Wesley's Chapel was built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. It was designed by the architect George Dance the Younger, surveyor to the City of London.
Wesley described his Chapel as 'perfectly neat but not fine'. It is one of London's undiscovered architectural jewels, a fine example of Georgian architecture and a grade I-listed building. It was the first Methodist Church to be built specifically for the celebration of Holy Communion as well as for preaching services.
The grounds of the Chapel are now public gardens but were originally part of the cemetery where early Methodists are still laid to rest. There is a memorial to John Wesley’s mother Susanna and a commemorative elm tree to Wesley.
Wander through the tranquil green refuge of the chapel gardens and escape the bustle of City Road. Visit the Physic Garden at the front of John Wesley's House, learn how common herbs were used for medicinal purposes in the 1700s and see our beautiful fuchsia trees.
Walk through the corridor of London plane trees, with irises, tulips and lilies through the seasons on either side, to the Chapel entrance and through to the cemetery gardens. There you can sit on one of our benches and survey the roses, lavenders and ivies.
Adrian and Dino