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Here is a brief overview of Catford with area information for you, but nothing beats actually coming to visit.
Our area guide gives you a quick overview of the location; from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out and maybe even an urban myth or two.
Catford Town Centre is the heart of Lewisham Borough, with the council offices being based there since 1875. It is one of the last areas in the south east yet to under-go an urban renewal but with millions of pounds pumped in for the regeneration program over the next 10 years, Catford’s future is bright and there’s a lot more here than meets the eye.
ARCHITECTURE & PROPERTY
Catford offers an array of architecture ranging from quaint Victorian cottages on the west side closer to Blythe Hill fields, to modern developments including the transformation of Catford stadium with 589 new homes looking over Ladywell Fields.
Further east there is more Victorian properties thanks to a Scotsman, Archibald Corbett, who had visions of strict grid patterns with local schools and shops. Over a period of 20 years in the early 20th century built a substantial estate now sought after for its strong design, and ideal position.
To the south of Catford we larger and more desirable properties on the leafy green streets of fine Victorian/ Edwardian properties in the conservation area. These rarely come on the market! Classic semi-detached period homes with large gardens and fabulous potential.
As we get closer to Bellingham it then varies to 1930’s house’s leading to the Bellingham estate.
Many of the locals have lived here for generations and now share their community with first time buyers and young families looking for more space and affordable property.
EATING & DRINKING
In the past decade Catford has become one of the busiest places to be with its variety of gourmet restaurants. Whether it’s a light bite of authentic sushi at the Sapporo on a Saturday afternoon to a work do at the local Meze at Mekan; there’s something for everyone.
A quick drink after work at The Bottle Bar & Shop, where there’s a unique range of homemade infused cocktails along with a wide selection of craft beers is slowly becoming a fav with the locals. You may even catch an event round the corner at Fourteen 87 with a prosecco and painting night!
If you’re looking for something a bit different? My new personal favourite is the recently opened pub; The Ninth life. A multi -roomed venue with live music and pop-up street food, a great venue to meet the locals. Not to mention the Catford food festival at the last Sunday of every month, perfect for the foodies out there!
PARKS & COMMONS
Surprisingly, this vibrant part of town is lucky enough to be surrounded by greenery. You could find yourself just a few minutes away from any number of parks, there are corners of Catford that are unusually tranquil for a neighbourhood in a London Zone 3 area!
Between Catford and Hither green is Mountsfield Park, It’s one of Lewisham’s largest outdoor space. As well as having tennis courts, football pitches and acres of land for a swift day out, it is also the host park for Lewisham’s People Day, a fantastic cultural festival attended by 1,000’s; people can enjoy hundreds of international and local performances as well as craft and community stalls with a great selection of food and drink. Unfortunately, the next event isn’t till 2020!
Ladywell fields is also worth a visit, with the rumbling waters of the Ravensbourne river running through the park itself and plenty of bridges for poo sticks. Back in 2010 the three fields linking the park received a £2 million pound fund to revamp the area, a year later it won best new public space in the London planning award.
Also popular for families is the Abbotshall playing fields, its your local Healthy lifestyle centre for all ages and run by community volunteers. It’s a chance for new mums to come together for the toddler soft play area to aspiring young footballers to Yoga lovers; it’s your local community to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
The late, and certainly great, Sir Henry Cooper. Sir Henry grew up in a house in Bellingham and honed his pugilist craft in local gyms from Catford to New Cross. One of the few people who manged to knock down Mohamed Ali! Only boxer who has been awarded a knighthood.
Catford’s Broadway theatre- there a good range of theatre, music and comedy stand-up shows.
Local pubs/ bars: Catford Bridge Tavern, catford constitutional clubThe Ninth Life, Nuvo Lounge, Black Cat, The London and Rye.
Local restaurants: Nandos, Fourteen 87, Catford constitutional club, Fayrooz, Sapporp Ichiban, Mekan, Saigon Foods, Deli Mavi, Thai Garden Catford, Easten Queen, La pizzeria Italiana, China garden and many more!
Supermarkets: Tesco’s, Lidl, Sainsburys local, TFC Catford, Catford Food Centre.
Catford and Catford bridge train station both go into central London (Charing cross in 25mins, London bridge in 11mins and cannon street in 21 mins)
Some of the Local bus that come through Catford: 54 Bus- Elmers end to Woolwich, 122- Crystal palace to Plumstead, 47 from Bellingham to Shoreditch, 75- Croydon and Lewisham, 181 grove park to Lewisham.