Inside Views: Inferno

The home of Inferno (31 Great Queen Street) is steeped in some pretty impressive history. It was once the address of visionary poet and printmaker William Blake. He called this spot home for seven years as a teenager from 1772, serving an apprenticeship under James Basire, engraver to the Royal Society of Antiquaries.

The current building was constructed in the 1920’s by the Freemasons whose Grand Lodge is situated directly opposite (they also own most of the street). For many years it was home to the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and there is rumoured to be an underground tunnel between the two which was used to transport money to the vault in the basement. The building was vacated by the RMTGB in 2009 when the Freemasons’ charities were centralised within the Grand Lodge. Inferno are their first tenants.

As you can see from the ‘before’ pictures its gone through quite a facelift. Inferno has done a really beautiful job of creating something modern and fresh, whilst still holding onto some of the history that the building oozes. What really makes it special is the attention to detail such as the painstakingly hand-painted meeting room names, and of course being on Great Queen Street, they are all named after Great Queens such as Victoria and Cleopatra. My personal favorites have to be the bar and cafe areas, affectionately known as Elton’s and Quentin’s respectively.