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Southwark Cathedral Tours and Activities

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Southwark Cathedral
With a prime location on the south bank of the River Thames, looking out across London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral is one of central London’s oldest churches, dating back to the 12th century. Its official name is the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St. Saviour and St. Mary Overie.

The Basics
A popular inclusion on London sightseeing tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours, Southwark Cathedral lies close to some of the city’s most popular sights. Artisan market and foodie hot spot Borough Market is right next door, as is the legendary London Bridge. The Shard is just a short stroll away, and the ships the Golden Hinde and HMS Belfast are moored along the Thames. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission to the cathedral is free, but visiting may be restricted when services or other activities are taking place.
  • Visitor facilities include restrooms, a gift shop, and the Refectory Café.
  • Southwark Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Southwark Cathedral is located at the southern end of London Bridge in central London. The nearest tube station is London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines), just a 2-minute walk away.

When to Get There
The Cathedral is open daily to visitors, and worshippers are welcome to attend daily services or hourly prayers. A popular time to visit is for one of the festive carol concerts during the holiday season.

William Shakespeare and Southwark Cathedral
Southwark’s biggest claim to fame is its connection with William Shakespeare, who lived in the parish until 1613. The cathedral houses a monument to the playwright, which depicts characters from his works, and hosts a birthday service for the Bard each year on April 26. Shakespeare’s brother, Edmund, was buried at the cathedral in 1607, and Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre is just a short walk away.
Address: London Bridge, London SE1 9DA, England
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 10 days
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Secret Food Tour: London Bridge & Borough Market w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tour: London Bridge & Borough Market w/ Private Tour Option

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Get a taste of British food, from timeless recipes to creative new cuisine, on this walking tour of London Bridge and Borough Market. Follow your guide to local pubs, market stalls, artisan stores, and bakeries to sample British cheese and chutney, fish ‘n’ chips, and award-winning Lincolnshire sausage. Wash it down with London ale or cider, then indulge in a portion of treacle sponge pudding or some tasty homemade fudge. 
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Ghost Bus Tour of London

Ghost Bus Tour of London

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Tangle with the macabre on a ghost bus tour through London. With your ghoulish guide, visit notorious local haunts (so to speak) of restless spirits, and pass chilling sites of murder, execution, and torture such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and the infamous Fleet Street. Hear fascinating facts about London’s gruesome past and make key stops at the city’s eeriest landmarks. 
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London Food Tour : Feast & Explore London's Southbank!!

London Food Tour : Feast & Explore London's Southbank!!

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We will explore 20+ of London’s major landmarks & the best of British foods. This will give you a good idea of the history & tastes of Europe’s best-loved city After the walking tour we will stop for an hour & taste the best of British foods in one of London's oldest food markets : Borough market. Its a bustling hub of smells and flavours Sights Include : Shakespeare’s Globe Theater London Bridge Southwark Cathedral The Shard (Tallest skyscraper in the EU) HMS Belfast (WW2 Battleship) Square Mile Tower Bridge Tower of London Winchester Palace The Clink Prison Old warehouses from the time of the empire Harry Potter filming locations Borough Market Tate Modern Gallery Foods you will try include : Fish & Chips (mushy peas/gravy), Ale, Pie & Mash (gravy) and a world famous dessert..
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of London Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of London Private Tour

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Checking off London’s top sights is one thing; but discovering its hidden gems independently is quite another. This private tour lets you do both, with a guide to show you the must-sees as well as tucked-away sights that many visitors overlook. View Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and other landmarks, and go off-grid to find old prisons, cemeteries, and other secret places, all as your guide reveals their stories and secrets.
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  • 3 hours
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Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes - with Boat Ride

Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes - with Boat Ride

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Walk through the same London as Harry Potter with this engaging tour which uses projections and quizzes. Move into the magical world with a guide who offers quizzes and spells as you walk through London. See some of London’s most iconic landmarks and hidden corners with a Harry Potter twist, then glide down the River Thames for another perspective.
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The Cloak and Dagger Tour

