Catford is a lovely area in the borough of Lewisham, which has transformed into a buzzing south-east London suburb with great Victorian and Edwardian properties. South-west of the town centre is Curverley Green conservation area and the Corbett Estate – properties in these areas do not get the recognition they deserve, with homeowners instead tending to sway towards Dulwich, Forest Hill and other surrounding areas. Within time, Catford will be one of the leading areas in south-east London and one of the most desirable areas to reside in.

Interesting facts about Catford

Catford has one of the oldest theatres south of the river named the Catford Broadway. This historic venue has served many purposes over the years and was given a whopping £2.3 million renovation in 2001, which was used to make the building more luxurious.

One of the most prominent landmarks is the Catford Cat, a giant fibreglass sculpture of a black cat above the entrance to the Catford shopping centre.

Corbett Estate and Team Catford are part of the conversation for improving the area of Catford and also preserving historic landmarks within the area. This is done by liaising with Lewisham Council.

Attractions in Catford

Catford Street Market is one of the main attractions that embodies the area’s creativity and diversity. The market includes various different stalls, including vintage & bric-a-brac-style stalls, fresh fruit and spice stalls and many more. Catford Street Market is a great spot to grab food, shop and stroll around – it’s especially great for soaking up the south-east London community spirit.

Mountsfield Park has over 32 acres of greenery and playing fields, facilities that include a tennis court, children’s play area and a café. It has great green space for individuals and families to enjoy what this park has to offer, with entrances from Brownhill Road, George Lane, Stainton Road and Carswell Road.

Catford offers an extensive range of food including Caribbean, Lebanese, Italian and Turkish. Mekan is a Turkish cuisine with a relaxed atmosphere, serving great portions of food for a reasonable price. With the famous Nando’s located on Rushey Green, this gives those in the area a nice list to pick from. There are also many chilled drinking spots, including Ninth LifeCatford Bridge Tavern and Bottle & Bar.

Major developments in Catford

Lewisham Council have started to make improvements to the area, with developers such as Barratt Homes redeveloping large plots of land including the greyhound stadium with 589 properties in 2017. The council also continues to campaign for the extension of the Bakerloo line, which would create growth not only for Catford, but for the borough in general.

Education in Catford

Catford is a great area with several state schools. There are 12 primary schools in the area, a well-known one being St Dunstan’s Junior School. Watergate Primary is a school that caters to pupils that have learning difficulties, helping children develop their education between the ages of 3-11. Rathfern Primary School and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School are also in the are, both rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

Catford area has five secondary schools, one which is part of the ‘Education My Life Matters’ scheme – this offers education to students with behavioural problems, pushing them back into mainstream education. For more information on the performance of these schools, please visit

Places of worship in Catford

There are many places of worship for those who reside in Catford or the surrounding areas such as an Evangelical church, King’s Church London, an Anglican church, St Laurence Catford, Lewisham Islamic Centre, Catford and Bromley Synagogue and Lewisham Sivan Temple.

Photos of Catford

Who is this area good for?

Source the Area think this area is a particularly good fit for first time buyers.

Partner estate agent in Catford

For help finding property in Catford, please visit Strickland & Co.

Average property prices in Catford

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Nearby stations at Honour Oak Park, Sydenham and Forest Hill

National Rail

Catford – 30 mins to London Blackfriars

Catford Bridge – 15 mins to London Bridge


75 to Croydon

122 to Crystal Palace

171 to Holborn

185 to Victoria

N171 to Tottenham Court Road


The South Circular Road (A205) rights straight through the heart of Catford, with easy connections to the Blackwall Tunnel and M25


Popular cycling routes include the A21 towards Lewisham or Bromley

Best roads in Catford

Inchmery Road, Bargery Road, Fordel Road, Arngask Road, Ravensbourne Road, Penerley Road, Arran Road

Crime in Catford

Catford falls under the Metropolitan Police Service; the police are proactive in reducing the rate of crime in this area and as such, Catford has a low crime rate of 5 crimes a month per 1,000 residents. For more information and crime prevention advice, please visit Met Police.

Nearby towns


Forest Hill