Southwark Cathedral Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

Montague Close, London, SE1 9DA, United Kingdom | 020 7367 6700 | Website

Update - RADAR lock fixed

4.5

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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair

Overview

Just an update from the previous review - the accessible toilet did have a broken lock, this has now been fixed. It's still cramped and full of bins, but the lock works.

Transport & Parking

4

Good access from London Bridge station. From the Tooley Street exit, it's easiest to cross the road and head under London Bridge, which takes you to the accessible entrance through the cafe or learning centre.

Access

4.5

There's a new visitor centre built alongside the original building, which contains a ramp, lift and accessible toilet. Inside the Cathedral, the Nave has level access, there's a good sight line all the way up the chancel, which is uncrowded, and then vergers can put out portable ramps from the transepts up into the chancel. The only difficulty I had was that evening prayer was held in a side chapel that had two steps down and no ramp. Vergers were helpful in carrying my chair, but about half the congregation had mobility aids, so it's a strange choice of location.

Toilets

2.5

The lock now works. But there are two big clinical waste bins, a sanitary bin but no regular bins for hand towels in a very small space. It's an odd shape and there wasn't space to turn my wheelchair around inside it. The door opens onto the busy entrance way, which is awkward as tourists grab the door pulling the handrail out of your grip as you're trying to get out, then crowd around you. It's somewhat embarrassing. This has happened four times now.

Staff

5

Friendly, welcoming, well-trained, and honest about what they can offer in terms of access. They are well aware of the access limitations, such as the lack of step-free access at the main entrance - with such an historic building, and given that they don't own the pavement immediately outside, they need permission from 5 separate organisations to install the entrance lift they want. They're getting there, it will just take time to negotiate with the council etc.

Anything else you wish to tell us?

They're really lovely people, it's very calm inside, the service was short and easy to follow. The welcomer on the door had heard of Euan's guide and was genuinely friendly.

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