty in 1770, and a superb monument to William Pitt, earl of Chatham, which was erected in the year 1782.
This edifice serves also for the election of the lord mayors, sheriffs, members of parliament, &c. and here is held the courts of justice for the jurisdiction of the city.