The Freemasons Arms at 81 - 82 Long Acre, in London's Covent Garden, was, according to Eric S. Hill in Historical Britain, the venue for the first meeting of the Football Association, where the rules of football were first officially drawn up. The meeting was held on 26th of October 1863. The pub doesn't seem to make a big fuss about it's history, but the original rules are displayed on a wall, along with a picture of Bobby Moore holding up the World Cup.
The pub would be a good place for a football enthusiast to have lunch while visiting all the other better known sites of London which are close by.
Address: The Freemasons Arms, 81-82 Long Acre, London WC2E 9NG
Directions: Look for the junction between Long Acre and Drury Lane. Click here for an interactive map centred on the Freemasons Arms.
telephone: 0207 8363115