I have been to … the Grecian Masonic Temple in the former Great Eastern Hotel, LondonPosted: September 26, 2014
The Great Eastern Hotel flourished during the age of steam railways, but over the years it gradually became run down and the temple was taken out of use. It is reputed to have been ‘re-discovered’ when the old hotel was bought by designer Terence Conran for conversion into a boutique hotel. During the restoration the building engineers are supposed to have noticed several discrepancies when they compared the architectural plans of the original hotel and the rooms that they could enter. When they removed a wall that was not on the original plans they discovered a wood-panelled antechamber containing a studded double door … and when they opened the door they ‘discovered’ this Masonic temple.
It is a great story, but there are some doubts about its accuracy.
The Worshipful Master’s, the Senior Warden’s, and the Junior Warden’s chairs
Details from the wall frieze
The ceiling, with its plasterwork representations of the Square and Compasses and its marble lampshades
The central light with its five-pointed star and ladder going up to Heaven
The temple is no longer used for Masonic meetings, but is available for hire for functions.