One of the columns in the Illustrated London News was titled “Metropolitan News” – and the following snippet appeared in the issue from 18 May 1844:
On Wednesday evening the Lord Mayor entertained her Majesty’s Ministers, and several members of both houses of Parliament, at dinner, in the Egyptian Hall, at the Mansion-House [= i.e. the residence of the mayor of London]. Among the guests, who were very numerous, we observed the Lord Chancellor, Lord Wharncliffe, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Earl of Lincoln, Earl Delawarr, Earl of Devon, Earl of Shaftesbury, Earl of Jersey, Earl Jermyn, Lord S. Somerset, Viscount Barrington, Lord Canning, Lord Ashley, Lord Eliot, the Bishop of Llandaff, Sir Robert Peel, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Monteagle, Sirs G. Murray, James Graham, E. Knatchbull, Mr. E. Gladstone, Sir J. Nicholl, Captain Gordon, &c. All the leading members of the Corporation were also present.
(I assume that “Corporation” refers to the Corporation of London, the local government.)