The Cloak and Dagger Tour

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Discover a darker side of London on this immersive and interactive tour experience. Walk the city’s streets at nights with your guide and hear little-told stories of London’s grisly past – stories you won’t read in any guide book. Then settle down in Southwark’s George Inn and witness the recreation of a true story of murder and revenge, told in the very room in which it happened.
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Haunted London private walking tour

Haunted London private walking tour

Visite Londres is a company of cultural mediation, which offers privates visits of London. The visitor is accompanied by a private cultural mediator who presents them neighbourhoods, museums, monuments, etc., and tells fabulous stories. Our team is composed of dynamic Londoners who will share their knowledge and experience of the British capital. At any time of the visit, the public can interact with the mediator, asking him the questions they want. Ensuing debates and games allowing to learn while having fun. Haunted London, scary stories and legends. From the Tower of London to South Bank, follow in the footsteps of ghosts and gloomy London stories.
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Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

Tower of London River Cruise from Westminster

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Cruise from Westminster to St Katharine's on a 1-hour circle cruise in London. Choose to disembark at any of the stops, including St Katharine's Pier, Bankside Pier, Festival Pier and Embankment Pier, to visit the landmarks in central London. While on the boat, listen to live audio commentary by your captain about the sights you pass and London's rich history. Departures every 30 minutes from Westminster Pier between 11am and 6pm.
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  • 30 minutes
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Borough Market and beyond

Borough Market and beyond

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While Borough Market is firmly on the tourist trail, I will show you the hidden history that not even the locals know. Starting from the famous market we will wander and discover the heroes and villains that makes Borough such an amazing place. Behind the waterfront, with Tate Modern and the Global, there is a maze of streets, with 2,000 years of history to uncover. We will hear about Shakespeare and his rivals, who inspired Dickens and Bankside's dark side! An excellent way to find out more about this amazing part of London, with a qualified London tour guide. Guarantee only small groups, meeting Covid-19 safety measures and away from the crowds in the quiet backstreets. This is a family friendly tour.
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Shakespeare Walking Tour in London

Shakespeare Walking Tour in London

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Retrace the footsteps of iconic playwright William Shakespeare on this 3-hour walking tour of central London. Visit London’s lively South Bank and the legendary Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, plus see the site of the original theatre and its competitor, the Rose Theatre. Additional attractions include the Shakespeare stained glass window at Southwark Cathedral, Winchester Palace, the Golden Hind and the Anchor Pub.
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The 10 Tastings of London With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of London With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Go beyond fish and chips on a private 3-hour food tour of London. The culinary experience combines traditional favorites with international dishes that have found a happy home in the UK. A visit to the bustling Borough Market highlights the huge variety of cuisines offered in the city. Enjoy English tea, Indian Samosa, artisanal cheese, and more. In total, you get to sample seven distinct dishes and three drinks.
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Secret Gin Tours London w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Gin Tours London w/ Private Tour Option

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London is quite literally the home of gin. With its rich history of distilling, exporting and of course, drinking gin, this city is the perfect place to begin your gin adventure. Come with us and discover the beating heart of the booming gin industry in the UK.
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The Mayflower Private Walking Tour

The Mayflower Private Walking Tour

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Discover the long history and numerous landmarks of London’s South Bank on a private 3-hour walking tour. The well-rounded itinerary is perfect if you want to get the lay of the land in this bustling area of the city. Stroll past the Tate Modern, Clink Prison Museum, Borough Market, HMS Belfast, and more. Along the way, listen to beguiling stories about famous locals and historical events.
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  • 3 hours
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Lonely Planet Experience: London Food Tour with a Local Foodie

Lonely Planet Experience: London Food Tour with a Local Foodie

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Delving into London’s music and art landscape without a guide can be hit and miss unless you’re in the know. On this private walking tour, discover some of the city’s legendary music and art sites, together with hidden gems easy to overlook if alone. Discover recording studios and art galleries; view street art and movie locations; and in-between, taste local foods, all as your guide shares behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours London Bridge

