In June the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden opened it’s doors to the public to mark the 300th anniversary of the world’s first masonic grand lodge opening. I had missed the opportunity to visit this Art Deco building during last year’s Open House London weekend so I was glad to have another chance to have a snoop around inside.
After passing through the main entrance, visitors were directed up the staircase to the Vestibules and Grand Temple.
The Grand Temple was definitely the highlight of my visit to the Freemasons’ Hall. It provides a meeting place for the various Masonic Lodges with seating for 1700 people.
It’s also used for other events including fashion shows, concerts and award ceremonies.
The ceiling of the Grand Temple is full of Masonic imagery and symbolism. The figures in each corner represent the four cardinal virtues - Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, and Justice. The celestial sky is at the centre.
After leaving the Grand Temple I passed through the Drawing Room which includes some of the portraits from the Grand Lodge collection.
Many symbols are used as decorative features in the Freemasons’ Hall. The star was one that I noticed frequently on ceilings and floors throughout the building.
If you’d like to visit the Freemasons’ Hall, they often run free tours when the Grand Temple is not in use. Check out their website for more information, or keep an eye out on this year’s Open House London programme to see if it will be open on 16th-17th September.