Here is a brief overview of Lewisham 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.
ARCHITECTURE & PROPERTY
Much of Lewisham’s current wide range of housing can be attributed to several periods in time leading up to the present day.
Originally an area developed by the wealthy trying to escape the polluted inner city, much of the housing consisted of grand 18th century houses with large gardens. As the city grew and the more affluent began to spread further out, much of this housing was demolished to make way for more affordable housing. By the 19th century many of the grander houses had been replaced by what we see today.
The town was then devastated by bomb damage during the Second World War with much of the town centre having to be rebuilt.
That leads us to the present day; with Lewisham undergoing one of the largest regeneration projects in the South-East of London. Lewisham Gateway will provide 900 new homes, as well as new retail, restaurant and commercial space.
EATING & DRINKING
Lewisham is a melting pot of cultures and what better way to experience that than through your stomach/with your taste buds. From Italian to Chinese and everything in between, notable restaurants include Meze Mangal (Turkish), Enish (Nigerian) and Sparrow (modern European).
If you’re looking for somewhere you can also wash your food down with a craft beer or three, then check out Dirty South (laid-back pub and restaurant) or Model Market (a collection of street food, bars and DJs).
PARKS & COMMONS
Lewisham and it’s surrounding areas are blessed with green open spaces. Closest is Hilly Fields with its free tennis courts, cricket ground and bowling green.
Spread your wings and you can reach Ladywell fields which runs along the Ravensbourne River, Blythe Hill fields with it’s far reaching views across London and the ever-popular Blackheath Common and Greenwich Park.
The cultural diversity in Lewisham and the pool of talent this has created means it’s blessed with artistic people in many different forms; but perhaps this can be seen most in the music industry. Kate Bush, Maxi Priest, Sid Vicious and more recently MNEK can all attribute their place of birth and/or childhood to the area.
Academy nominated Jude Law and, the late, world renowned fashion designer, Alexander McQueen are other famous residents to have been born and raised in Lewisham.
There is an abundance of trains, buses and roads taking you both into and out of London. The railway, in particular, offers great access to the city with trains into London Bridge, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. There is also the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and future plans to extend the Bakerloo line.
With Lewisham being a Termination point for many buses, you can find routes from here that can get you throughout the Capital.