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Exclusive unique venue hire now available at Southwark Cathedral

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London’s oldest gothic church building, Southwark Cathedral, is being made available to hire for exclusive private events set against an architecturally stunning and atmospheric backdrop.
The iconic Bankside landmark can now be booked for fine dining dinners, glittering awards ceremonies, elegant cocktail parties and even fashion shows and film premieres.


All events held at Southwark Cathedral are catered for by Elior, who have developed a selection of seasonal menus including a three-course fine dining dinner and bite-sized canapés and bowl food.

Tempting dishes on offer include slow gin-cured salmon, roast fillet and braised short rib of beef, spiced panna cotta, mulled fruits and brown butter shortbread and a Neal’s Yard cheese board. Canapés equally mouth-watering, with home-smoked confit duck, Cornish crab and samphire arancini and poached quail’s egg Florentine.

Southwark Cathedral can cater for standing receptions of up to 800 people and dinners for 200, with the more intimate retro choir available for smaller events and the option of the Churchyard for outdoor receptions in the summer months.

The Cathedral can be dressed and themed to transform the venue, with options such as dramatic up-lighting between the Cathedral’s arches to highlight the impressive architecture and head-height candlesticks lining the Nave to create a warm and welcoming ambience.

Angus Brydon, Operations Director of Elior said: “Elior has been working with Southwark Cathedral for nearly 10 years, which has given us a chance to see what a fantastic, versatile venue it is. There are few other venues in London with as much history, beauty and scope for unique events, and we are looking forward to seeing what new and exciting ideas we are approached with.”

Private hire of Southwark Cathedral is available for private parties of up to 200 for dinner and 800 for standing receptions.

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