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Coordinates: 51°29′56″N 0°05′24″W / 51.4988°N 0.0901°W / 51.4988; -0.0901
Southwark Cathedral, 24th floor.jpg
Southwark Cathedral
 Southwark shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ325795
    - Charing Cross 1.5 mi (2.4 km)  W
London borough Southwark
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district SE1
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Bermondsey and Old Southwark
London Assembly Lambeth and Southwark
List of places

Southwark (/ˈsʌðərk/ SUDH-ərk)[1] is the main part of the inner London Borough of Southwark. It is on the Thames, south of London Bridge. It is often called just 'The Borough'. Southwark was once a separate town in Surrey, and was made part of London in 1889.

Southwark has several important buildings: Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge station and the Tate Modern art gallery. Two Roman roads met in Southwark: Watling Street and Stane Street. The area was marshy with islands in Roman times. They built the first London Bridge here.

The word 'Southwark' is pronounced Suthuk.


  1. "Southwark", in The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World (1952), New York: Columbia University Press.