Ancient & Modern

As well as being the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Southwark, the Cathedral is also a parish church with legal and pastoral responsibilities for the people who live in the parish.

The Cathedral is happy to welcome people who live in the parish for baptisms, marriages or funerals. The Cathedral clergy are available to people in the parish who need pastoral or spiritual support. Please contact the Sub Dean by email or call 020 7367 6706.

The Parish

The parish is  geographically small  but contains all the things that make life in London exciting and challenging. The 5,000 people who live in the Cathedral parish come from all over the world and speak many languages. Most of them are young. The Cathedral Parish is however a community, or a network of micro-communities, for every street corner opens up a new and distinctive neighbourhood.  

Local Community

The Cathedral and other local churches play their part in the life of this local community. As well as offering glorious Anglican worship several times each day, the Cathedral offers choir training for girls and boys, and many volunteer opportunities for Welcomers and Cathedral guides. The Cathedral has close links with Lucy Brown House, which offers sheltered accommodation to elderly people, hosts an Al Anon family group and was a founder member of the ROBES Project, a church-run winter night-shelter for the homeless.  

The Cathedral is part of the Waterloo Foodbank.   Volunteers run a session each Monday morning at St George the Martyr church, where stocks are kept.   Donations of food or money may be brought to the Cathedral shop.  For further information please visit here 

There are many opportunities for people who live, study or work in the Cathedral Parish to participate in the life of this vibrant local community, to meet others and to get involved in the planning consultations and the political decision-making which are shaping the future of this neighbourhood. Why not visit our Congregational Community page here


The Cathedral has close and important links with our foundation schools and enjoys good ecumenical relationships with local churches of other traditions and with the Lutheran Cathedral in Bergen, the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Rouen, and with the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. 

To find out what is happening in this exciting and diverse community we recommend you visit the LondonSE1 community website which can be found here