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“Far More Interesting Than I Expected.”

Wesley's Chapel & Museum of Methodism
Ranked #181 of 1,815 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Museum of Methodism tells the history of Methodism from John Wesley to the present day and its contribution to shaping Britain's political and social history. John Wesley's House stands next to the Chapel. His home for over a decade it is one of the finest surviving small Georgian townhouses in London. Wesley's Chapel has a thriving Methodist congregation in the heart of London with a full programme of services and events throughout the week. Please note that groups larger than 6 people must book in advance. Last entry is at 3.30pm.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed February 24, 2013

My visit here was only intended to be brief, an adjunct to my main aim, which was to see Bunhill Fields Burial Ground..
However, I spent a bit over 2 hours here. The Chapel is a superb example & far more ornate than John Wesley left it., thanks to the many ornamental additions provided thanks to generous donations. ( I wondered how he would feel about that )
A very pleasant Lady greeted me as soon as I entered the Chapel & gave me a quick tour, pointing out some interesting facts & then left me to absorb the atmosphere & study the fabric of the building.
The adjoining Foundery is a much plainer, simpler room & it is easier to visualise Wesley in these surroundings.
Wesley's house has recently been restored & it is an excellent period piece-the work is not quite done but the guide still provided a tour.
The garden at the rear of the Chapel contains quite a few graves & of course John Wesley's, too. Being surrounded by modern, reflective glass covered buildings makes for some interesting camera shots.
A real bonus to a visit here is the unexpected gem of the Toilets that serve the Chapel. They are a magnificent example of the Victorian Age, with Marble floors, urinals, hand basins etc & also the original toilets & cisterns. ( I can vouch for the Men's facilities but it must be for a Female reviewer to check out the Ladies. )
All of the above is free to view but of course,, a donation is appreciated.

1  Thank keith h
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

For anyone interested in the founder of the Methodist movement, this has to be on your list of things to do in London. We went with a group, and the staff were very accommodating with all of us. There were very informative guides throughout Mr. Wesley's home sharing interesting tidbits about its furnishings and its owner. The highlight for me was the prayer room, the smallest room in the house but most powerful when you consider the prayers prayed in that place. The chapel was beautiful in its simplicity, and the museum was small but interesting.

1  Thank Carness V
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

John Wesley was quite an incredible man and where better to learn about him than at his London home, and the place of his worship. The guides reveal some special and interesting details about Wesley, the Chapel and museum. Tucked away near the historic Bunhill Fields this free attraction leaves you with some special memories

1  Thank Nick H
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Reviewed October 27, 2006

This wasn't on our list of 'must see' attractions while we were in London, but now we are so glad we went. We had an hour or two to kill before lunch and this was a great way to spend it.

We were given a great tour by the volunteer workers there and it gave a great history of London as well from a spiritual perspective. We saw the original organ that was used by Charles Wesley in writing his famous hyms. Some in our small tour group even were allowed to play it. After the tour of the church (and grave yard) itself we were led to the basement where there was a museum style historical overview of the Wesley brothers and the start of Methodism and it's history since then. After that we toured the Wesley house (on the church property) and that gave some interesting insights into how people lived at that time.

While you are there make sure to go across the street to the 'Dissenters Graveyard' to see where John Bunyon and others are buried.

Great relaxing tour and different side of London that's worth visiting!

6  Thank Lark1010
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