In Pictures: The Masonic Temple Of Liverpool Street

Inside the Andaz Liverpool Street hotel lays an oppulent room of marble and gilt. This stunning space is a masonic temple, which remained forgotten and walled off for decades before its rediscovery during a 1990’s refurbishment.

The Andaz itself is an impressive mixture of Victorian craftsmanship and modern interiors. The hotel, originally the Great Eastern, was built by Charles Barry Jnr, son of the architect of the Houses of Parliament. Barry also crafted the temple, at a cost of some £50,000 (around £4 million in today’s reckoning). The room reportedly contains 12 types of marble, as well as a golden pipe organ and mahogany furniture.

Today the room is used as an events venue. If you don’t move in circles swanky enough to be invited along to such things, you can normally get a peek inside the temple on Open House weekends every September. But click through the gallery above for a taster.

The Andaz hotel can be found at 40 Liverpool Street.


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  • Jerry Jones

    What a wonderful temple – I wonder if there are lodges that would like to use it for London meeting.

    • Nope

      it is actually used for lodge meetings by several masonic bodies. It is available for rent :)

    • Denis Eagles

      My father was a member of ‘Borough of Shoreditch Lodge No 3064′ and I attended a meeting in the Grecian Temple at some time during the late 70’s or early 80’s. I was given a booklet on the Temple written by W.Bro. A.W. Joyce 13th October 1972. It was a great privilege to visit and see such a remarkable Temple.

  • irene lyon

    I was just reading about the Masonic Temple being walled off and forgotten for decades until the 1990’s – I worked in the ‘Great Eastern Hotel’ for six years until 1981 and both the Grecian and Egyptian temples were in use at that time.
    I would love to visit the place again.

  • Adam

    It is available to book, but v pricey!