On 2 June 2011 – Ascension Day – I took the chance to ascend to the top of the tower of Southwark Cathedral to participate in the early morning service. After the service, there was a chance for some brief sightseeing.
To the north west, the Other Cathedral – St Paul’s Cathedral – could be seen. In the distance to the west was Victoria Tower (part of the Palace of Westminster) and the London Eye. To the south is The Razor, a new building at Elephant and Castle, closer to is the railway line into London Bridge, with the new Thameslink Viaduct still under construction. At London Bridge, the station is undergoing change, including the construction of The Shard, now the tallest building in the UK, and soon to be the tallest in Europe.
Around the North Transept could be seen the most recent addition to Southwark Cathedral – including the Gary Weston Library (with the Refectory beneath), the Millennium Courtyard and The Link – the glass roofed cloister which joins the old and new together.