Masonic Temple Secrets

December 26, 2014
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For many years, staff in the Great Eastern Hotel regularly walked past an off traffic searching wall, not aware of the items lay behind it. Throughout construction, someone searching in the blueprints observed there is yet another room which had lengthy been stored a secret… what maybe it was?

When the wall was destroyed, the heavy studded doorways that lay behind separated to show a luxurious mixture of Italian marble and checked flooring. Climbing down the temple’s spiral staircase provided a much better look at the stunning blue dome ceiling with gold zodiac detail, regal thrones and organ.

Built-in 1912 by Charles Craig Junior (the boy of Charles Craig, the architect accountable for the homes of Parliament’s design), the Grade ll-listed Greek Masonic Temple was where Freemasons attended their Lodge conferences. The Temple was initially chaired through the Queen’s cousin, Grand Master Duke of Connaught. Over the thrones may be the Latin inscription, “Avdi veda tace” (Hear, see, keep counsel).

And today this magnificent room is taking pleasure in a completely new chapter because the venue for various occasions. Here’s a rundown of some notable examples…

Fashion

Photo shoots

While digital photographer Markus Klinko was filming the truth show Double Exposure in '09, he captured pics of Rhianna for Hello Kitty’s 35th birthday. While using Masonic Temple’s marble posts, gold detailing and striking throne as his backdrop, the pop star sparkled within the gemstone-encrusted clothes and dramatic ball gowns created using stuffed Hello Cat dolls.

Fashion Week Occasions

Womenswear designer Daniel Blake revealed his collaboration with females for ladies Worldwide in 2013, holding the fundraiser event at our glamorous venue. Andaz is a host with other occasions surrounding Fashion Week, however for a personal viewing it might be a tall order to locate a location as special because this.

Music

Happens for a lot of live music performances, including jazz for that approaching Town of London festival, the Temple offers the audience by having an atmosphere that’s difficult to forget.

Paloma Faith’s single Can’t Depend for you was launched in Feb 2014 striking the charts having a funk-soul seem which was co-written and created by Pharrell Williams. Although some might suggest this Grecian backdrop doesn’t quite complement with her retro seem, we believe it’s the right dramatic setting on her personal style and her video.

Film tests

Our Temple gives an aura of mystery and – some might suggest – a little darkness. Within our partnership using the East Finish Film Festival and Propercorn, we have the perfect setting to look at some classic horror/mystery films to have an intimate screening – such as the Shining, Eyes Wide Shut and Rosemary’s Baby.

Mixing the suggestions above: mystery, glamour, music and cinema, Andaz is hosting Judex – a Murder Mystery Masquerade. Joined with East Finish Film Festival along with a Curious Invitation to create this classic to existence, the night starts having a screening from the film within the Masonic Temple. With Art Macabre appearing a scene in the film, DJs, jazz performances and lots of theatrical entertainment, Andaz will transform into an environment as unsettling and suspenseful because the film itself.

Whenever you think about the Masonic Temple’s regal throne, it’s not to think about the most popular Television show, Bet on Thrones! Cinemax should have thought exactly the same since it made the decision to celebrate the discharge of their season 4 on DVD, the following. So sets the theme for that pop-up banquet, All Males Must Dine! Visitors experienced a game title of Thrones style, 15-course meal cooked through the Wandering Chef (who're creative culinary masterminds Jamie Hazeel and Lalie Jacout), having a carefully selected cocktail menu fit for any king or full of Westeros. Watch the way the event unfolded within this video produced through the Connected Press.

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