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Methodist Central Hall

In 1898, the Wesleyan Methodist Church set up the '20th Century Fund' with the aim of raising '1 million guineas from 1 million Methodists'.

A 50-volume 'Historic Roll' records all those who donated. £250,000 of the £1,075,727 raised was used to build this 'monumental memorial hall', which opened in 1912 and continues, as intended, to serve as a church and conference centre.

Designed by Edwin Rickards, the Great Hall seats 2,350 people and has a splendid, decorated ferroconcrete dome and 4,731 pipe organ. Meeting place of the inaugural General Assembly of the United Nations. Manning statue of John Wesley (marble, 19th century) on display.

Additional visitor information
Visitors' Centre
Coach access
Wesley's Café (in basement) Monday–Friday 8am–4pm; Saturday–Sunday 9am–4pm

Worship services
Sunday: 11am (in Great Hall); 5.30pm (in Chapel).
Also Early Holy Communion on 2nd Sunday of month in Chapel.
See for midweek Bible study, worship and healing services. There are regular organ recitals on the 3rd Sunday of the month. 

Friends of Westminster
Contact the church office: or 020 7654 3809

Also nearby
Faces Westminster Abbey & Wesley's memorial and Westminster School, where Charles Wesley was educated and his elder brother Samuel Wesley Junior was an 'usher' or master.


Storey's Gate
London SW1H 9NH

Opening times
Hall open daily: 9.30am–5.30pm (access may be limited by conference bookings)
Guided tours available daily 10.30am–4.30pm.
Group visits welcome by prior appointment.

Visitor Services Manager or Archivist
Tel: 020 7654 3826 Fax: 020 7222 6883
Website: and

Getting there [TQ298795]
Car: NB within the Congestion Charge zone, which operates Monday–Friday 7am–6.00pm.
Bus: nearest stops in Victoria Street, Parliament Street and Whitehall.
Train: nearest tube stations Westminster or St James' Park. Close to Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations.

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