While being situated in travel Zone 2 and only seven miles from central London, Lewisham still maintains an unusually suburban charm. With excellent transport links, as well as beautiful Edwardian and Georgian properties, commuters and families alike have begun snapping up property here. Ample green open spaces and ongoing redevelopment schemes mean Lewisham is becoming a hotspot for residents and businesses wanting a central location with a relaxed atmosphere.
Nearby places of interest
Lewisham town boasts the Riverdale Shopping Centre, which is one of the biggest indoor malls in London and visited weekly by nearly 240,000 people. There is also a thriving local street market, where occupants can buy fresh food for lunch. Popular restaurants line the streets, offering an opportunity to entertain visiting clients, before heading to one of Lewisham’s many cinemas, theatres or museums.
There are many leafy walkways on which to run or stroll at lunchtimes and plenty of green open spaces with beautiful views, perfect for al fresco dining and relaxing. A seven-mile-long path follows the River Ravenbourne and there are several public parks and gardens, including Hithergreen Nature Park and Hilly Fields Park.
The Royal Greenwich Observatory is a few moments away and offers exhibitions, shows and events, for a complete day out.
Already in the neighbourhood
A wide variety of sectors are represented throughout Lewisham’s professional landscape. It is a thriving hub for growing companies with a hive of start-ups and an annual event, ‘Lewisham Means Business’, to give advice to new business.
Area history and pop culture
The town of Lewisham was established during Saxon times and has had a rich and colourful history since. Before industrial revolution, it was a mill town, producing everything from leather, through to corn and steel. The Riverdale Mill still survives today, converted into luxury apartments.
Population and demographics
Lewisham’s 32,519 strong population has a relatively young average age, at just 32, while 38% of people are educated to degree level.
Transport for London has identified Lewisham as a hotspot for expansion and proposals to extend the Bakerloo line towards New Cross and Lewisham are being discussed.
The Borough of Lewisham benefits from rail services by the following companies: Southeastern, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground, Southern rail and Thameslink.
The Southeastern line comes into Lewisham station then travels south, via Ladywell and Catford Bridge, to Lower Sydenham in the south of the borough. The line also services Hither Green and Lee in the east, Grove Park to the south-east and Blackheath in the north-east. Commuters can travel between London Bridge and Lewisham in 20 minutes when using this link.
The suburban loop of the Thameslink line calls at Nunhead, Crofton Park, Bellingham, and Beckenham Hill stations, connecting occupants with Kings Cross, Gatwick and Luton Airports.
The Southern line brings commuters from South London and Sussex, running along the western border of the Lewisham boundary and calling at Sydenham, Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Brockley, New Cross Gate, as well as South Bermondsey.
Occupants of offices here can also choose to ride the DLR to work, as Lewisham is this line’s southern terminus.
The London Overground line stops at New Cross, where tenants can join Southeastern rail for the final five minutes’ journey to Lewisham.
The following bus routes service the area: 21, 47, 54, 75, 89, 108, 122, 136, 178, 180, 181, 185, 199, 208, 225, 261, 273, 284, 321, 380, 436, 484, 621, 931, P4, N21, N136, N47 and N89.