Freemasons' Hall
Freemasons' Hall
4.5
Architectural BuildingsHistory Museums
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Freemasons’ Hall has been the centre of English Freemasonry for over 240 years. It is the meeting place for over 1,000 Masonic Lodges and the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, the first Grand Lodge in the world. The building, which is Grade II* listed, dates from 1927-1933, and has a richly decorated interior. The architects were H V Ashley and F Winton Newman. When the Grand Temple is not in use there are up to five tours per day. These tours are free, and each starts in the Library and Museum. Visitors should bring photographic ID which may be required to be shown before the tour commences. Please note: Freemasons’ Hall is not open on Sundays, public holidays, the Saturday preceding a Monday public holiday, or over the Christmas / New Year period. It is also not possible to hold tours when there are major events happening, some of which are arranged at short notice. If you are making a special trip to visit Freemasons' Hall then please contact us first.
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Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Holborn • 4 min walk
  • Covent Garden • 4 min walk
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Cathy T
London, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
I went to a concert by candlelight in the Freemasons hall. The hall was amazing and very atmospheric and the recital beautiful but the whole thing was ruined by 3 glaring bright white lights shining out from the stage. I thought they would be turned off when the performance started but they were not and the whole experience was ruined for me as they completely dominated the space.
Written October 17, 2021
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Dear Cathy, Many thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear that this ruined your enjoyment of the event. We have passed your feedback to the organisers and hope that you will come and visit us for the Belmont concerts in 2022.
Written February 1, 2022
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Dean S
213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I’m not a Freemason, but I have always been fascinated by the craft. I took the opportunity to visit Grand Lodge to look around the museum. Unfortunately I was short of time and would love to have spent much longer there, but what I did see was fascinating. A beautiful building with bags of interest. I applaud the Freemasons for allowing the public in and demystifying the subject to some “ degree “.
You need a couple of hours to take it all in. Sadly the cafe was closed for a private function, but I was in awe of the surroundings and the brilliant way in which the museum was set out. I was made to feel welcome and loved every minute of my stay.
Fantastic.
Written December 19, 2021
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Dear Dean, Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you liked the building. Please come back and visit soon so that you can enjoy our cafe and bar!
Written February 1, 2022
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Kenneth R
Jersey, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Great visit to this amazing building. Took the guided tour which lasted about an hour and the tour guide was so knowledgeable and very helpful. Building is just fantastic and the contents are incredible. This really is well worth a visit
Written February 6, 2020
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gerard
Ireland89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
As a tourist I walking past Freemasons Hall on Sunday 11 Sept . I was approached by a volunteer who explained that it was an open day with free entry to hall; thank you so much as I was totally unaware of the building’s significance and my visit was not planned.
What a wonderful experience ending with coffee in the beautiful cafe.
The courteous staff and volunteers are to be commended. So glad to discover this beautiful building.
Written September 11, 2022
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Freemasons' Hall really appreciates such wonderful reviews and enjoys taking part in Open House London. We are pleased to hear that you had such a good experience with our Freemason volunteers and staff, who love putting on the event!
Written November 19, 2022
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Vierdank
Stockholm, Sweden5,150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Just happened to pass on Sept 11th to discover that the hall was - generally - open to the public for a period of time.
What a treat!
This is indeed an astonishing building and to be able to enjoy it as a non-Freemason was really great.
Many kind and helpful people in the building helped giving a broad picture of both the site and what the Freemasons actually do...

The museum part should be accessible even if the rest of the building is closed for the public.
Check with the office of the organisation.
Written September 24, 2022
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Thank you so much for your review above - we are glad that you liked Freemasons' Hall - it really is a stunning building. Non-masons are very welcome to visit the hall
Written November 19, 2022
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Robert B.
San Jose, CA30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I visited the Freemason’s Hall Museum in October 2022 to view the museum, and thought it was interesting enough that I brought my wife in October 2023. I really appreciated the chance to learn more about what Freemasonry is, the organization’s origins, and how it was involved in British and colonial history. More importantly, it got me thinking a lot about how fraternal organizations get started, and how such groups change over time. I had no knowledge of Freemasonry or other fraternal orders and I’m not sure I’d ever be a likely member, but I still found the museum compelling and interesting. I also came out with a much more positive and fact-based knowledge about the group.

As visitors, we had access to two rooms with lots of artifacts and exhibits, very good audio/video players (that also gave some commentary from individual Masons about why they like Freemasonry), a typical lodge arrangement, the organization's library, and the beautiful art deco main auditorium. The exhibits gave a good overview of the history of Freemasonry from informal groups meeting at all sorts of pubs across London through standardization, expansion out into the British colonies, and modern Freemasonry. There was also a fair amount on the ritual and artifacts of Freemasonry.

The museum was pretty quiet both times we visited. It was a nice break after visiting packed places like the British Museum. The member’s cafe downstairs was very much a space for the members, and felt a little like invading the cafeteria for an office or a university faculty club, but the staff and members were friendly even though we obviously were visitors.
Written December 2, 2023
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Amy Jiang
Greater London, UK2,314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Came for a candlelight concert by Gunel Mirzayeva and was not disappointed by the atmosphere of the building. Looked very grand and structured on the outside, but was delighted to see wonderful architecture inside through the half moon marble staircase and incredible glass designs in the performance hall! Beautiful artwork and illustrations makes it incredible. Took a brief look around and was cool to explore such a rich part of British history that is still going on today!
Written April 1, 2023
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LarryEeles
Royston, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
Popped along for a meeting. This was my first time visiting and the grandeur of the place is second to none. Food and drink were very reasonable priced and museum was a must. Open to the public for viewings and tours, will be coming back with the wife in the future.
Written April 17, 2022
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Freemasons' Hall is one of the most beautiful art deco style buildings in London and we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written November 19, 2022
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Richard F
Redditch, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Highly recommend that you book a tour of the building.

The guide was welcoming and although taking us through a prepared presentation was perfectly willing to take questions and adjust the tour to show items of additional interest.

We were a small party and that may not always be possible
Written March 12, 2023
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Snowdrop683
Norwich, UK129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
This is a really nice place and is open to the public, you don't need to be a Mason to visit. The museum is very interesting but unfortunately I wasn't able to get into the hall as it was closed for a private function. The hall dates of opening are available each Monday if this is on your list.
Written March 10, 2022
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Freemasons' Hall is open to all! We are always happy to welcome members of the public into the building to show off its stunning architecture. It was a shame you did not get to see the Grand Temple, as this is the jewel in the crown of the building, we hope to see you back again soon!
Written November 19, 2022
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