My current one in use is the big chunky black one on the right. I got it for taking part in a virus testing week which my trust was promoting early in October. When the research nurses came to visit us to tell us about the campaign, the first question anybody asked was "Do you have any lanyards?". Happily, they'd ordered plenty so most of us in A&E are wearing them at the moment. And these are very good quality lanyards with a nice big clip and a long, wide strap. They sit really neatly around your neck.
The A&E Porters all have black HEMS lanyards with little red helicopters on them (HEMS is the emergency helicopter service, which is based at our hospital and which we're all very proud of). People really covet the HEMS lanyards, and if they were ever being given away there might be ugly scenes as I can imagine people might be tempted to snatch. I don't know how the Porters got theirs!
I also have a blue NHS one (which my friend Sue bought off Amazon - I somehow thought you might have to prove you worked for the NHS to get one, but no). Its a little too flimsy for A&E use, so it's retired at the moment but may well get used again in the future.
I have a very pretty Cath Kidston one too. Cath Kidston is on to a good thing with her branded lanyards as pretty much every single nurse I know owns at least one. I don't use this red one for work any more because it doesn't have a break-away clip at the back of the neck. Many drunk or agitated patients find a lanyard very tempting and will pull on them, so you really want a break-away clip. Happily Cath is now taking this into account and her new range of lanyards has safety clips at the back. I love this midnight blue one with stars, and this spotty pink one. I would love it if Kaffe Fassett or Orla Kiely started making lanyards.
Amazon has a few decent ones too. I like this blue one that simply says NURSE - it could be good when I am in my new job where everyone wears scrubs and it's difficult to remember who's a doctor, who's a healthcare assistant and who's a nurse. There's also this excellent pink one with an integral nurse's watch in it.