Today's services Mon, 22 Dec

08.00 1

Morning Prayer

08.15 1


12.30 1

Midday Prayer

12.45 1


Please note that tickets
for tonight’s Cathedral Carol Concert have sold out

Cathedral Carol Services and Midnight Eucharist

The Carol Services at 6.30pm on 21 & 23 December as well as the Midnight Eucharist at 11.30pm on 24 December are particularly popular and people arrive very early. The majority of the seats are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Doors will open one hour before the services start – however in the event of bad weather we will try to open the doors 15 minutes earlier than this.

Groups needs to ensure that all of their party is together before entering the Cathedral, as reserving seats will not be permitted. Any member of the group arriving after the rest of their party has entered will have to go to the back of the queue. We will also be asking everyone to ensure that there are no empty seats next to them.

Please be assured that we will try to accommodate as many people as possible, but when the Cathedral is full we cannot allow anyone else into the building.


We believe there has been a church on this site since AD 606. There may well have been a church here even earlier. Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London, and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship here well before that.

Significantly, Southwark stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames at what was the only entrance to the City of London across the river for many centuries. It is not only a place of worship but also of hospitality to every kind of person: princes and paupers, prelates and prostitutes, poets, playwrights, prisoners and patients have all found refuge here.


Living GodThe Cathedral community is
embarking on a programme which will bring together our worship, our prayer, our study, our action, indeed every part of our life, in what we are calling, LIVING GOD. In the autumn, spring and summer terms in the year ahead we will be looking at the ways in which our relationship with the Living God affects everything that we do, the decisions we make, the way we live as well as what we do within the Cathedral and beyond it. Click here for more information.

Mission Statement Southwark Cathedral stands to the glory of God

We are committed to:

WORSHIP in this holy place

GOSPEL values in all we do

WELCOME and respect all people, serving them in the name of Jesus Christ.

Southwark Cathedral is a member of The Association of English Cathedrals