The Kingsway Hall
, built in 1912, was the home of the West London Mission
of the Methodist Church
, and eventually became one of the most important recording venues for classical music
and film music
. Among the prominent Methodists associated with the Kingsway Hall was Donald Soper
, who was Superintendent Minister at the West London Mission from 1936 until his retirement in 1978.
Kingsway Hall took its name from the street on to which its main entrance opened. The address was West London Mission, 75 Kingsway, London WC2.
In 1899, the London Council was given the power to proceed with major slum clearance in the area between Holburn and the Strand. The Methodist Church, which had operated the West London Mission from 1887, had land with a chapel on it, and decided to construct a new building. The Wesleyan Chapel at 67 Great Queen Street was renamed as Kingsway Hall in April of 1907, but that building was also condemned by the London Council as part of the clearance.
A new seven-story building called Wesley House was home to the West London Mission until 1972 when it merged with the Hinde Street Methodist Chapel (a merger not completed until 1982). Wesley House included a youth club, religious meeting rooms, a luncheon club, mission offices, and accommodation for resident staff. <!-- The next sentence is a mess; I can't fix it because I can't tell what it's trying to say.--> Adjacent to Wesley House and with a frontage on to Kingsway the... Read More