Freemasons Arms

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Learn about the history of football as you watch the modern game at this Covent Garden sports bar. Read More


The Freemasons Arms pub in Covent Garden is a lasting tribute to the founders of the Football Association, who created the rules of the game more than 150 years ago.

The pioneers of football (soccer) met at the original Freemasons pub in 1863 to thrash out the laws of a game now played across the globe.

Today, there's Football Association memorabilia and the perfect set-up to enjoy televised football, alongside pub food and a large selection of drinks.

Opening Times

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 11.30pm

Friday to Saturday: 12pm to 11pm

Sunday: 12pm to 10.30pm

Venue Details & Map

Freemasons Arms

81-82 Long Acre
+44 (0)20 7836 3115
Public transport:
Covent Garden, Underground

Yelp Reviews

8.00 out of 5
based on 12 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Freemasons Arms

3.0 out of 5
20 October 2010
by Gina K.

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

4.0 out of 5
06 December 2010
by Craig M.

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

3.0 out of 5
30 January 2010
by Cate S.

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

5.0 out of 5
14 May 2014
by Josh E.

Popped in for a drink here some weeks ago. It was really nice to come across as traditional pub in this part of town. They served nice cold drinks which also an additional bonus! Definitely one ill pop into again. more

5.0 out of 5
19 July 2017
by Scott M.

Quintessential British Pub experience! I have had a lot of British "pub grub" but this my favorite. The Steak and Ale Pie is outstanding. Service is excellent. Definitely worth popping in for a pint. more

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