Borough of Lewisham
Lewisham is extremely well connected to The City and Canary Wharf and sits within the centre of the London Borough of Lewisham. Bordered by Hither Green, Ladywell and Blackheath, Lewisham has been transformed by extensive regeneration and significant investment, bringing in widespread improvement to the town centre, local parks, and infrastructure.
Did you know?
- Lewisham was originally called ‘Levesham’ in Saxon times, meaning ‘the house among the meadows’.
- The town centre is surrounded by some of South East London’s most iconic parks.
- Designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham.
- August 1977 over 10,000 counter-demonstrators stood against 500 far-right National Front members, in what is now known as the Battle of Lewisham.
- During World War Two Lewisham town centre was hit by a V-1 flying bomb, causing over 300 casualties and 51 fatalities.
- Lewisham has the largest police station in Europe which is about 10,000m2.
Look out for
Clock Tower – Lewisham’s clock tower is an important historical monument in the area and was completed in 1900 in order to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897
Manor House Gardens – Located in nearby Lee, with lake and fountain, as well as a walled flower garden
Ladywell Fields – This adventure playground is a great day out for the kids. Facilities include a sandpit, play area, athletics track, and an indoor games area
Hilly Fields Park – Complete with City views, café, and regular farmers market
Mountsfield Park – Boasting ornamental gardens, meadows, a bandstand, football pitch, tennis courts, ball court, and play areas. It also hosts the annual People’s Day festival
A variety of bars restaurants and cafes are a popular destination in the High Street, along with Lewisham’s vibrant street market selling fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, and clothing. The shopping centre features over 70 stores including leading national and local retailers such as Wilko, Sainsbury's, Footlocker, JD Sports, Argos, TK Maxx, Boots, Primark, Next, and Marks and Spencers.
Nandos – This well-loved chain serves a range of peri peri chicken options
Levante Pide – A simple and traditional Turkish restaurant
Sparrow – An ever-changing menu focusing on seasonal produce
Rox Burger – Homemade burgers served in freshly baked brioche buns
Model Market – A street food market by Street Feast, serving a range of food from the many stalls
The Station Pub & Rooms – This pub and hotel has stylish interiors and offers all-day food and drinks
Suttons Radio – Serving a range of drinks, this pub has a kitchen coming soon, which will serve food all week. It also hosts pub quiz and live music nights
Fox & Firkin – This pub is a local favourite, hosting lots of events throughout the week
Housing in the area is predominantly late Victorian, with the addition of 1930s houses and modern apartments, including the highly regarded Renaissance Development and Meridian South.
Lewisham to Blackheath in 2 minutes
Lewisham to London Bridge in 9 minutes
Lewisham to Charing Cross 20 minutes
Lewisham DLR to Greenwich in 7 minutes
Lewisham DLR to Canary Wharf in 16 minutes
Lewisham DLR to Bank in 27 minutes
The area has many other transport options, including numerous bus routes and main roads, provide easy access into London, or out towards Kent.