In 1898, the Wesleyan Methodist Church
set up the '20th Century Fund' with the
aim of raising '1 million guineas from 1
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
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
Wesley's Café (in basement) Monday–Friday 8am–4pm;
Sunday: 11am (in Great Hall); 5.30pm
Also Early Holy Communion
on 2nd Sunday of month in Chapel.
See www.c-h-w.co.uk for midweek Bible study,
worship and healing services. There are regular organ recitals on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
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.