The mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark.
Southwark Cathedral is a parish church which became a cathedral early in the 20th century. St Swithin of weather fame founded a convent on the site which later became a monastery. Henry VIII's closure of the priory led to the main building becoming the parish church. William Shakespeare is believed to have been present when John Harvard, founder of the American university, was baptised here in 1607. This is the year that William's own brother Edmond was buried between the choir stalls. Nearby is the Shakespeare memorial.
The Millennium Project development to the north of the cathedral includes a refectory and a shop with specially commissioned Southwark products. The cloister style courtyard is on the site of the original cloister in use when Southwark Cathedral was a riverside priory. The old and new buildings are separated by an ancient alleyway which has reopened as a glazed street called Lancelot's Link.
On Sundays the main choral eucharist is at 11am.
Tel: (020) 7367 6700
Open: Cathedral daily 8am-6pm; Refectory Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm; Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
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News & features about Southwark Cathedral
- Local firms compete in pancake races at Borough Market and More London (18 Feb 2015)
- A Nativity scene with a difference at Southwark Cathedral (24 Dec 2014)
- Borough Market Christmas lights switched on (4 Dec 2014)
- Former City Lord Mayor is Southwark's Guildable Manor foreman (13 Nov 2014)
- Remembrance Sunday 2014: pictures & audio (10 Nov 2014)
- Lord Mayor's Show features Thames flotilla and Bermondsey choir (10 Nov 2014)
- Luxury flats next to Shard to complete Renzo Piano 'trilogy' (5 Nov 2014)
- 'Real' Apple Store turns heads at Borough Market autumn celebration (27 Oct 2014)
- Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment parade in Borough High Street (24 Oct 2014)
- Revd Jonathan Sedgwick is new St George the Martyr parish priest (20 Oct 2014)
- Canon Michael Rawson to be cathedral sub-dean & St Hugh's priest (30 Sep 2014)
- Southwark Cathedral installs new canon and minor canons (14 Sep 2014)
- New rector for Christ Church Southwark (6 Sep 2014)
- Gas firm starts 14 weeks of roadworks around Borough Market (31 Aug 2014)
- Council rejects call for riverside open space to be shut at night (29 Aug 2014)
- 25 years on: Marchioness river disaster victims remembered (20 Aug 2014)
- The Times moves to Southwark (5 Aug 2014)
- Car rally and church services recall declaration of Great War (4 Aug 2014)
- 1,000th anniversary of destruction of London Bridge commemorated (30 Jul 2014)
- Borough Market begins Southwark's World War I commemorations (28 Jul 2014)
- Bankside buskers and entertainers could be licensed by council (24 Jul 2014)
- Southwark's cathedrals share £700k from WWI centenary fund (10 Jul 2014)
- Deacon James Sheahan retires from St George's Cathedral (8 Jul 2014)
- Sunday Service: photographing Southwark's black majority churches (5 Jul 2014)
- Swiss Railway Clock installed at Borough Market as Olympic legacy (25 Jun 2014)
Forum discussions about Southwark Cathedral
- All Hallows Church
- Cross Bones Gates and Garden
- What used to be where Pizza Express is?
- Southwark Leaders Debate 25th April 2014
- Brompton and unicycle refurb/service
- Hidden Southwark?
- Bells of SE1
- Waterloo Zeitgeist
- London Bridge area fireworks
- House of Switzerland
- Road-marking stencil for "Union Press" project
- Bermondsey Farmers' Market
- Shad Thames cobbles
- Thames Path/Shad Thames
- Are we electing a new Mayor?
- Maltby Street Revisited
- Borough Market
- NHS staff electoral challenge to Simon Hughes
- Verbal abuse in Southwark Cathedral
- Carols at Southwark Cathedral
Restaurants, pubs & bars close to Southwark Cathedral
- The Mudlark (28 yards)
- Cafe Brood (38 yards)
- Southwark Cathedral Refectory (42 yards)
- Boro Bistro (46 yards)
- The Guildable Manor (46 yards)
- Fish! (58 yards)
- Whiskey Ginger (58 yards)
- The Barrowboy and Banker (66 yards)
- Pizza Express (66 yards)
- Banana Store (70 yards)
- London Bridge Kebab (74 yards)
- fish!kitchen (76 yards)
- Hobbs (80 yards)
- The Globe Tavern (82 yards)
- Pret a Manger (90 yards)
- Bedales (96 yards)