The Masonic Temple inside the Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street was the only place during Open House London where I was required to queue to get in. When the hotel was sold for refurbishment it was so run down that the previous owners had no idea that this Grade II listed marble temple built in 1912 was boarded up behind a fake wall.
The temple was built with 12 different types of marble from Italy and was designed by Charles Barry Jr (son of Charles Barry who designed the Houses of Parliament). It’s accessed via a nice winding staircase and was considered to be one of the grandest of the Masonic temples having cost the equivalent of £4 million to build.
It’s a lovely room though quite dark and my photos really didn’t come out very well. Definitely worth popping in during Open House London, you can find some more photos here.