Oft overlooked by Borough Market shoppers (though its toilets are a handy stop, and its pretty churchyard an alfresco lunchtime destination), the nearby Southwark Cathedral is actually a fascinating historic site. The building is largely Victorian (though it does star a beautiful 13th century retro-choir originally among other ancient features), and houses the tomb of John Gower as well as that of William Shakespeare's brother, Edmond. Other Shakespearean highlights include a stained glass window above depicting characters from 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', 'Hamlet' and 'The Tempest' as well as a plaque honouring the great Sam Wanamaker, champion of the recreated Shakespeare's Globe. The Cathedral operates as more than just a tourist spot, with daily services, classical music concerts and public events. It also offers a religion-themed gift shop and cheerful refectory.
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Southwark Story: The Wrong Side of the River
Discover the exciting history of Southwark at this series of talks led by Southwark Cathedral historian Guy Rowston. On Feb 23 explore impact of the dissolution of the priory south of the river, and on Mar 2 hear about the impact the arrival of the railway...Talks and lectures Thursday February 23 2017