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Great Queen Street, WC2
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
The Freemason's Hall was first built in the aftermath of the First World War, as a memorial to the masons who lost their lives. It is the Grand Lodge and central meeting point for the 8,500-odd Masonic lodges that are dotted around the whole of the UK.
The Freemasons organisation has its origins in the 16th century traditions of the stone masons who built Britain's cathedrals. Traditionally a secretive organisations, in the late 1980s the Freemasons came under increasing public pressure to be more open about their activities.
And as a result they now offer tours of this hall, worth seeing for the opulent interior which is laden with symbolism. Opposite the hall are shops selling all manner of Masonic merchandise and souvenirs.
The Freemasons' Hall is open daily except for Sundays, from 10am-5pm. Free guided tours are available.
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