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Southwark Cathedral

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Pronounced "Suth-uck," this is the oldest Gothic church in London, with parts dating back to the 12th century. It remains off the beaten track, despite being the site of some remarkable memorials and a concert program that offers regular organ recitals at lunchtime on Monday (except in August and December) and classical music at 3:15 on Tuesday (except in December). Originally the priory church of St. Mary Overie (as in "over the water"—on the South Bank), it became a palace church under Henry VIII and was only promoted to cathedral status in 1905. Look for the gaudily renovated 1408 tomb of John Gower, a poet who was a friend of Chaucer's, and for the Harvard Chapel, where John Harvard, a local butcher's son who went on to found the American university, was baptized. Another notable buried here is Edmund Shakespeare, brother of William. The Refectory serves full English breakfasts, light lunches, and teas 9–6 weekdays, 10–6 weekends.

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London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA, England

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  • Free, suggested donation £4
  • Daily 8–6


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