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours London Bridge

Your guides are real foodies, and they have made it their goal to introduce visitors to the ‘excellence of British’ traditional food. The guides will be sharing with you their local knowledge of the dining culture and latest gastronomy trends. The local guides will take you to food shops, beloved by the area’s locals, and we are sure that you’ll fall in love with them too. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Shakespeare Walking Tour of London

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Private Shakespeare Walking Tour of London

Led by one of our fantastic guides, who are not only experienced tour guides but actors or directors who trained at some of the finest drama schools in the world including the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this tour is not to be missed! Starting at Farringdon Station we will explore locations that Shakespeare would have been familiar with and which are still left standing after the great fire of London and the London Blitz. We will also explore areas of London, which although much changed, inspired Shakespeare and allowed him to progress from being the son of a glove maker to a servant of the King. During the tour we will learn how Shakespeare became the ‘immortal bard’, debate if Shakespeare wrote the plays we credit him with and explore why Shakespeare’s works are still enjoyed and celebrated in the 21st Century. Please note that due to the distance between locations the tour will use public transport between Barbican and Aldgate Underground Stations.
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  • 3 hours
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'The Crown' Film Locations Private Car Tour

'The Crown' Film Locations Private Car Tour

Explore the magnificent London film locations from the famous TV series ‘The Crown’ on this spectacular five-hour Private tour. Your Evan Evans Expert Guide will bring the incredible royal history to life as you follow in the footsteps of the much-loved Claire Foy and Matt Smith. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple, group, or as a family, we're proud to offer a modern and prestigious fleet of luxury vehicles to cater for everyone,
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Doctor Who Tour of London with 'The Master'

Private Doctor Who Tour of London with 'The Master'

This tour offers you the chance to explore London and see some of its leading sights whilst hearing all about their links to the hit BBC TV series Doctor Who. Led by an experienced tour guide, who is also a massive Doctor Who fan, this tour offers a great day out to anyone who loves the Doctor. Perfect for all ages of timelord on their first or last regeneration this tour is not to be missed!
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  • 3 hours
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London of Shakespeare, private walking tour

London of Shakespeare, private walking tour

Discover London at the time of iconic playwright William Shakespeare on this 2-hour private walking tour. Visit City, South Bank & Southwark, see and discover the History of the cultural attractions that Shakespeare knew, including the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Rose Theatre, and Southwark Cathedral. Visite Londres is a company of cultural mediation, which offers privates visits of London. The visitor is accompanied by a private cultural mediator who presents them neighbourhoods, museums, monuments, etc., and tells fabulous stories. Our team is composed of dynamic Londoners who will share their knowledge and experience of the British capital. At any time of the visit, the public can interact with the mediator, asking him the questions they want. Ensuing debates and games allowing to learn while having fun.
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  • 2 hours
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$29.19
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Southwark: London's Historic Entertainment District Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Southwark: London's Historic Entertainment District Audio Tour by VoiceMap

On this self-guided GPS audio walk we follow in the footsteps of Chaucer and Shakespeare across London Bridge to the south bank of the Thames. Here is the district of Southwark, which used to have a murky reputation, as it provided the entertainment, manufacture and trade that City dwellers wanted but were not permitted within the boundaries of the City. You will visit ancient inns, churches, hospitals, markets and prisons, covering nearly 2,000 years of London history. The walk ends at the massive former Bankside Power Station, now converted into one of London's top tourist attractions - the Tate Modern Art Gallery. Excerpt from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - read by Rebecca Dittman. Courtesy of Librivox. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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Private Tour: Secret Gin Tours London

Private Tour: Secret Gin Tours London

London is quite literally the home of gin. With its rich history of distilling, exporting and of course, drinking gin, this city is the perfect place to begin your gin adventure. Come with us and discover the beating heart of the booming gin industry in the UK. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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$122.39
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