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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published August 26th 2011

There are plenty of sights to see in London, a lot of which you can find in your bog-standard guide book, yet many of the really interesting places to see are left to you to dig out for yourself. On my trip to the LSO rehearsal venue at St. Luke's, I noticed this rather interesting chapel belonging to John Wesley.

The chapel is actually a combination of different styles, being both Victorian and Georgian. Though it may appear to be a museum (actually the museum is located in the crypt), as well as Wesley's House itself, the church is still fully functional and in use every Sunday for service.

So who was John Wesley? Easy, he was the founder of the religion Methodism, and the chapel was his purpose-built place of prayer. The chapel is these days considered to be a fine piece of period architecture, so well worth a look if you're in the area.

Another fine example of architecture is situated right next to the Chapel itself - John Wesley's House. Deemed to be one of the finest Georgian townhouse examples still standing in London, the real excitement comes from exploring the interiors, which still contain many of Wesley's personal belongings and furniture, giving you a real feel for what it would have been like living in the London of a couple of hundred years ago.

So, should you be interested in the Methodist religion, or want to know more about it, or simply an enthusiast of important periods of history, it is worth taking some time to come and explore Wesley's Chapel, where history really is all around you.

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Why? To discover some of the finest examples of Period architecture in London
When: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 12.30pm - 1.45pm (Closed every Thursday between 12.45 & 1.30pm (for service) also between Christmas & New Year, Public & Bank Holidays, except Good Friday.)
Where: Wesley's Chapel & Leysian Mission, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU
Cost: Free (though donations are welcomed)
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