Borough of Lewisham

Catford is located in the Borough of Lewisham and is bordered by Hither Green, Lewisham, Bromley, Forest Hill, and Sydenham. Catford is widely seen to be up and coming, with £300 Million being invested into the area, the Bakerloo line being discussed regarding extending it through Catford, and a new road system being signed off.


Did you know?
  • The first significant planned housing development was the luxury estate called Ravensbourne Park, which began in the 1820s.
  • Catford was the ford (across the River Ravensbourne) where cattle would cross
  • It is said that the name Catford originates from many black cats being thrown into the River Ravensbourne during the witch hunts
  • The Excalibur Estate in Catford is a prefab estate built after WW2 and was one of the largest in Britain. It is now planned for most of them to be demolished despite opposition from locals.


Look out for

Broadway Theatre – A large art deco building was built in 1932, this theatre hosts many different shows to suit all tastes

Catford Food Market – An artisan food market with an eclectic mix of shopping and street food, made for and by local residents

The Catford Cat – This is a giant sculpture of a black cat at the entrance of the Catford Centre

Catford Canteen – A roaming pop up eatery in Catford centre



Local shopping includes Tescos, Aldi, Lidl, the Co-op, Homebase, Wickes, and Halfords. Catford centre has some local shops, and the daily Catford market sells plants, multicultural foods, fruit and vegetable toys, and clothes.



Archibald’s – An independent coffee shop serving great food and coffee

Deli Mavi – Turkish restaurant serving a range of light meals and drinks

Nandos – Well loved chain restaurant serving peri peri chicken

Kaspas Dessert Shop – A lively chain dessert shop specialising in waffles and pancakes



Catford Bridge Tavern – Recently under new management, this pub offers a wide range of drinks and some great meal deals

Catford Constitutional Club – Traditional pub serving British food and drinks

Bottle Bar and Shop – Handmade cocktail bar, also with a shop serving cocktails and other drinks to take away

Little Nan’s Broadway Theatre Saloon – Award-winning, quirky cocktail bar, and tea parlour



In Catford, there are a lot of Victorian and 1930’s properties. There are also many freeholds due to new council rules that you are unable to convert them. Sought after areas include Culverley Green Conservation area, Corbett Estate, and Meridian South Development.



Catford to London Blackfriars in 24 minutes

Catford to London St Pancras International (Thameslink) in 33 minutes

Catford Bridge to London Cannon Street in 21 minutes

Catford Bridge to London Charing Cross in 20 minutes

Hither Green to London Charing Cross in 20 minutes

Hither Green to London London Bridge in 9 minutes


Other Transport

There are lots of Bus options in Catford offering access to Orpington, Biggin Hill, Elephant and Castle, Lewisham and Bromley. The A205 South Circular runs throughout Catford and access to M25 is only a 20 minutes drive.


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