The Victorian-built Freemasons Arms pub in Covent Garden is a lasting tribute to the founders of the Football Association 150 years ago.
The pioneers of soccer met at the original Freemasons pub over six evenings in the autumn of 1863 to thrash out the laws of a game now played in more than 200 countries across the globe.
Today, the Freemasons Arms celebrates its historic location with a display of Football Association memorabilia and the perfect set-up to enjoy televised football in the modern era.
The bar has six high-definition plasma TV screens featuring all the top matches, with a split feed so it is possible to show two games simultaneously.
There's even a special Match Day menu, consisting of hearty snacks such as burgers, sausages, chicken wings, chips and nachos.
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Handy for wifi but that's it. There appears to be a "manager" who tries to look like a tousled rugby player and cannot even tuck his shirt in. Big screen for football but it is more concerned with serving food than drinks (it's a pub!!!). At weekends the staff are busier serving tourists eating. Oh, and the bar staff are banned from smiling or laughing at jokes. If you don't like your...more
One of my favourites in the area.
Big, spacious with plenty of seating - it's the ideal pre/post-theatre drinking spot. Good for sports too.
They serve Oranjeboom on tap, which is always a pleasure.
Don't be surprised if you see some odd/smug looking chaps all dressed in suits with black ties appear and congreagate near the door. They're the actual Freemasons from the Lodge across the road....more
I don't really hangout at pubs because they can be a little too dingy. But this pub is actually quite nice, even though old it's fitted with 5-6 flat screens and my personal favorite... Clean!
The tables in the corners are elevated which are nice when you're scouting for the friend you're meeting. And I love that it's close enough to Covent Garden for shopping but far enough away to keep...more
Bigger than The Sun and not as scary as O'Neils, this is one of the best bars to go to on Long Acre. Plus, it's just far away enough from Covent Garden that most of the tourists don't know about it - which is good.
Although it can get very busy on Friday evenings, they have a great selection of beer, including Oranjeboom on draft. The staff are friendly, the drinks are moderately priced, and...more
One of my local hangouts when I lived in Covent Garden. Lots of characters frequent this pub. Great place to people watch or make new, interesting friends.
Many people do not know this but in 1863 The Football Association (The FA) was founded at this pub! There are lots of cool photos of football history adorned throughout the bar as well as a big screen with Sky Sports on most of the time.more