The Freemasons' Tavern was established in 1775 at 61-65 Great Queen Street. It served as a meeting place for a variety of notable organisations from the eighteenth century until it was demolished to make way for the Connaught Hotel in 1909.
In 1769, the Grand Lodge decided to build a Central Hall. A building was purchased in Great Queen Street in 1775 and Thomas Sandby was tasked with building a hall in the garden. The original house became the tavern with a second house providing office space for the Freemasons.
The hall was not only used for Masonic purposes, but also became an important venue in London for a variety of meetings and concerts.
Organisations using the hall included:
- African Institution
- Anti-Slavery Society
- British and Foreign Bible Society
- Highland and Island Emigration Society
- The Football Association (FA) held its first meeting here on 26 October 1863
- "Freemasons’ Hall, London: A History". History of Freemasonry. Library and Museum Charitable Trust of the United Grand Lodge of England. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
- * Balfour, R.A.C. (1990–92). "The Highland and Island Emigration Society, 1852–1858". Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. LVII: 440.