60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.
+44 (0) 20 7831 9811
The closest tube stations are Holborn, Covent Garden and Leicester Square
Freemasons’ Hall is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. Grand Lodge has been in Great Queen Street since 1775, the present Hall being the third building on the site. Built between 1927–1932 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War, it is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England, and is now Grade II* listed internally and externally. In addition to the Grand Temple (seating 1,700) there are 21 Lodge Rooms, a Library and Museum, Board and Committee Rooms and administrative offices. It is within walking distance of Covent Garden, the Inns of Court, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Old Bailey, the Strand, Trafalgar Square and many of the sights of central London.
For more than a decade Freemasons’ Hall has been available as a location for film and television productions and for photographic shoots.
Television work has run from Poirot and Jeeves and Wooster, through one-off dramas, including the award-winning Churchill: The Gathering Storm with Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, Shackleton with Kenneth Branagh and The Lost World; advertisements and pop promo videos including Westlife’s Mandy, to appearing in every episode of the popular BBC series Spooks, Hustle, the recent Richard Curtis TV Film Girl in the Café and the new Stephen Poliakoff TV series Friends and Crocodiles.
Feature films include Wings of a Dove, Cody Banks 2, Johnny English, The Saint, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Basic Instinct II: Risk Addiction starring Sharon Stone and the upcoming Penelope starring Reese Witherspoon. We were also used as the backdrop for the 2006 Aquascutum campaign starring Pierce Brosnan.
Freemasons’ Hall is the perfect setting for a range of events including product launches, fashion shows, conferences, drink receptions and dinner dances. With previous events including parties for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film premiere, King Kong film premiere and Monty Python’s Spamalot opening night party, it is a venue with an established and well respected reputation.
In 2003, 2004 and 2005 Freemasons’ Hall was nominated by the industry as one of the top London locations for availability, accessibility and services offered to film makers. In 2005 we successfully hosted events for London Fashion Week and the Lancome Design Awards. In 2006 we hosted the Julien MacDonald Fashion Show and the Alternative Hair Show.
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry houses one of the finest collections of Masonic material in the world. It is open to the public, Monday to Saturday, free of charge.
The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII are on display together with examples from the Museum’s extensive collection of prints and engravings, photographs and ephemera.
The Library and Archives are open for reference use. They contain a comprehensive collection of printed books and manuscripts on Freemasonry in England as well as material on Freemasonry elsewhere in the world and on subjects associated with Freemasonry or with mystical and esoteric traditions.
Regular exhibitions are hosted throughout the year, for which further information can be found on the web site of the Library and Museum.