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Southwark Cathedral

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Address: London Bridge | Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, England
Phone Number: 020 7367 6700
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

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A beautiful and historic building with high tea

A must see Cathedral on the Southbank which also offers high tea. Enjoyed both immensely and would strongly recommend. And I am a coffee rather than a tea drinker!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Hazlet New Jersey USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A must see Cathedral on the Southbank which also offers high tea. Enjoyed both immensely and would strongly recommend. And I am a coffee rather than a tea drinker!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Took a tour of Southwark Cathedral, with tour guide Linda. Exceptionally interesting history of this beautiful building- lots of interesting facts about rebuilding and conservation issues. The Shakespeare Memorial and window commemorating his work is here, as is the tomb of his brother - both of course associated with the nearby Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker, who instigated the rebuilding of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Prayerful, peaceful and a moving service in this wonderful house of God’s in the Hayward Chapel The service was not rushed and pity not many other visitors attending the Cathedral join in this moving & prayerful service. After the service, there was an Organ Recital – “A Prelude and Fugue in C Minor”, which was very enjoyable and well attended... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Close to Borough Market and the Thames south side walks this elegant gem offers quietude and History and the discerning eye will be rewarded with memorials and dedications that bring local past centuries alive. The memorial to those lost nearby on the river in the Marchioness party boat disaster brings the historical connection closer to home. Light a candle and... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Likely to be nearly empty of visitors and easy to walk around. Quiet and eclectic e.g. Memorial for the Marchioness disaster.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Nice place to shelter from the cold wind, lovely stained glass windows and an orchestra and choir were practicing which added to the atmosphere. The minister and guides were on hand to answer any questions too

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Southwark Cathedral is near Borough Market, we visited in the afternoon after stopping for lunch in the market. This place is impressive, to say the least. I was surprised, with it being so fantastic inside and having such incredible history, that we were two of maybe only 10 visitors, when other churches are so packed out. But that was OK... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This lovely old building, officially known as The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St. Saviour and St. Mary Overie, serves as a parish church as well as a cathedral and the site is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in London. Nowadays it is rather hemmed in by many other more modern structures, and the Borough Market next... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Southwark Cathedral is very easy to get and is very close to lots of other places to visit. There is no charge to get in but if you want to take picture, which is why I was there, they ask you buy a permit for £2.50. I actually like the idea. The woman who took care of this also pointed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Well worth a visit. Tranquil, atmospheric and such beautiful architecture. I would recommend every one to visit this lovely church. It's a hidden gem. There is a café and little shop as well.

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Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighborhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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