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Dating back to the 13th century, the Southwark Cathedral towers above Borough Market as a reminder of early medieval Christianity in London. It is known for its war-related stained-glass windows among an array of ornate treasures. Attend one of the regular organ recitals and other concerts to fully appreciate the church’s excellent acoustics.
Study the colorful panels of the stained-glass windows, which allow light into the airy cathedral. The window in the St. Francis of Assisi and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Chapel was a thanksgiving gift for World War I. See the glass depiction of Mary, Joseph and Jesus in St. Christopher’s Chapel and the presentation of the Baby Jesus to a priest in the Lady Chapel. These windows were also gifts relating to World Wars I and II.
Admire the vast arches and pillars flanking the tall nave. Inspect the memorial window that serves as a tribute to William Shakespeare. See the Baroque ecclesiastical relics in the Harvard Chapel, named for the famed university founder. It is believed Shakespeare was present here for the baptism of John Harvard.
Enjoy the serene ambiance in the churchyard, which has a cloister design and a functional herb garden. Head to the cathedral shop that stands beside the River Thames. It sells books, jewelry and ecclesiastical souvenirs, along with mementos of the site’s feline mascot Doorkins Magnificat.
Consider the long and interesting history of the site, which was mentioned in the 11th-century Domesday Book. It was rebuilt in the 1200s, following a fire, before being renovated several more times over the centuries.
Note that the site, which is free to enter, is open for worshippers and general visitors Monday through Saturday from morning until late afternoon. On Sundays, arrive after midday.
Southwark Cathedral is near the southern end of London Bridge in the center of the city. Ride a bus to a nearby stop or take the Tube to London Bridge station or a boat to London Bridge pier. Wander through the area to see Borough Market, the replica of the Francis Drake ship the Golden Hinde and the Clink Prison Museum.
Located in London City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes. Waterloo Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and Lambeth North Underground Station is 6 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Tower of London and London Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Aldgate East Station and Aldgate Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, London Bridge and HMS Belfast. Globe Theatre and Tate Modern are also within 1 mi (2 km). London Bridge Station is only a 2-minute walk and London Bridge Underground Station is 2 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Shard and Borough Market. London Bridge and Sky Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km). Borough Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and London Bridge Underground Station is 9 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, The Gherkin and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and Liverpool Street are also within 15 minutes. Tower Hill Station and Tower Gateway Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Modern, Borough Market and St. Paul's Cathedral. The Shard and London Eye are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southwark Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Blackfriars Underground Station is 10 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Borough Market, The Shard and London Bridge. Tate Modern and Globe Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Borough Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and London Bridge Underground Station is 7 minutes.
Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London. Tower Bridge and The British Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Blackfriars Underground Station and St. Paul's Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.