Southwark Cathedral

an inclusive Christian community
growing in orthodox faith and radical love

The marks of our community are:

  • confidence in God and the Gospel
  • passion for those on the edge of society
  • engagement in vibrant theology and teaching
  • prayerful service of our Bishop and Diocese
  • love for London and the world

Our rule of life is centred on a commitment to:

  • worship
  • study
  • service

and above all

  • to the Living God we know in Jesus Christ

Please pray with us and for us:
God of our life,
may we grow in faith and love
with confidence in you;
alive in Jesus Christ.


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.

Southwark Cathedral is a member of The Association of English Cathedrals