Stretching from Lewisham to Greenwich, Deptford combines beautiful parks with ornamental gardens, picturesque walks and a nature reserve with contrasting architecture. The soaring tower blocks of the 1960s are interspersed with contemporary new homes, lending the area an eclectic feel. Described as ‘a boisterous concoction of blue-collar aesthetics and intermittent hipsterism’ in 2009 by The New York Times, Deptford has a strong sense of identity, whilst hints at its dockyard past are still evident throughout the town. Spanning two Royal Boroughs, and located only five miles from Central London, it’s no wonder young professionals are making it their home.
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Deptford’s quirky charm filters through its streets, and nowhere more so than on Deptford High Street, where you will find a mixture of cafés, pop-up shops and of course the renowned flea market. London’s pie and mash shops have been a staple fixture in East London since the 19th century; Manze’s was established in 1902 and serves traditional pie and mash with eels. Just off the high street and underneath the platforms of Deptford Railway Station, you will find the Jamaican bar-kitchen Buster Mantis; not only can you enjoy their delicious punch and jerk, but it also hosts regular art exhibitions, screenings and events.
Deptford Cinema is run by the community, for the community. A fascinating programme of films includes cult movies, Hollywood blockbusters and even films by local filmmakers. The performing arts centre, The Albany, hosts a diverse programme of shows including dance, drama and family fun. Central to their work is the involvement of local people, through participation and partnerships.
The numerous local parks are great places to enjoy an outdoor run or engage in other outdoor activities. The local leisure centre is Wavelengths, which boasts a cycling studio, group exercise studios, health suite, swimming pools and a café.
From Deptford High Street you can board buses 53, 177, 225, 453 and N89. By DLR it takes less than 15 minutes from Deptford Bridge to Heron Quays, which is then only a few minutes’ walk to Canary Wharf (Zone 2). Deptford train station runs regular trains to London Cannon Street, Dartford, Crayford and Barnehurst.
Families will love
How about looking for creatures whilst walking through a wild river? Located in Deptford Creek, Creekside Discovery Centre offers families a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor activities.
Finding good schools is naturally of great importance, and Grinling Gibbons Primary School, Lucas Vale Primary School and Addey and Stanhope secondary school are all good local schools. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Deptford.