Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London and was established in 1106 as an Augustinian Priory. From here they ministered to pilgrims and travellers, and to the sick and the needy of the area, as part of their ministry, the Hospital of St Thomas was established.

King’s still maintains its link with the Cathedral through the merge of the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in 1998. This created the School of Medical Education and The Dental Institute and that is why these students still celebrate their Graduation day at the Cathedral. 

To find out more:

How do I get to Southwark Cathedral?
Southwark Cathedral is conveniently located at London Bridge and is accessible by road, rail and underground. You can find directions to the venue on the Southwark Cathedral website.

Access to Southwark Cathedral is via Green Dragon Court off Borough High Street and then to the South West Doors of the Cathedral ('main doors') and also at the North side of the Cathedral from Montague Close.

What are the food and drink facilities?
After the ceremony you and your guests are warmly invited to attend a reception. Please make your way to the Memorial Garden, Guy's Campus where light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to plan a post-ceremony lunch or dinner, you can take a look at The Southwark Cathedral Cafe or you can try:

Keats Café
Located on the Ground Floor of New Hunt's House, Guy's Campus the Cafe serves sandwiches, soup, cakes and refreshments. Open 8am - 6pm.

Borough Market
Located next to Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market is London's most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce with a variety of restaurants, cafes and food stalls.

What are the accessibility arrangements?
If you or your guests have any special requirements for your ceremony, please be sure to notify us during the booking process when purchasing tickets for your ceremony, so that we can make the appropriate arrangements for you. You can update your booking with these details up to the amendment deadline. 

This is a rundown of key information about accessing the Southwark Cathedral venue:


  • Parking: Vehicles displaying the orange/blue disabled badges are welcome to park in the roads near to the Cathedral.
  • Step-free access: Access to all levels available via lifts or fixed and portable ramps.
  • Toilets: Disabled toilets are located at the West end (ground floor) and East end (basement – via lift) of the Cathedral. Baby changing facilities are available in the toilet at the West end.
  • Seating: Guests in wheelchairs and/or with special needs will be seated with the other guests in their group in areas suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Photography and robing: Access to the robing area is through the main doors to the Henriette Raphael Building. Access to the photography rooms can be gained either via the entrance to New Hunt's House opposite Guy's Hospital or the entrance off the Memorial Garden.

If you need any more information about accessing this venue, more detail can be found at Southwark Cathedral - Accessibility.