Nestled in the heart of South East London, Lewisham boasts a harmonious blend of urban vitality and suburban tranquillity. Rich in diverse cultures and brimming with a lively arts scene, open green spaces, and bustling marketplaces, Lewisham offers a unique variety of experiences to everyone who visits. Those looking to plant their roots here will discover an array of residential options, from historic Victorian terraces to modern developments.
A journey into Lewisham's past reveals a tapestry of historic moments, one of which is particularly striking: in 1897, the world's first electric tram service commenced operation between Lewisham and Blackheath, marking a revolution in urban transportation. Today, while trams no longer roam its streets, the area remains superbly connected, bearing testimony to its forward-thinking spirit.
Whether you’re drawn by its history, the vibrant community, or the promise of growth and regeneration, Lewisham stands proud as a promising choice for new beginnings in London.
Lewisham's location in South East London ensures that residents and visitors alike benefit from excellent public transport links, making journeys across the capital both efficient and convenient.
1. Rail Services:
Lewisham Station stands as a significant hub, offering regular services to Central London via the Southeastern rail network. Direct trains to London Charing Cross, London Victoria, and London Cannon Street ensure that the heart of the capital is just a short journey away.
2. DLR (Docklands Light Railway):
A boon for those working in the financial district, Lewisham’s DLR connects directly to Canary Wharf, Stratford, and Bank. This ensures swift access not just to the city’s commercial centres, but also to shopping and entertainment destinations.
An extensive bus network serves Lewisham, with multiple routes crisscrossing the borough and beyond. Night buses are also available, providing a lifeline for those returning home late or setting off in the early hours.
4. Cycle Superhighway:
For the environmentally-conscious and fitness enthusiasts, Lewisham lies near the Cycle Superhighway, offering a dedicated and safer route for cyclists heading towards Central London.
5. Future Developments:
There’s ongoing buzz about the potential extension of the Bakerloo line into Lewisham, which, if realised, would further enhance the area’s connectivity and appeal.
With its efficient and diverse public transport options, Lewisham ensures that whether you’re commuting for work, heading out for leisure, or exploring other parts of London, the journey is as seamless as possible.
Things to do, Places to eat & drink
Lewisham is an eclectic borough, offering an endless list of activities for all walks of life. Whether you’re a foodie, a culture junkie or looking for family-friendly fun, there is something to capture your attention. We’ve pulled together our favourite five to get you started.
If you love film, live music and comedy then Catford Mews is for you, located in a Grade-II listed, art deco theatre. With a strong focus on community, this three-screen cinema offers low-price tickets, starting at £6.50 for non-members, food from local and independent businesses, including japanese street food, pizza and cinema classics.
You can even get a membership which helps save the pounds even more, giving you 5 free tickets yearly, 20% off cinema snacks and 10% off the food vendors.
Wanderlust Eatery are bringing Lewisham the best in American-style breakfast food daily between 10am and 2pm, the perfect place for a brunch with a difference, whether its pancakes, waffles or a bagel board. Not only is the food amazing, but they offer incredible events to match, whether it's drag brunch, or Bond over Barks, a dog-friendly dating social, there’s always something different to check out in their stylish decor.
Little Faith Brewery
What more could you ask for, delicious beer and street food with an incredible taproom to enjoy it in? Little Faith Brewery brings you all three with ease.
The food on offer comes from three independent kitchens bringing you the very best of pizza,
Caribbean BBQ and Vietnamese streetfood. The Yeast brothers provide the pizza and combine the best of Italian tradition, local trends and British ingredients. Even better they’re wildly generous with their toppings. Jerk-off BBQ showcase all that West Indian food can offer, with Bajan and Jamaican influences creating unbeatable food. And last but certainly not least, Banh Creekside give you the absolute best of Vietnamese streetfood, if you want something a little bit different.
All that incredible food needs something special to wash it down with, and Little Faith has that covered as well, with 12 taps of craft beers, including their range of own beers and a selection of guest beers from some of the best independent breweries in the country, you’re in for an absolute treat.
Make sure you book a table as they get busy.
Fancy a little bit of culture to go along with all the incredible food and drink that the area has to offer. Lewisham Arthouse is the one-stop shop for you.
The arthouse is a not-for-profit artist-led co-operative, founded in 1992. It brings 40 studios to the area for local artists, a public gallery and workshops for everyone, alongside some specialist facilities including an analogue photography darkroom and a pottery kiln. It’s an absolute cornerstone of what keeps the area vibrant and leads the culture charge.
Don’t miss out on your chance to take part in incredible workshops, like life drawing classes, or check out some independent artists in any one of their stunning exhibitions.
Finally, the last place to check out on our list is Brockley Market. If you enjoy cooking and are conscious about where your ingredients come from, or are just looking for some unmissable treats for a picnic, this is the place to be.
Every Saturday between 10am and 2pm, in Lewisham College Carpark, they feature locally sourced produce, whether is seasonal fruit and veg, freshly caught fish, organic bread, cheeses and pies. You’ll be spoilt for choice by all of the friendly traders. You can also get a freshly brewed coffee and freshly cooked breakfast, brunch or lunch while wandering as well.
Lewisham is an incredible area to live, bringing you such an incredible choice of things to do, and fine food and drink. It was certainly difficult to whittle down our recommendations to just five. Thinking of moving to the area, Home Made can help. We have a great number available across the city. Don’t miss out and book your viewing today here, alternatively, give us a call or reach out on Whatsapp.