Esoteric London

No. 916: Atlantic Road, SW9

Posted in Lettering, London Places, London Types by esotericlondon on September 2, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_3864 copy

Atlantic Road, London, SW9. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Dinners and Diners, Where and How To Dine in London – Lieut.-Col. Newnham-Davis, 1899:

The Freemasons’ Tavern (Great Queen Street)

Great Queen Street is quite a Masonic quarter, for opposite to the Tavern are two shops in which there is a brave show of Masonic jewellery, great candelabra, pillars, swords, highly-coloured pictures, and other adjuncts of Masonry. A humble house of refreshment, which also appeals to Freemasons for custom, faces the Tavern. The Tavern is not what the name implies. It is a restaurant, with a public dining-room, with a fine ballroom, and with many private dining-rooms. Its outside is imposing. Two houses stand side by side. One is of red brick, with windows set in white stone, and is Elizabethan in appearance. The other, of grey stone, is of a style of architecture which might be called “Masonic.”

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