Southwark Cathedral

Art Night: Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge
London SE1 9DA

In 606 a convent was established on the south bank of the River Thames on the site of the present-day Southwark Cathedral. The life, diversity and character of the area are revealed in the tombs and monuments within the church. Among them is that of John Gower (c.1330-1408), poet and friend of Geoffrey Chaucer (whose Canterbury Tales begin in Southwark). There is also a memorial to William Shakespeare, who spent much of his life in Southwark. The present building retains the basic form of the Gothic structure built between 1220 and 1420 (following the Great Fire of Southwark in 1212) and various areas were adapted or repaired in the following centuries, followed by a full reconstruction of the nave in the late 19th-century reconstruction.

In the monumental architecture of Southwark Cathedral, Art Night presents the UK premiere of Reanimation by artist Joan Jonas and the jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran.

Accessibility: This venue is fully accessible. Learn more about access to this venue.

How to get there

  • Public transport - Plan your journey using Transport for London's Journey Planner or call Transport for London on 020 7222 1234.
  • London Underground - The nearest underground stations are London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern), Monument (District and Circle), Bank (Northern, Central and DLR).
  • Rail - The nearest stations are London Bridge (Southern, South Eastern and First Capital Connect services) and Waterloo (from Waterloo East to London Bridge - South West Trains services). Plan your journey with National Rail.
  • Bus - Buses servicing the area are 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 45, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 381, 521, RV1. Bus Countdown information from Transport for London.
  • Bike - Bicycle parking is available just outside the Cathedral (opposite Borough Market), and two additional areas are on the north side of the Cathedral, on Montague Close. You can also use Cyclestreets to plan your cycle journey.
  • Boat - The nearest pier is London Bridge City - approximately 7 minutes walk. Plan your journey with Thames Clippers.
  • Car - There are a limited number of parking meters along Southwark Street. There are also parking meters just off St Thomas' Street. The ParkRight app for mobile, developed for the City of Westminster, can provide you with real time parking space occupancy information.

Art Night is a new annual contemporary arts festival that transforms London for one summer night on 2 July 2016. Your ticket does not guarantee entry, however ticket holders are given priority on the evening. To ensure entry we advise that you arrive in good time.

Please note that all tickets for Art Night events are available for collection at the relevant venue and cannot be collected from the ICA Box Office. For collection please bring your confirmation email or any form of ID which matches the name on your booking. E-tickets are also valid and can be printed or presented on any mobile device. Please see our terms and conditions.

For any queries concerning your booking, please contact the ICA Box Office on 020 7930 3647 or For general information about the festival and the programme please contact

Learn more about Art Night venues

See a map of venues

Learn about Art Night supporters and partners