Checking out: The Wesley Camden Town

The background

The Wesley is a boutique 38-bedroom hotel set within a still-working Methodist church, built in 1824. A local landmark, extensive renovation and refurbishment was completed in December 2022, using sustainably-sourced materials while retaining its historic façade and finishings.

The hotel very noticeably strives to be as green as possible and is committed to sustainable hotel operations. It has been recognised by Camden Council as a Carbon Champion and is the first hotel in the UK to receive the Social Enterprise Mark (in 2010).

To achieve this, it has the central aim of using income and profits to maximise positive social and environmental impact.

wesley exterior

The location

Right in the heart of Camden, seconds away from bars, restaurants and the famous Camden Lock and Market, we headed to the Roundhouse for a gig, just a 15 minute walk away.

The welcome/check-in

The check-in begins three days before our stay, when I receive an email asking for advance information and inviting me to check-in. I download the app on which I will also receive my mobile key, allowing me to open my room using my smart phone. It’s all very easy.

The app includes a list of room amenities for advance planning, and can be used to order room service, book a taxi, request a room clean or a wake-up call.

There is a guest assistance button with someone on hand to answer questions.

On the day we arrived, app in hand, I have the choice of using a Compass, Apple maps, or Google maps to find my way there. The reception desk is open 24 hours with friendly staff if help is needed.

wesley inset

The room

The room is small but has everything you need for a stay; tea making with fairtrade, organic Clipper products; a safe; clothes hanging area; hairdryer; big TV and a bed with linen so soft it feels like sinking into cotton wool. It is immaculate, fresh and modern, and incredibly quiet with not a sound to be heard – pretty amazing when you consider its location.

The bathroom has a large walk-in shower and toiletries by H2k botanicals. I’m surprised to see a shower cap but it’s made from PE and corn starch, with recycled packaging. I take it home for future use as it’s more robust than the nasty plastic ones.

The hotel’s green credentials ensure that these sorts of details are carefully thought out. The room lights go out after 25 minutes. There is an interesting article on the website explaining, in layman’s terms, how important it is to achieve net zero emissions, and what needs to be done.

Key facilities

Not much is needed when there are so many options on your doorstep in bustling Camden. A selection of complementary teas, biscuits, still and sparkling water dispenser, coffee machine (with a choice of oat or regular milk), is available in the reception area to help yourself to. There’s a large table and chairs for reading and working, and books on London, the local area and pop culture. On Sundays at 11am you can join the weekly service in the church on the lower ground floor.

The verdict

Brilliant location for a stay in a fun, happening part of London. Handy for the centre as well; Euston is a 10 minute walk away where you will also find sister hotel, The Wesley London Euston. Guests are very much encouraged to give feedback and leave reviews so they can continue to improve their services.

Where to book it?

T: 020 7380 0001